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How to make the most impact with your sustainable home reno

Blog | September 14, 2021

A sustainable home improves your comfort, air quality, and increases the long-term value of your property, but how do you make the most of your green renovation?

Building is a science, and the way we understand that science is by evolving. Solar power and energy-efficient furnaces are great investments, but it’s important to look at your home as a system of moving parts that work together. That perspective shift makes it easier to find room for improvement. Perhaps you have an eco-friendly furnace but your windows leak. Maybe you’ve made the change to solar power, but your walls are poorly insulated.

Before you start your sustainable home renovation project, here are three steps not to overlook to maximize your net zero savings.

1. Sustainable home insulation and sealing

One of the most important, and often overlooked, aspects of a sustainable home renovation is insulation and sealing.

From sheep’s wool to cellulose fibres made from recycled newsprint, a myriad of options are available when it comes to choosing eco-friendly insulation.

What about sealing? You have solid insulation, but that’s only the first step on the journey to reducing the amount of heat that escapes from your newly renovated home. So where do you look next? Consider high-performing windows. The federal government’s new green retrofit grant could amount up to $5,000 in financial support for replacing windows and doors during your net zero reno.

Designed to reduce the amount of moisture passing through the walls and ceiling, vapour barrier paint is a primer and finish that stops condensation from forming on the inside of your wall and prevents air leakage.

2. Heat recovery in a sustainable home

Everyone in the Fraser Valley can benefit from a heat recovery system.

Also called an HRV, this system not only expels stale air and moisture from inside your home but also pulls in fresh air from outside. But, before that fresh air is channelled into the house, your new HRV transfers the heat from the warm expelled air to the fresh cold air. What you get as a homeowner is a continuous supply of fresh air to keep you comfortable.

With our more temperate climate compared to our northern B.C neighbours, an electric heat pump is another green alternative to consider. Unlike traditional heaters that convert energy into heat, an electric heat pump pulls warmth from the outside air or ground into your home. And, during the warm summer months, it pushes that heat back outside.

Combine the heat-saving technology of an HRV with an electric heat pump and you have an environmentally conscious heating alternative for your sustainable home reno.

3. Deconstructing over demolishing

Before you take the wrecking ball to your spare room, take a moment to see if there is anything you can restore and reuse.

It might require some additional labour, but everything from light fixtures to undamaged wood could be put to purpose during your renovation. And, with rising material and disposal costs, deconstructing rather than demolishing is a smart net zero reno decision that also saves you money.

From deconstructing to smart heat recovery solutions, the world of sustainable home renovations is full of opportunity.

As leaders in B.C.’s commitment to net-zero homes by 2032, Stattonrock Design + Build is dedicated to finding new and innovative ways to help you turn the home you have into the sustainable home you want.

Are you ready to imagine the impact of your sustainable home renovation? Reach out to our team of builders, designers, and integrated trades for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.


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