Building energy efficient homes in Vancouver will take on a new look in the next decade. The benefits are unquestionable. You save money on your utilities, can sell energy back to B.C. Hydro and it’s great for the environment. The benefit of an energy efficient home that most people overlook is the resale price.

Energy efficient homes are the future of living in Vancouver and Lower Mainland.

3 Tips On How To Build An Energy Efficient Home In Vancouver

1. Build With Insulating Concrete Forms

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) replace traditional wood framing allowing homes to be quieter and more energy-efficient than those built with traditional construction methods.

How much money will you save with ICFs? Depending on consumption the average household can save 30-70%. On top of that homes built using ICFs also are up to 5 times quieter than a wood-frame home.

If you still need convincing, building with ICFs, it saves at least 10 trees per home.

2. Harness Power of the Earth with Geothermal Heating

Historically geothermal heating and cooling has cost up to $100,000. It taps into a renewable resource that never runs out and is over 3 times more efficient than conventional heating and cooling systems.

But with costs expected to drop to $25,000 within the next few years, geothermal may be cheaper and more efficient than Tesla’s Solar Roof.

Geothermal systems replace your existing heating, cooling, and hot water equipment. The base harvests natural energy from under your home. A geothermal system uses a heat pump and underground pipes to move heat between the earth and your home. This is the most efficient way to heat and cool your home.

3. Solar Roof or Solar Panels

It is no doubt that Tesla has made driving an electric car sexy. They are trying to do the same with their Solar Roofs. When Elon Musk presented the system, he proposed that Tesla’s solar roofing system would be priced similarly or less than traditional roofs; unfortunately that is not the case.  

The Tesla Solar Roof is a mix of active solar tiles and inactive simple glass tiles, and as the percentage varies, so does the eventual cost. A 35% mix would cost $27.51 per square foot. Traditional cement tiles, cedar shingles, and branded asphalt shingles all come in under $10 per square foot.  

Having said that, incorporating a traditional roof with solar panels instead of solar tiles will give you the same result but with a considerably lower price tag. Exactly how much depends on a variety of factors including power needs, location, and more but can range from $7,000 for a basic install up to $30,000 with the average install being around the $18,000 mark.

Not ready for solar? No problem – all new homes being built in BC are required to be solar ready so you can add them when you are ready.

If you were purchasing a new TV today, you could purchase a running model that is 720p resolution that is not smart or the latest 4K resolution model with built in WiFI and streaming apps. Both will look similar hanging on your wall but there is a night and day difference in their performance. Same goes for technology when you are building a home – however, you can count on new home building technology staying current much longer. If you build an energy efficient home today – it will remain so for the decades to come.

If you are ready to build your next home using any of the above energy saving innovations, contact Icon at 604-728-9466. Not only will your home be more comfortable to live in, cost less to heat & cool, but will have a better resale value if you ever decide to sell.