SERVICES

Energy Step Code Compliance

Energy Step Code Compliance

Energy Step Code Compliance

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 We work with builders to model energy-efficiency requirements, conduct air tightness testing and verify plans to meet desired energy performance requirements of a given step of the BC Energy Step Code. 

Basic Service

Energy Step Code Compliance

Energy Step Code Compliance

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 This service consists of an on-site evaluation, energy performance modelling and blower door air tightness testing. This service enables stakeholders to become “energy literate” regarding their homes and the decisions related to them.

Renovation Upgrade Service

Energy Step Code Compliance

Construction Upgrade Service

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 This service expands upon on the Basic Service of an existing house and provides consulting services for strategizing renovation plans in a home to promote better energy performance and occupant comfort. 

Construction Upgrade Service

Blower Door Air Tightness Service

Construction Upgrade Service

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 This service strictly provides consulting services to new home builders during the design stage in identifying better energy performance strategies through energy modeling analysis.  

Blower Door Air Tightness Service

Blower Door Air Tightness Service

Blower Door Air Tightness Service

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 This service can be offered separately to a builder or renovator to identify air leakage locations, assess airtightness and to aid in the improvement air leakage control practices.

Rebates And Incentives

Blower Door Air Tightness Service

Blower Door Air Tightness Service

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There are attractive rebates and incentives for you to take advantage with the services we provide. We provide assistance through the submission process to ensure maximum savings on your next project.

More on What we Offer

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Energy Modeling

By utilizing proposed construction plans and specifications we are able to offer a range of energy modeling services:

  •  Building Energy Performance -  In effectively measuring your homes energy performance, we create a computerized model of your new or existing home to assist Canadian homeowners, industry and stakeholders in becoming “energy literate” regarding homes and the decisions related to them. The energy model accounts for the size and geometry of the building, the climate at the building’s location, the effective insulation values of assemblies such as walls, ceilings, windows and doors, and the mechanical systems that keep the house comfortable and provide hot water. We calculate how much energy a proposed building is expected to use under normal operating conditions. Modeled energy consumption in a building relates to space heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, appliance and plug loads. Lean more on the benefits of having an Energuide Evaluation performed on your next project or renovation.


  • Passive Solar Design Analysis - Properly designing your home is essential to maximizing on passive heating and passive cooling strategies to ensure occupant comfort. Building orientation and fenestration placement is one of the lowest hanging fruits builders can capitalize on in making a more energy efficient home. We model your home in 3D and provide optimizations to maximize passive solar energy efficiency. Check out our video link!


  • Solar System Analysis - We model the potential energy performance and savings of a variety of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal installations. Your proposed building and site is modeled in a 3D format for visual representation and analysis. 


  •  Building Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) - We assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of the building product's life from raw material extraction through processing, manufacturing, distribution, use, maintenance, and disposal.


Blower Door Air Tightness Testing

A blower door airtightness test effectively measures and identifies where air is leaking through a building's exterior envelope. In a typical home, air leakage can account for 25-40% of the total heat loss of the building. If we increase insulation levels and put in better windows but overlook effectively air sealing the building envelope, the fraction of total heat loss coming from air leakage increases.


We utilize a specially calibrated blower door apparatus with metering equipment that gets installed into a exterior doorway. We measure the amount of air leaving the building envelope at a 50 pascal (Pa) indoor-outdoor pressure difference. This simulates approximately 33 km/h (20 mph) wind blowing on the house equally from all directions. The airflow through the fan and the indoor-outdoor pressure difference provide air tightness values expressed in air changes per hour (ACH), equivalent leakage area (ELA) and normalized leakage area (NLA).


During our air tightness service, we follow a thorough air leakage location identification procedure to locate the weak points in the building envelope and advise on  recommendations for repairs and retrofits. We believe in educating and providing positive awareness to builders, homeowners and trades-persons in improving energy efficient building air tightness techniques.


We recommend having a Pre-Drywall Blower Door Test incorporated as a fundamental key part of your planning process. Air leakage can be identified early in the building construction process which will save you time and money. When air leakages are found prior to hanging drywall, there is nothing in the way of finding and fixing every single hole. You can ensure in having an airtight building envelope every time.