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Net Zero Home in Pemberton, BC

We’re showcasing this beautiful CHBA Net Zero home in Pemberton by Coast Essential Construction.

Being a Net Zero Home, the house will produce 52 GJ/year on an annual basis. This means the home will produce as much renewable energy as the home consumes.  (GJ = gigajoules).

We really enjoy working on high level projects like this one. Not only will the custom build meet the CHBA Net Zero standard, but it is also designed to achieve Step Code 5 of the BC Energy Step Code.

Coast Essential Construction is a Squamish based company that designs and builds high-performance homes throughout the Sea-to-Sky corridor and the North Shore of British Columbia.

The home has all the characteristics of a High-performance build, including:

  • Below grade walls – ICF R-22 + 2×4 R-14 batt- Effective R-35.5
  • Above grade walls – Exterior Gutex continuous insulation + 2×8 – Effective R-43.5
  • Ceilings – Vault/Flat – Effective R-51.67
  • Air barrier – Exterior house wrap/smart membrane
  • Renewable – 14,600 kWh production Photovoltaic Solar Array
  • Heating/Cooling – Ductless mini-split heat pumps
  • Domestic hot water – Sanden CO2 heat pump water heater
  • Air tightness target – 1 ACH or lower
  • Step Code target – 5

The house is currently under construction, and we’re very excited for the mid construction air leakage testing, that will be coming soon….. stay tuned for updates!


HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence

This year was the 13th annual HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence. These awards recognize the best homebuilding industry professionals in the region.

We are honored to win alongside Naikoon Contracting for the Best Custom Home: $5 Million and Over, and Best Energy Labelled Home: Custom (White Rock Next Zero).

We are privileged to work with such motivated professionals who are constantly setting new standards of building high performance homes. We can’t wait for what next year’s awards hold!

The complete list of winners can be viewed online at www.havan.ca/awards/


FortisBC New Home Program Requirements

Starting May 1, 2022, all Step 3 applications for Single Family Dwellings, Townhomes and Duplexes in the City of Vancouver will need to achieve the 2.5 ACH target.

This is an alignment with the Step 3 ACH target set out in the Step Code. There are no ACH target metric changes to the other Step levels. As well, please note that there will still be no changes to the alternate airtightness metric of 2.1 NLA for Laneways built in the City of Vancouver.

Read more about the program HERE.


Heat Pump Rebate Updates

CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program Updates

Effective July 1, 2022, customers who want to apply for a heat pump rebate under the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate program will need to have the work completed by a Home Performance Contractor Network (HPCN) member.

Heat pump rebate applications with invoices dated on or after July 1, 2022 will only be accepted if the customer has used an HPCN member. 


What happens if a customer does not use an HPCN member?
Applications with invoices dated on or after July 1, 2022 will require the heat pump to be installed by an HPCN member or HPCN In Progress to apply for a heat pump rebate. If the contractor is not listed as an HPCN member or HPCN In Progress the customer will not be to be able to apply for a heat pump rebate.
If the heat pump was installed prior to July 1, 2022, the customer is not required to use an HPCN member to be able to apply for a heat pump rebate.

Where can customers find the list of HPCN and HPCN In Progress members?
betterhomesbc.ca/find-a-contractor or bchydro.com/homerebates

What if a customer can’t find an HPCN member in their area?
Customers can contact homerebates@bchydro.com for support to find a contractor to work with. If the homeowner has identified a contractor they would like to work with, who is not a HPCN member, they can ask their contractor to become a HPCN member. Contractors can become HPCN members by registering at https://homeperformance.ca/about-the-network.

Where can customers find out more information?
For more information visit betterhomesbc.cafortisbc.com/rebates, or bchydro.com/rebates.



CHBA: Building Science for New Homes
When: Thursday, June 16th and Friday, June 17th 2022
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM PDT
Instructor: Luke Dolan

Location: Holiday Inn Express (Burnaby)

What you will learn


This course provides an 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!




Ario Construction Inc.
New 2,100 ft² house
Final: 0.80 ACH

TQ Construction
New 4,000 ft² home
Final: 0.94 ACH

Foxridge Homes
New 3,600 ft² home
Township of Langley
Final: 0.80 ACH

Griffith Homes
New 3,000 ft² home
Black Creek
Mid-Construction: 0.63 ACH


Ducted Heat Pump

Also referred to as a central heat pump or a forced air system, it connects to ductwork inside walls and ceilings and uses the ducts to move warm or cool air throughout a building.

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 Annie at manager@capitalhomeenergy.com

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