NEW HOMES CASE STUDIES

Energy Save New West is pleased to present the following case studies of high performance new home projects that are designed and built to achieve enhanced occupant comfort and improved energy performance.

1010B Third Avenue

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EnerGuide Rating: 61 GJs

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Energy Step Code: Level 4

Project Summary
  • Single-family detached home constructed under Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA) with City of New Westminster
  • 37% better energy efficiency performance than code built home
  • Builder: Allan Greenwood
Key Project Features
  • Pre-fabricated wall assembly (R35+ effective)
  • High-performance windows (USI 0.8, triple-glazed windows)
  • HRV @ 75% efficiency
  • 1.34 ACH @ 50 Pa
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502 Richmond Street

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EnerGuide Rating: 69 GJs

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Energy Step Code: Level 3

Project Summary
  • Single-family detached custom home
  • 27% better energy efficiency performance than code built home
  • Builder: KBC Developments
  • Architect/Designer: Randy Bens Architect
Key Project Features
  • Exterior wall insulation (R25+ effective)
  • ICF foundation
  • HRV @ 80% efficiency
  • 2.49 ACH @ 50 Pa
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1358/1368 10th Avenue

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EnerGuide Rating: 41 GJs & 40 GJs

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Energy Step Code: Level 4

Project Summary
  • Two (2) small-footprint single-family detached homes
  • 28% better energy efficiency performance than code built home
  • ENERGY STAR® for New Home and R2000 certification
  • Builder: Faserit Construction
Key Project Features
  • Improved insulation in wall assemblies (R35+ effective)
  • 2 kW solar PV array
  • HRV @ 75% efficiency
  • 0.90 ACH @ 50 Pa
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121 Carroll Street

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EnerGuide Rating: 76 GJs

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Energy Step Code: Level 2

Project Summary
  • Single-family detached custom home
  • 15% better energy efficiency performance than code built home
  • Builder: Meridian Pacific Construction
Key Project Features
  • TECA Quality First™ installed furnace
  • Natural gas tankless condensing domestic hot water (0.97 EF)
  • HRV @ 61% efficiency
  • 1.84 ACH @ 50 Pa
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Energy Step Code

In April 2017, the Province of British Columbia adopted the BC Energy Step Code as regulation. The new standard is a tool designed to help both government and industry chart a course to a future in which all new construction across the province is “net-zero energy ready” by 2032.  For Part 9 homes, there a series of five (5) steps that incrementally increase the performance-based energy-efficiency requirements for new construction projects.

Step 1 entails modelling energy performance and measuring airtightness to ensure that a building will meet or exceed the minimum energy-efficiency requirements in the base BC Building Code. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the scale, the highest step represents a “net-zero energy ready” standard – a standard that is being met by the most energy-efficient projects being developed today.

In short, the BC Energy Step Code provides more consistency to industry, establishing a standard set of performance requirements, while offering local governments a simple and effective set of standards to support their energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction goals.  For more information on the Energy Step Code, visit energystepcode.ca