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History proves the power of a rainscreen

• • Construction methods

On British Columbia’s west coast, rainscreened buildings have become the norm over the past 20 years.  Builders have installed thousands of them, after they became mandatory in the building code in the late 1990s.  In other parts of North America, this type of sealed building envelope may still seem new and unproven, but if you […]

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How rainscreens solved B.C.’s leaky condo crisis

• • Construction methods

The 1980’s and 90’s were a dark era for B.C. homebuilders. Business was strong as condos were popping up all over the south coast.  It should have been nothing but good news for the construction industry. Unfortunately, changes in the province’s building code allowed condos to be built using designs better suited to the desert […]

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Why duct cleaners need easy-to-access HVAC systems

• • health focus, product focus

Just like building technologies, maintenance practices are constantly changing and should be carefully monitored. One of the home upkeep services currently growing in popularity is duct cleaning. Increasing awareness of allergies, air quality, and perceived risks associated with clogged vents is driving concern and action on the part of homeowners. Mechanical contractors, builders and industry suppliers […]

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Why a HRV / ERV Ventilation System is a Smart Investment

• • HVAC, technology focus

Today’s modern homes are wonderfully well sealed. Building technologies have improved significantly to block outside air from coming in, and inside air from leaving. It’s all in the name of energy efficiency, but stale air trapped inside a home can now gather pollutants and make it uncomfortable to live in. It can even lead to allergies […]