The Ranch: 2019 Saanich Environmental Award Winner
Our new location was designed and constructed to meet the level Step 4 requirements – part of the BC building code to create net-zero energy-ready buildings. We built The Ranch with an enclosure-first approach: featuring better insulation, improved airtightness, and optimized solar shading. We have a high-efficiency HVAC system, a 50-year metal roof, and energy-efficient windows. An exterior air barrier, made by SIGA, creates a tighter building seal, resulting in fewer air exchanges and lowered heating and cooling requirements, and the highly efficient heat pump system provides a comfortable environment with minimal energy use. We chose North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) -rated doors, even though they’re not required in a commercial space, to further improve our building envelope.
The design and building techniques that went into this property changed it from a building that was proven to be cost-prohibitive to operate and maintain, resulting in the failure of several businesses, to a safe, comfortable, high-performance building to house our company for many years to come.
If you’d like to know how we can help you build an energy-efficient home or office, give us a call.