Sustainable Building Programs

This is an abbreviated summary of various types of ‘Efficient Building’ that applies in British Columbia.  For detailed questions on each program please CONTACT US or the Authority pertaining to the type of building program.

Passive House

Main Focus

  • Building Shape

    Gulf Island Passive House © HA Photograhy 2015

  • Solar Exposure
  • Superinsulation
  • Air TIghtness
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Ventilation
  • Reduce Thermal Bridging

Cost of Program Comparison

Cost of Program refers to administrative costs only, not cost of building materials or methods.  This is a rough estimate only; costs will vary depending on the size and complexity of the house, and the services required.

  • $$$$

Ease Of Use/Compliance

  • On a scale of 1 (Easy) to 5 (Difficult):  5

Air Tightness Requirement

  • 0.6 AC/H

Uses Energuide

  • No, Energuide is not a requirement.

Built Green

Main Focus

  • Envelope & Energy

    Mermaid Manor:  Bright Idea Photography

  • Materials & Methods
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Ventilation
  • Waste Management
  • Water Conservation

Cost of Program Comparison

Cost of Program refers to administrative costs only, not cost of building materials or methods.  This is a rough estimate only; costs will vary depending on the size and complexity of the house, and the services required.

  • $

Ease Of Use/Compliance

  • On a scale of 1 (Easy) to 5 (Difficult):  1

Air Tightness Requirement

  • No specified target

Uses Energuide

  • Yes

Net Zero

Main Focus

  • Solar Exposure
  • Efficient Construction
  • Integrated Renewables
  • Grid-tied
  • Water Conservation

Cost of Program Comparison

Cost of Program refers to administrative costs only, not cost of building materials or methods.  This is a rough estimate only; costs will vary depending on the size and complexity of the house, and the services required.

  • $$

Ease Of Use/Compliance

  • On a scale of 1 (Easy) to 5 (Difficult):  2

Air Tightness Requirement

  • 1.5 AC/H

Uses Energuide

  • Yes

LEED

Main Focus

  • Innovation & Design
  • Location & Linkages
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Awareness & Education

Cost of Program Comparison

Cost of Program refers to administrative costs only, not cost of building materials or methods.  This is a rough estimate only; costs will vary depending on the size and complexity of the house, and the services required.

  • $$$$$

Ease Of Use/Compliance

  • On a scale of 1 (Easy) to 5 (Difficult):  4

Air Tightness Requirement

  • No specific target

Uses Energuide

  • Yes

R2000

Main Focus

  • Energy
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • Sustainable Materials

Cost of Program Comparison

Cost of Program refers to administrative costs only, not cost of building materials or methods.  This is a rough estimate only; costs will vary depending on the size and complexity of the house, and the services required.

  • $$$

Ease Of Use/Compliance

  • On a scale of 1 (Easy) to 5 (Difficult):  3

Air Tightness Requirement

  • 1.5 AC/H

Uses Energuide

  • Yes