Not just rebuilding the economy, but a complete retrofit and establishment of building codes that support the needs to combat climate change. This is the moment to create a roadmap for a society that is more resilient to these macro shocks – whether they are brought about by a pandemic or climate change.
A deep retrofit of homes and buildings is the megaproject Canada needs. Post-COVID is an opportune time to invest nationally in climate-oriented upgrades that will improve efficiency and move us toward a low-carbon future.
We live, work and play in buildings. How they are built has a direct impact on our health and well-being. That’s why we’re going to make buildings work better for people all over the Pacific Northwest.
B.C.’s economic recovery is an opportunity to build resilience – Catalyst Business Coalition letter to B.C. premier John Horgan
Publication – April 9, 2020 – By Catalyst Business Coalition
Imagine a home that can stand up to extreme weather, be it heat waves or water surges, while bringing your gas bill to zero and keeping your electricity bill manageable. Considering that buildings are responsible for 12% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, our building sector needs to stop imagining and act.
With buildings being the leading source of GHG emissions in Canada, new building standards like Passive House and the BC Energy Step Code are becoming norm to achieve sustainability targets and address climate change – and we are seeing dramatic changes, performance demands, and advances in North American fenestration.
Westeck’s Composite Door Frame PVC is maintenance free, resists swelling, rotting and splitting Up to 70% more thermally efficient to wood.
Future versions of the National Building Code (NBC) are expected to be mimicked by the provinces, providing a regulatory push that will increase product demand from larger, mid-level projects and make a persuasive business case for more manufacturers to invest. In the meantime, “Unless it is a high-end multi-unit or commercial build, most contractors and designers are not interested in Passive House-certified windows.”
The Westeck Sales Team came in from our Showrooms across the Pacific Northwest to attend a training session at our plant 2 door facility on the NEW maintenance free door jambs.
The Skeena Residence will be a six-storey facility, housing students in modified traditional bedrooms with standard amenities including lounges, informal study space, an activity room and laundry facilities. Students will be taking residency at this fantastic new facility as early as August 2020.