Merry Christmas from Sonbuilt

Merry Christmas from Sonbuilt!

Merry Christmas!

We at Sonbuilt Custom Homes would like to take a moment to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

2019 is already shaping up to be a busy year for Sonbuilt!  This past fall we have worked diligently at completing the site services at THE VINE at Pepin Brook.   We are excited to be starting construction in the Spring.   If you are looking to have a home designed and built, be sure to contact us early in the New Year.

All the best this Holiday season!  And … a big thank you to all of our customers, staff, trades and suppliers!  We couldn’t do this without you!

radon gas

Radon Gas in Your Home

What is Radon Gas?

We all want our homes to be as safe as can be for our family. There is a danger that we are just becoming aware of that most people probably haven’t ever heard of in the form of Radon gas.   Radon gas is an odourless, tasteless, invisible radioactive gas produced from the breakdown of uranium in soils.

Why is Radon Gas so Dangerous?

Radon gas is airborne and can be inhaled.  While in your lungs, these particles breakdown even further, releasing small bursts of radioactive energy causing damage.  As a result, there is an increased risk of developing lung cancer when they reproduce.

Did You Know …

Health Canada estimates that about 16% of lung cancers deaths in Canada are attributable to radon.  It’s the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading environmental cause of cancer.

 

How Can Radon Gas Get Into My Home?

Radon can get into your home anywhere it finds an opening where your home contacts soil.  For example, cracks in foundation walls and floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, and water supply.

To find out if your home has a radon problem you have to measure the radon concentration inside of it.

How Do I Test My Home for Radon?

There are radon professionals in the Greater Vancouver area like Radon Environmental who can work with you to test your home.  They provide radon mitigation solutions for residential homes and workplaces.

As a builder, we use radon mitigation products in the construction of your home to decrease the amount of radon gas capable of seeping into the home.   By doing so, we ensure your new home is safe and free from harmful levels of radon gas.

Health and safety is one of our top priorities, which is why radon mitigation is an important aspect to every one of our new homes.  We urge you to look into what you can do to keep your family safe.

Watch our video to learn more.

Radon Gas

Rainwater Tanks

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting – The Answer is in Nature

Last month we celebrated “World Water Day” which gives us the opportunity to seriously consider how we as individuals and as a society are conserving or wasting the water at our disposal. This year’s theme is “The Answer is in Nature”, here at Sonbuilt we couldn’t agree more. Living in the Fraser Valley we are very accustomed to wet rainy days, those days provide the plenty of opportunity to harvest rain water and use it instead of letting be wasted down a storm drain.

Rainwater Harvesting Basics

A rain water harvesting system collects the water that falls on your roof and stores it in tanks until you are ready to use it. There are some limits to those uses; however what you are able to use it for includes flushing toilets, laundry, and even watering your lawn during the dry weeks! Sonbuilt is actually responsible for the construction of a home with the largest Graf residential rain water harvesting system in Canada, comprised of 9 tanks that that can hold up to 1,700 U.S. Gallons of water each.

An Economic Option

Water conservation is not only environmentally friendly, but it is also economic. After the initial cost of the tanks and the pump, there is no charge for collecting the water from your roof, and then redistributing that to your plants at a later time, or using it to dispose of waste after every flush of the toilet.

Feel free to visit the websites of our suppliers:  University Sprinklers and Barr Plastics.

Sonbuilt Rainwater Harvesting

Whole Home Surge Protection

Protect Your Investment with Whole Home Surge Protection

Protecting your entire home from power surges is an important step in keeping your home safe, especially during seasons of high winds and ice storms.  We’ve had some interesting weather this winter resulting in several days of power outages and very cold temperatures.  I heard of several homes encountering devastating power surges leaving home electronics destroyed and unsafe.

A Holmes Approved Product

This past January we visited the International Builder’s Show in Orlando with Mike Holmes and his son, Mike Holmes Jr. and daughter Sherry Holmes.   One of the booths we stopped by at was the Eaton booth.  Eaton sells a small, cost effective device that provides whole home surge protection.  This is a  Mike Holmes approved product and offers a smart way to keep your home safe from potential power surges.

Install One In Your Next Home

As a Holmes Approved Home builder, Sonbuilt Custom Homes installs this surge protection device in the homes we build.  Just another step we take to build new homes right!

Introducing “THE VINE” at Pepin Brook!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

We are very excited to introduce you to THE VINE at Pepin Brook!  This 16 lot development featuring upscale high performance homes is coming to the West Abbotsford area of the Fraser Valley in 2018.  Each home will be minimum ENERGY STAR qualified resulting in lower energy bills, better home comfort, and healthier indoor air quality.  These homes will be, simply put, better to live in.

Standards Approved by Mike Holmes

As an added bonus, each home will be built to standards approved by the Holmes Approved Homes program.  This program integrates proper building practices with quality products to build homes that go above and beyond residential standards from construction to final inspection.  Sonbuilt Custom Homes is a Mike Holmes approved builder.  We will go above and beyond industry standards to give you the best home building experience we can.

