Draft on Site was recently invited to consult with the Sustainability Office of the City of Vancouver. During that meeting, we made recommendations about how to make it easier for Home Owners to achieve better energy efficiency in their houses. We also addressed which upgrades we would make to the current City of Vancouver Energy Efficiency requirements and why we would make them.

Why Draft on Site was asked to consult with the City of Vancouver about energy efficiency upgrades for residential renovations

The City of Vancouver is in the midst of developing a Single Family home renovation strategy to help create more healthy, comfortable and energy efficient housing.

In order to make the strategy as strong as possible, the City is drawing on the experience of companies like Draft on Site. Of course, we were happy to help – and honoured to be one of the companies selected to help with the development of the Single Family home renovation strategy.

How to make your home more energy efficient while you await the City of Vancouver’s Single Family home renovation strategy  

1. Install heat pumps

Heat pumps are a great way to balance heat and cooling throughout the year. Using a minimal amount of electricity, heat pumps transfer heat energy from a warmer area to a cooler area or vice-versa. This process gives you a effective, energy-efficient way to get the perfect temperature in your home year-round. If you are considering installing heat pumps, remember that you will need one system for your home’s upper floors and another for the lower floors, as these two areas need to operate at different temperatures.

2. Add Exterior Mounted Insulation

Exterior Mounted Insulation is one of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. We are big fans of Mineral Wool Insulation. One of the reasons we like this kind of insulation is its slow burn time. In the event of a fire, this can be key to saving your home. EPS/XPS Hard Foam Insulation is another highly effective option to consider. This insulation is actually more effective than Mineral Wool, but it does have Fire Safety concerns that should be taken into account.

3. Use Structurally Insulated Panel Systems (SIPS)

Structurally Insulated Panel Systems are key to energy efficient upgrades for residential renovations in the City of Vancouver. In essence, SIPS are two pieces of building material, such as wood, with insulation sandwiched between them. We especially like SIPS for refitting roofs, bringing them up to code and making them energy efficient.

4. Get electric ready

In the coming years, your home will likely have more electric appliances – and you may end up driving an electric vehicle. Instead of waiting until your home’s electric demands overwhelm you, we suggest getting electric ready now. Some basic changes can prepare you. For example, consider upgrading your Electrical Panel so you have for an Electric Vehicle Charging Station, as well as Electric Heat Pumps and Hot Water Tanks.