Modern Home on Bowen Island

For this month’s featured project, we wanted to showcase this beautiful modern home in Bowen Island built by Mil Con Custom Homes Ltd and designed by Amy Adams.

This picturesque home achieved final building code compliance of Step Code 4 ….Congratulations Mil Con Custom Homes!

The house is a great example of how to meet the higher levels of the Step Code with a simple design, and low air tightness score, without blowing the budget.

By keeping the design simple, this helps reduce thermal bridging with minimal corners, and reduced wall surface area, which results in less heatloss through the home.

The simple design is also advantageous to air barrier continuity, and application.  The home used an exterior permeable self-adhesive peel and stick membrane for the exterior air barrier, and also installed an interior poly air/vapour barrier.

The final air tightness score was 0.94 ACH (air changes per hour).

Other house characteristics include:

  • Heating/Cooling – Daikin ductless mini-split air source heat pump
  • Domestic Hot Water – Navien condensing tankless 96% efficient
  • Ventilation – Venmar HRV 75% Sensible Recovery Efficiency 
  • Windows – Westech high performance double glazed lowE Argon gas USI 1.42 windows
  • Walls – 2×6 R-22 Batt

For more information on this home and to view more pictures,  click here



CALL FOR ENTRIES: CHBA Georgie Awards 2022

Call for entries for the 2022 Georgie Awards is now open!

It is that time of year again! The 2022 Call for Entries for the Georgie Awards is now open

Projects and products built, renovated, developed, created and/or marketed for the period of January 1, 2020 – November 1, 2021 are eligible for the 2022 Georgie Awards. 

The online entry form closes at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021. All completed online entry forms must be submitted by this time. There will be no extensions.

For more information on participating in the 2021 Georgie Awards, click here


SPRING CHBA Member BC Member Survey Results

CHBA BC Member Survey results are out!

In May of this year, CHBA BC conducted a third version of the member survey and received over 150 responses. Below are the key findings: 

  • Most respondents considered themselves homebuilders (55%) followed by renovator (30%), developer (23%), energy advisor (18%), and supplier (9%).
  • 70% of respondents have seen their business and work activity increase from November 2020.
  • 45% of respondents expect to see an increase in their business and work activity in the future, compared to the last 6 months, with 44% believing that it will remain at the same level.
  • When asked which subjects were currently present challenges to your housing projects 73% indicated supply chain and construction material costs and 70% saying local municipal development and building approvals and permit issuance.


To view the full results of the survey, click here


CHBA: Building Science for New Homes – Burnaby 
Instructor: Luke Dolan
When: Thursday, September 16th & Friday, September 17th 
8:30 am – 4:30 pm PDT
Location: Holiday Inn Express Metrotown – 4405 Central Blvd, Burnaby BC

What you will learn
This course provides and overview of building science issues and sound business practices. This course is a pre-requisite to become a certified Net Zero, R-2000 or ENERGY STAR builder, and is suggested for participating in the EnerGuide for New Homes and Built Green programs. 
Registration is open until seats are filled!



Crown Isle Homes
New 4,000 ft² house
Final : 0.66 ACH

Griffith Homes
New 2,900 ft² home
Mid Construction: 0.76 ACH

TRF Woodcrafts Ltd
New 3,500 ft² home
Campbell River
Final:  0.75 ACH

Ryan McQueen Contruction
New 4,800 ft² home
Final  0.84 ACH 



An Integrated Design Process is a comprehensive holistic approach to building design that seeks to achieve high performance by collaboration

It is a collaborative process that focuses on the design, construction, operation and occupancy of a building over its complete life-cycle

Please remember to book your mid construction and final tests at least two weeks in advance!

Friendly reminder to all builders needing to book their mid construction and final blower door tests. Please give us a call two weeks in advance to ensure we can have you on the schedule and to ensure a quicker turnaround time for your reports! We recommend contacting us for your mid construction test when insulation has started.

Any Questions? 

For information on the BC Energy Step Code, EnerGuide ratings, Blower Door Airtightness tests, Thermal Imaging, BuiltGreen, Net Zero Homes contact Vanessa at manager@capitalhomeenergy.com 

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