Founded in April 2017, the BC Energy Step Code was implemented to increase energy efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code. This initiative is optional but aspires to make buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032.
This Energy Step Code is completely voluntary and currently is only on the books for the province of British Columbia. Though this is voluntary, local governments across BC can choose to require or incentivize certain steps of the Step Code through legislation.
As we grow in technological sophistication, more and more technologies have come to the fore to make your home more energy efficient and minimize your carbon footprint. Besides decreasing your carbon footprint, making your home energy efficient just makes good financial sense – and it helps the environment. We’ve listed below some of the more popular technologies that can make your home more energy efficient.
Our summer getaways are supposed to be fun sanctuaries that we retreat to once a year to make the most of the summer months. It isn’t uncommon to have your summer home by a lake or in the middle of nowhere to get the feeling of getting away from it all. Choosing where your home is going to be located is important but choosing items that will beautify your home is just as important. Normally, this can be extremely expensive, so we decided to come up with a list of items all under $20 that will make your summer home look fantastic.
Summer is almost upon us, and if you’re anything like me you’ll want to get the most out of this brief but thoroughly enjoyable season. Yes, summer does mean going to the beach and getting out and enjoying nature but many of us also prefer to relax and enjoy our outdoor living spaces. Here are six things you can do to get your patio or deck summer ready.
The theme for 2018’s Emergency Preparedness Week is Be Emergency Ready. Being ready for an emergency is one of the best ways of ensuring your own well-being and the well-being of your family. One of the easiest steps to take to make certain that everyone stays safe is to create a plan of action in advance of an emergency and practice it until everyone knows it so well that they won’t forget a step, even in the midst of the fear and anxiety produced by an actual emergency.
Passive homes are homes designed to meet a strict set of standards regarding energy usage, the loss of interior heated or cooled air through leaks, and a lack of sufficient insulation. These homes are referred to as passive homes because they lose so little heated or cooled air that a comfortable interior temperature can be maintained with little or no forced air, central air conditioning and heating systems that use fossil fuels. Instead, the main source of cooling and heating comes from thick insulation, energy exchange and heat transfer ventilation systems, the orientation of the building on the lot, the use of landscaping and hardscaping features to produce shade, and the use of architectural materials and features and interior furnishings to deflect, reflect, or absorb heat as well as provide shade.
With summer just around the corner, you may be just getting ready to go out and enjoy your cabin or summer home. You may not want to think about leaving already, however, when your time at your summer cabin or vacation home is over and you must regretfully leave it to return to your primary home, you will want to be certain that your summer home is secure. Ensuring that your home away from home is not sitting vulnerable to vandals, burglars, or extreme winter weather, will give you peace of mind during the winter months. There are several measures you can take to accomplish this.
With the various shading options out there, it can be difficult to determine which best fits our needs, especially when it comes to interior and exterior blinds. As the names imply, interior mounted blinds are mounted inside your window casing while exterior mounted blinds are mounted on the outside of your window. Which option is best depends on your location, budget, and what you would like the blinds to achieve.
When planning a home remodel or designing a new home, green building principles can conserve resources and save money. Becoming familiar with common green building principles helps you to decide what’s important in home design and plan for energy-efficient home improvements.
Reducing waste is one of the keys to improving the environment. Decreasing the amount of waste produced by humans helps to reduce pollution reducing emissions needed to produce one time products and packaging, it saves much-needed landfill space and reduces energy consumption.