Webpage is Up and Running!

While we are in the initial stages of launching our marketing, we have set up a webpage THE VINE to give information on where and what THE VINE is.  Please visit this page for more information.  In the coming weeks we’ll be adding floor plans and additional information.

Interested?

Interested?  We thought you would be!  Check out THE VINE webpage and put your name on our INTEREST LIST.  These 16 homes will sell quickly!

Stay tuned for our social media advertising!  It’s all coming soon!

Foundation Finishing

Transitioning from an ICF Foundation

Our foundation finishing details are an important part of keeping our homes dry and comfortable.  We use several different waterproof products to transition from our ICF (insulated concrete form) foundations to our exterior cladding.  Using these products ensure our foundations stay protected from water and dampness.

1.  Colphene

The first product we use is called Colphene, by Soprema.  Colphene is specifically designed to waterproof an ICF foundation.

2.  Delta Drain

We also use Delta Drain.  Delta Drain is an effective method to control the flow of damaging soil moisture and hydrostatic pressure through cracks and gaps in below grade structures. It is an essential element of a complete waterproofing system.

3.  TuffX

The final product we use is TuffX.  We use TuffX as a transition strip between the ground level and the exterior cladding.  TuffX is extremely durable and tough.

ICF foundations are known for reducing cold spots and drafts in basements.  By waterproofing our foundations we limit the potential for moisture to seep in through the foundation and fuel mold and mildew growth within interior finished basement walls.

For more information contact us!

Foundation Finishing

Insulated Concrete Forms

Insulated Concrete Forms – A Better Foundation

We Believe in Building Better.

In a new home, there is no better place to start better building than in the foundation.  We choose to build the foundation of each home we build with insulated concrete forms.

A Better Foundation.

We use ICF (insulated concrete forms) to produce a more comfortable, quiet, durable and energy-efficient home than homes built with a traditional foundation.  For the customer who wants year round energy savings and comfort,  a foundation built with insulated concrete forms is a great benefit!

Today’s video on New Homes Built Right Jonathan discusses icf and some of the materials used to put an icf foundation together.  Don’t miss it!

Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo

Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo

Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo 2017

We are very excited to be in the Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo in Abbotsford at Tradex next weekend!  Come visit us at booths 212, 213, and 214.

This Fraser Valley based home and garden show has a vast array of both interior and exterior products for your home and features a number of landscaping, remodeling, interior design, and home construction companies from areas throughout Greater Vancouver.

Main Stage Speakers!

As well, both Jonathan and Carmen Zerkee of Sonbuilt Custom Homes are very pleased to be guest speakers on the Main Stage at the show.  We are speaking Friday at 5:15pm, Saturday at 1:30, and Sunday at 1:30pm.  Come hear our presentation “Live Better:  The High Performance Home”.

Show Details

Show Location:  Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC

Show Times:

Friday:  1pm – 9pm

Saturday:  10am – 6pm

Sunday:  10am – 4pm

Visit the following link for show admission and additional information.  Fraser-Valley-Full-Page-Ad

See you at the show!

Building Science – What is It?

Defining Building Science

In the past, designers and builders considered each aspect of a home – foundation, walls, windows, roof, plumbing, electrical, all the parts that make up the home – individually.  Today, we know all aspects of a home work together as a system to create a comfortable, durable, healthy living environment.  Balance all these components together and your home will be far more energy efficient than a home in which these aspects are not working together in harmony.

The study of homes as a system is called Building Science. 

Your home interacts with the surrounding environment and those who live in your home.  The following components have an effect on the overall system:

  • Outdoor temperature, wind, rain, air quality, and dust
  • Everyone living in the home, including pets
  • The materials that make up the envelope of the home like the foundation, exterior walls, windows, roof, and floors
  • Interior aspects that remain fixed in the home
  • Appliances, equipment, and furniture
  • The mechanical and electrical system, ventilation and heating, plumbing and electrical components

Each component will affect the overall performance of your home in terms of energy efficiency, durability, and longevity.   When the systems in your home are not working together, the overall health of your family could be compromised through poor indoor air quality, mold growth, and poor ventilation.

Think about your current home.  Do you see any concerns? 

  • Condensation on windows
  • Rotting windowsills
  • Damaged drywall
  • Bubbled or flaking paint
  • Musty smell
  • Mould on walls
  • Mouldy drapes, carpets or furniture
  • Mould in closets

Think About This

Building to the standard BC Building Code is not enough to ensure your home is a healthy place for you and your family.  It is the minimum standard, but by no means a healthy standard.

If you are considering building a new home, ensure your builder is well qualified to build a healthy home.  This is probably going to be the biggest investment of your life.  Make it a healthy one!

For more information on healthy living environments, download a copy of “Moisture and Air Guide”, by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Council.

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!