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Monolith Housing Solutions leads the charge in redefining modern living through its innovative approach to energy optimization in new developments. Seamlessly blending cutting-edge technology and eco-conscious design, Monolith homes epitomize sustainability. Intelligent sensors intricately manage lighting, heating, and cooling, adapting to residents' preferences and daily rhythms. The integration of solar panels harnesses renewable energy, reducing reliance on conventional power sources and minimizing carbon emissions. Energy-efficient materials and construction techniques, coupled with smart water systems, further underscore Monolith's commitment to resource conservation. Residents benefit from real-time insights into their energy consumption, fostering an environmentally conscious lifestyle. Monolith not only constructs homes but envisions interconnected communities, creating a blueprint for the future where new developments are hubs of sustainable living, promoting eco-friendly practices and minimizing environmental impact.

Our Advantage

  • Cost Reduction

    Our energy efficient techniques often times turn out saving developers money on building costs!

  • Home Owner Savings

    The savings continue to be passed down to the homeowner long after home development!

  • Customizability

    At Monolith Housing Solutions we make sure that your home will always be amenable to future upgrades.

Monolith housing reshapes urban landscapes with a focus on energy efficiency. Its cohesive design minimizes energy waste through advanced insulation and optimized ventilation. Innovative technologies, such as smart thermostats and energy-efficient appliances, make sustainability seamless for residents.

BC Energy Step Code

The BC Energy Step Code is a performance-based standard that establishes five steps (or performance levels) for energy efficiency in new construction buildings in British Columbia, Canada. Builders can choose to meet any of the steps, or go beyond the code, based on the specific needs of their project and the desired level of energy performance.

To comply with the Energy Step Code, builders need to demonstrate that their building meets the requirements of the chosen step. This is typically done through energy modeling and/or on-site testing to verify that the building meets the required energy efficiency targets.

The Energy Step Code sets energy efficiency requirements for building envelope (including walls, roof, windows, and doors), heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The specific requirements for each step vary based on the building type and climate zone.

The BC Energy Step Code is a voluntary standard, which means that builders can choose to follow it or not. However, some local governments in BC have adopted the Energy Step Code as a mandatory standard for new construction buildings. Builders who follow the Energy Step Code may also be eligible for incentives or rebates from government programs or utilities.

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  • The performance approach for Step 3 in Part 9 construction remains the default option. Local governments wishing to enable a prescriptive energy efficiency approach for Step 3 in Part 9 construction must pass a bylaw to enable that approach. This responds to feedback from rural or remote communities who wish to maintain a prescriptive-based option, while also meeting requests from other local governments wishing to retain the performance-based approach.
  • Backup heat from wood stoves and decorative gas fireplaces will be excluded from GHG modelling in Part 9 buildings. This responds to feedback from communities that experience frequent power outages.

The Building and Safety Standards Branch will release more information in the coming weeks to support a smooth rollout of the change. Email building.safety@gov.bc.ca if you have questions.

*Taken from the BC Energy Step Code newsletter February 2023

The Staircase

Outlined below, the regulation establishes performance benchmarks for new construction, categorizing them into incremental “steps” applicable to diverse building types and provincial regions. The Lower Steps entail more straightforward compliance, while the Upper Steps present more ambitious targets. All entities with authority over the BC Building Code, including local governments, have the option to mandate or encourage builders to adhere to one or more steps of the BC Energy Step Code, offering an alternative to the code’s prescriptive mandates.

2023 Updates

Update from the Building and Safety Standards Branch
BC Building Code changes coming May 1, 2023.

The BSSB is happy to announce that the building code changes to enable 20% better energy efficiency and provide an opt-in Zero Carbon Step Code (formerly known as the Carbon Pollution Standard) were signed by the Minister of Housing last week.

Net-Zero Homes

CHBA Net-Zero Homes are homes that are designed and built to produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis. They are high-performance homes that use advanced building techniques, materials, and systems to achieve a high level of energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Net-Zero Homes program is an initiative of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) and provides builders with the training and resources they need to design and construct high-performance homes that meet the program’s energy efficiency requirements. These requirements are based on the CHBA’s Net Zero Home Standard, which is a performance-based standard that sets out a clear and achievable path for building net-zero homes in Canada.

To qualify as a CHBA Net-Zero Home, a home must meet a range of energy efficiency requirements, including:

A highly insulated building envelope with minimal air leakage

High-performance windows and doors

An energy-efficient heating and cooling system

Energy-efficient appliances and lighting

On-site renewable energy generation, such as solar panels or geothermal systems

CHBA Net-Zero Homes are designed to be comfortable, healthy, and resilient, with a focus on indoor air quality, moisture management, and durability. They are also designed to be adaptable to changing energy needs and future technologies, ensuring that they will remain energy-efficient and cost-effective for many years to come.

We are a Certified Net-Zero Energy Advisor who can help you to complete your next dream house or project. Call us for a free consultation.

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