A Zero Energy Home

What is a Zero Energy Home?

A Zero Energy Home is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.

These buildings consequently do not increase the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They do at times consume non-renewable energy and produce greenhouse gases, but at other times reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas production elsewhere by the same amount.

Most zero net energy buildings get half or more of their energy from the grid, and return the same amount at other times. Buildings that produce a surplus of energy over the year may be called “energy-plus buildings” and buildings that consume slightly more energy than they produce are called “near-zero energy buildings” or “ultra-low energy houses”.

The Harmony House in Burnaby, built by Insightful Healthy Homes Inc., produces more energy from on-site renewable energy systems than it consumes in a year.  The home is a highly insulated airtight building featuring vacuum insulated panels and triple glazed windows.  It incorporates both passive solar heating, a solar domestic hot water system and grid-connected photovoltaic panels.  Ultimately, this home is an energy efficient, healthy home with a low environmental impact.

 

We are currently building a near-zero energy building in Abbotsford.  Stay tuned for future updates on our exciting project!

Sonbuilt Home in Langley

A Happy Customer

The best moments in the life of a custom home builder often take place when the keys are handed over to an excited, happy customer.  We had one of those moments this week.

We met our client over two years ago.  A fire had resulted in the loss of a home and a life.  Six weeks after this tragic event our client contacted us for the first time.  At our initial meeting we listened.  We listened a lot. It was difficult for us to comprehend the sadness our client was facing.   At times we really didn’t know what to say.  Sometimes saying “I’m really sorry” seems so inadequate.

Our client was determined to move forward.  Working through the insurance process wasn’t always easy and at times it was frustrating.  So many decisions to make.  Moving on can be a difficult road when a variety of emotions are tangled in the process.

Keeping busy, thinking about designing and building, and considering what a new home could look like proved to be a healer in this case.  And finally, almost a year and a half after starting the process, construction began!

It was a pleasure to build for this client!  The goal was to achieve an energy efficient rancher, complete with a finished walk out basement suite.   During the design phase we ensured many “aging-in-place” features were incorporated into the layout allowing our client to remain in this new home for many years to come.    This R-2000 custom home in Langley is ideally designed for anyone in the “empty nester” years who wish to remain busy entertaining friends, family, and active grandchildren.

To our client – you have been a joy to work for.  We admire your determination and perseverance.  Thank you for choosing Sonbuilt Custom Homes!  If you don’t mind, we’ll be stopping by sometimes to visit!

Welcome home!

Home and Garden Show

BC Home and Garden Show

Visit us at the BC Home and Garden Show this weekend!

We are very excited to be in the BC Home and Garden Show this weekend!  Come visit us at the Holmes Approved Homes booth # 217.

Location:  BC Place Stadium

When we are the Show:

   Thursday:  5pm – 9pm

   Friday:  12pm – 9pm

   Saturday:  10am – 9pm

   Sunday:  10am – 6pm

Visit www.bchomeandgardenshow.com for show times and ticket info.

See you at the show!

Fraser Valley Home & Garden Expo

Stop by the Sonbuilt booth at the Fraser Valley Home & Garden show this weekend!

The show takes place in Abbotsford at Tradex.

Location:  Tradex in Abbotsford    Booth Numbers:  212, 213, 214
Hours:      Friday, Feb. 12         1pm – 9pm
Saturday, Feb. 13     10am – 6pm
Sunday, Feb. 14       10am – 4pm
Cost:        $7 (Cash only)   Parking:  $6

Tradex is located at 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford

Stop by and say ‘hi’!  See you at the show!

Sonbuilt Tradeshow Booth

Home Shows

It’s that time of year again!  Home Shows!

Home Show season is just around the corner.  We’ll be in three shows this year so mark these upcoming dates on your calendar and we hope to see you at the show!

Fraser Valley Home & Garden Show      February 12 – 14

Location:  Tradex in Abbotsford    Booth Numbers:  212, 213, 214
Hours:      Friday, Feb. 12         1pm – 9pm
Saturday, Feb. 13     10am – 6pm
Sunday, Feb. 14       10am – 4pm
Cost:        $7 (Cash only)   Parking:  $6

BC Home & Garden Show      February 17 – 21

Location:  BC Place Stadium
Booth Number:  217  *Holmes Approved Homes Booth
We are excited to be a Holmes Approved Homes Builder!
Visit www.bchomeandgardenshow.com for show times and tickets info

Sonbuilt will be at the booth:
Thursday, Feb. 18        5pm – 9pm
Friday, Feb. 19             12pm – 9pm
Saturday, Feb. 20         10am – 9pm
Sunday, Feb. 21           10am – 6pm

Langley Spring Home Expo      April 8 – 10

Location:  George Preston Rec Centre  –  20699 42 Ave. Langley
Booth Numbers:  79, 80

Hours:      Friday, Apr. 8         5pm – 9pm
Saturday, Apr. 9     9:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday, Apr. 10     10am – 4pm
Cost:        Free
We will have both the Sonbuilt booth and the Holmes Approved Homes booth at the show at Tradex.  We will be using the Holmes Approved Homes booth at the BC  Home and Garden Show.  Details are still being confirmed for the Langley show.

Visit our website blog and Facebook page for updates.  See you at the show!

Conduit for Future Wiring

Fishing a new cable or wire behind walls can be quite a process after a home is built.  It can be expensive too, especially if drywall repairs and fresh paint are involved.

We generally install several lengths of conduit in various locations during the construction of a new home.  Conduits can be buried in the ground, behind the drywall, or in the attic.

By installing conduit, you are free to change or upgrade wiring long after your home is done.

Conduit for future wiring
Conduit for future wiring

Defining a “Custom Home”

We are often asked “What is the difference between a custom home and a spec home?”.

When someone builds a custom home, the future home owner has full control over the design of the home and what goes in it.  A spec home is typically built by a builder before the future buyer is involved.  In a spec home, the builder chooses the style and finishes in the home.

As a custom home builder, our customers are involved in the process of creating their new home from start to finish.  We both design and build.  No two homes are the same.  Each home we build is unique for each customer we work with.

If you are dreaming of your own home and wish to build one day, contact us today!

Visit this page for more information on the Sonbuilt design process.

 

We’d love to chat!

It’s Here! New Website Announcement!

We are pleased to reveal our newly designed website for Sonbuilt Custom Homes!  Check it out!

This new website is more agile, easier to navigate, and entirely mobile friendly.  It’s designed to allow our web visitors to find information quickly and easily.  Our main goal in designing this site was to help our clients and potential customers get to know us better and get a feel for who we are as a company.

We are happy with the results and look forward to adding to it in the months ahead.

Thanks for visiting!

Carmen Zerkee, Sonbuilt Custom Homes Ltd.