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The Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) Awards for Housing Excellence, presented by FortisBC, highlight the accomplishments of Metro Vancouvers homebuilding industry.
Capturing the very best new-home construction, renovation and design projects in Metro Vancouver, the HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence showcase everything from sublime, custom-built homes to opulent whole-home renovations, and resort inspired outdoor spaces to state-of-the-art smart kitchens.
This year, the HAVAN Awards feature 60 categories, providing ample opportunities to learn about the broad range of custom home builders and designers that are bringing homeowners’ visions to life across the Lower Mainland.
The Awards are putting a spotlight on incredible projects with the latest in high performance building systems and technology for ultimate homeowner benefits. Forget about drafty windows and fluctuating room temperatures, high-performance homes are built better with year-round energy savings, comfort and a focus on the health and wellness of the homeowners and the environment. When families are considering building (or buying) their forever homes, they want to work with award-winning local professionals who are at the forefront of high-performance building standards. Your home is your castle and should be built to last through the ages.
What is a high-performance home? Does it sound complicated, expensive and too high-tech? Not so. High-performance homes provide homeowners with better comfort, healthier living, lower energy bills, better investment and reduced environmental impact. These homes bridge the spectrum of architectural styles, and may include large windows, airy spaces and connected indoor/outdoor spaces.
Your home is your castle. Protect your family and realize the benefits of living in a high-performance home. Choose to build, renovate or buy high-performance.
Rebate ProgramsThe CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs, administered by BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Province of BC, provides rebates for improving your homes energy efficiency through select upgrades.
BC Energy Step Code High performance homes are built to standards above the basic BC Building Code. The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial regulation that consists of a series of steps above basic code, representing increasing levels of energy efficiency performance in homes.
Benefits of High-performance HomesIts important to understand there are many benefits to be realized from building and renovating homes to a higher performance standard. Lower energy bills Better investment Better built homes will last longer, increasing your resale value. Healthier Living Better air quality, abundant natural light, and sound mitigation for an elevated standard of living. Better Comfort A building envelope that is more airtight and better insulated helps you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Reduced Environmental Impact Energy efficient homes use less energy, which means less greenhouse gases and negative impacts on the environment and climate change.
High-performance Home Experts
Look for the label. An EnerGuide* label on your home provides details about your homes energy performance, including how much energy is used for heating, cooling, ventilation, etc. An EnerGuide* label means your home has been third-party verified by an energy advisor registered with Natural Resources Canada. CHBA BC is a service organization licensed by Natural Resources Canada, and delivers EnerGuide*, ENERGY STAR®, R-2000*, and the CHBA Net Zero Home Labelling Program. Passive House Canada offers information on passive house design, building and certification.
Award-Winning High-performance Designers and Builders
The HAVAN Awards showcase the best in new-home construction, renovation and design in Metro Vancouver, including homes that are built to higher energy performance standards.
Take a look through the gallery of finalists and award winners to see what is possible when you choose to build, renovate or buy high-performance homes.
More than just cooking for your family, kitchens are entertaining hubs, and a popular segment of the Awards. Homeowners are invited to feast their eyes on the exceptional state-of-the-art designs, smart technology, and environmental considerations of this years finalists.
A key trend to note is the way kitchens are moving away from stark white and towards infusions of natural materials like wood and stone, with bold features like wrought-iron accents, central counters that flow into table seating, and ceiling treatment that take advantage of this normally underused design space.
Hood fans have become architectural featuresthey are bold in style or seamlessly blended with the cabinetry versus the traditional utilitarian look and function. Contemporary kitchens employ thoughtful, deliberate lighting strategies that create ambiance, task completion ease, personality and love of design.
And another key trend to watch for among HAVAN Award finalistswhether minimalistic, contemporary or modern farmhouse and everything in between, these beautiful, modern kitchen designs capture the essence of homeowners personalitiesthe kitchen truly is the heart of the home, bringing form and function to the home as a hub for entertainment, meal preparation and building memories through everyday family interactions.
The 2022 HAVAN Award finalists announced on March 16 are your source for design inspiration and connection to industry professionals, with photos of these incredible homes available at havan.ca/awards.
The winners will be revealed and celebrated at the highly anticipated Gala to be held at the JW Marriott Parq Hotelthe local homebuilding industrys night to be remembered.
Eager to start planning your dream home and get connected with industry professionals? HAVANs Home Design and Renovation Show, presented by Western Living, takes place at VanDusen Garden on Saturday, April 2.
Homeowners can talk directly with local award-winning designers and contractors and sign up for the Design Labs focused on helping you design and build your forever home right, the first time.
If you are a homeowner interested in leading-edge design, looking to build and renovate high-performance quality homes with industry professionals in the Metro Vancouver region, the HAVAN Awards are the perfect place to find inspirational design and connect with the builders who can help bring your dreams to reality.
Learn more | HAVAN.ca/awards | havan.ca/event/homerenoshow
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