Want to upgrade your home to a more sustainable way of living but don’t know how? You can learn all about building a green home or office at the Light House Sustainable Building Centre in Vancouver BC. Everything from meeting LEED requirements to green financing (you can earn up to $12,345 in government grants) and more can be found at this resource centre that has 5,400 sq. ft. of exhibit space and staffed by professionals specializing in sustainability about BC green building design and technology companies. Light House also provides professional education and training, market research, cost analysis etc. to those who request it.
The city of Vancouver has a Green Homes Program in place. For example, the city aims to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 33% by 2020 and to have all new homes GHG neutral by 2030. There was also the Challenge 2010 in which Light House picked 10 home-owners, gave them technical support and professional training in their respective green home initiative. Each project focused on four areas – water use, waste, electricity use and gas use. Light House published the results and what each candidate has learned.
An interesting aspect is wood which BC has plenty of. In this day and age of global sustainability, wood has gained a newfound popularity as a building material. Why wood? Wood is a renewable resource and a breathable material. It has very good insulation and soundproofing properties and relatively cheap. They also make good energy efficient windows too that reduce heat loss. Helping the BC economy is the sale of wood products in China which has doubled in 2009 with a market valued at $328 million. China is increasingly looking to build eco-friendly and energy-efficient homes to house its burgeoning middle-class. One of the most popular accommodations in China are the six-storey apartment buildings and that’s a perfect match for BC prefabricated wood-frame home building system. Canada and China have signed an agreement to collaborate together to explore this expanding market. Other than housing, there is also a great demand for hardwood lumber to make furniture as well.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre – 2060 Pine Street, Vancouver, BC.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre front entrance looking south. The narrow view is constricted by construction right in front of the building which has nothing to do with Light House.
Light House eco-friendly green products display area for Sunpod, Geotility etc.
City of Vancouver Green Capital info area about the city government’s green home initiatives.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre Sopranature green roof and underlying system.
Wood frame and triple glass glazed window system. Why wood? Renewable resource, good soundproofing, insulation properties and relatively cheap.
AspenClean green and natural cleaning detergent.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre, outdoor Green Cone food waste digestor.
Chopsticks lights, compact and eco-friendly lights that are powered by solar or kinetic energy.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre Sunpod Greenhouse for urban dwellers in small apartments and homes.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre Education centre for professional training.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre, learn what makes a Zero Waste Home.
Light House Sustainable Building Recycled Rubber Surfacing in a bathroom display.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre, resource and education centre.
Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) keeps air fresh and prevents build-up of moisture and contaminants.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre, Innotech glazed window and doorway system.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre, gifts that Light House have received from all over the world including China, Africa etc. On the left is a First Nations Talking Stick by Musqueam carver Joe Becker.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre – 2060 Pine Street, Vancouver, BC
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