Ecolighten is proud to collaborate with BC Hydro on a recent article in their Smarter Homes newsletter to support 'Architects & Builders' with information on the benefits of integrated Home Performance Design and green building. Titled: "Style & Comfort: the Value of Integrated Design", the article discusses how bringing energy and mechanical decisions upfront ensures that functional and aesthetic solutions are balanced to maximum benefit in new home construction.
Some of the builder, architect and homeowner benefits explored in the article include:
Ecolighten is pleased to have been selected by Buildex Vancouver to provide an educational seminar on Green Building at this year’s conference. Titled: “Creating Bridges between Green Building Theory and Practical Application”, Ecolighten’s seminar explores the decision making process of homeowners when a decision is made to build a sustainable home including trying to meet the principles of green home design without sacrificing our North American lifestyle.
Does energy labeling of homes have a financial benefit? If so, by how much? For homeowners investing in energy-retrofits or green home rating services, the financial benefit on sale or resale has often been unclear.
Ecolighten Energy Solutions is proud to be selected by Naikoon Contracting to provide Home Performance Design services on their Midori Uchi project. Located in North Vancouver, Midori Uchi is targeting to become one of Canada’s Greenest Homes including LEED™ For Homes – Platinum along with the highest Built Green™ checklist score ever achieved.
In addition, Midori Uchi will be one of the first homes in Canada to achieve the new R-2000 certification for energy-efficiency.
Ecolighten is excited to support an exciting new limited time offer from BC Hydro Power Smart and the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association (GVHBA) to support the EnerGuide Rating Service (ERS) for New Homes.
From October 29th, 2012 to January 31st, 2013 (or until Power Smart budget funding exhausted), GVHBA builder members can receive up to $500 off the cost of One (1) ERS model and report. For GVHBA builder members, this an excellent opportunity to take advantage of getting the foundational step for green building completed at a reduced cost. The Power Smart New Home offer specifics are:
When a homeowner makes the decision to build a sustainable home, there are often trade-offs required to meet the principles of green home design while trying not to sacrifice our North American lifestyle. Now, what happens when you layer in a rigorous European home design approach that is not easily incorporated into an ‘off grid’ house on Gabriola Island? Well, in a word…Creativity.
Recently, Ecolighten had the opportunity to collaborate on a custom new Passive Home project on Gabriola Island. In short, Passive House is one of the world's leading standards in energy-efficient construction and the concept is a rigorous home design standard that includes a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people and electrical equipment. The Gabriola Island project showcases how project challenges are met through creative solutions, innovative technologies, sound financial and energy modeling that is combined through integrated design process to create a Passive House without sacrificing some of the conveniences and amenities of the North American lifestyle.
The Ministry of Energy and Mines, BC Hydro Power Smart have announced details of their on bill financing orientation session to be held in the City of Colwood. All Contractors, Certified Energy Advisors and Service Organizations looking to participate in the Power Smart Home Loan program are urged to attend. The energy measures eligible for financing through the Power Smart Home Loan program include insulation (attic, wall, basement) and air sealing/weatherization, air source heat pumps (ductless or central) and solar hot water heaters.
Last week, it was announced that contractors, service organizations and certified energy advisors looking to participate in the on bill financing pilot in the Interior BC must participate in an orientation session held by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). The orientation is designed to cover program design, administrative details and eligibility requirements. In addition, MEM will also be covering off marketing opportunities for contractors and crossover with existing energy-efficiency programs.
Through Home Performance Design, Ecolighten provides architects, builders and their client’s Mechanical Design, Green Home Certification and Energy Services support for new home construction and major renovation projects.
An interesting Home Energy Saving study came out of California last month that focuses on the importance of using ordinary home-life cycle events to achieve cost-effective upgrades of existing buildings. Aptly titled: “Pulling the Trigger: Increasing Home Energy Savings”, the strategy document presents a compelling case to deploy joined-up government policies, alongside private financing innovations to enable accelerated energy-efficiency retrofit action in homes.
In short, various recommendations in categories including disclosure, incentives, enforcement and finance are made that would help homeowners ‘pull the trigger’ on energy-efficiency solutions by encouraging action at three key moments in homeownership tenure, namely: