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Project case studies

Working with you to build alternative energy systems that work

We work closely with developers and builders to help you deliver the innovative energy systems that will meet your development’s needs and attract buyers.

These are some projects we have been involved with. 

Energy efficiency that’s pure poetry

Features: natural gas, insulated concrete forms, 2016 ENERGY STAR® Canada award winner

Shakespeare Homes, known for luxury new home construction and renovations, is setting the bar high when it comes to energy efficiency.

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Vancouver Island apartments

Features: Natural gas

A Nanaimo property owner chose natural gas appliances when building a fourplex of rental suites and gained the benefits of individual metering, cost savings and tenant satisfaction.

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Building a passive house

Features: Natural gas

This innovative home found just the right energy mix with natural gas. A successful passive house relies upon the shape and orientation of the building, and features high performance heat recovery, ventilation, windows and insulation and an airtight envelope. The resulting product is a house with superior thermal comfort and indoor air quality that requires so little heat that the building can be heated primarily by “passive” sources, such as direct sunlight and heat gains from existing appliances and building operations.

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Super Efficient New Construction (SENC)​

Features: passive solar design, superior building envelope, high-efficiency equipment

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas has partnered with FortisBC in support of the construction of highly efficient homes through the Super Efficient New Construction initiative. These homes use significantly less energy than conventional ones, and use some of the most advanced techniques in sustainable design and construction to achieve super-efficient standards.

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Windward Homes​

Features: Natural gas

Windward Homes’ Paul Turner and Adam Sturlis have been building energy-efficient houses in the Parksville/Qualicum area since 1985. When natural gas became available on Vancouver Island in 1992, Turner was onboard right away. “We love it for its energy efficiency and for cooking, plus it was economical to include natural gas,” says Turner.

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Yorkson Creek​

Features: Natural gas

At Yorkson Creek in Langley, B.C., there are no appliance upgrades available because, quite simply, features that are often considered add-ons are already included in the price. All the appliances, from a natural gas fireplace and dryer, to the fridge, microwave and dishwasher all with their stainless steel finishes, are standard and included in the competitive price.

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Water's Edge

Features: Natural gas, individual meters

A 64 suite multi-family residential development in Kelowna, Water’s Edge provides the affordable luxury of natural gas appliances and space and water heating. With individual metering from FortisBC, homeowners only pay for the energy they use.

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Academy Hill

Features: Natural gas, individual meters

Just a short stroll from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna sits Academy Hill. With 78 suites in two buildings, it’s a convenient and attractive housing option for UBC students, with features that help save energy and money.

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