March 29, 2005
by Canadian Architect
British Columbia is flying the flag for excellence in concrete construction after two BC builders took home three of the four 2005 Cement Association of Canada (CAC) Housing Awards presented at a CAC sponsored luncheon held in conjunction with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s 62nd National Conference.
Homescape Building and Design Inc. of Summerland BC was announced as winner of the 2005 Award for Design Excellence and was runner-up for the 2005 Award for Outstanding Energy Efficiency for their unique home in the Okanagan Valley demonstrating that you don’t need to compromise design to build an energy-efficient home. The Design Excellence award is given to a single-family or multi-family residential project that makes extensive use of concrete building solutions, while demonstrating outstanding design and functionality.
The Outstanding Energy Efficiency Award is given to the builder whose Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) R2000 certified home has achieved the highest energy efficiency rating based on HOT2000 analysis. Homescape’s Okanagan Valley property is heated by geothermal energy (heat drawn from the earth itself) and achieved an energy efficiency of 43% below their R2000 energy consumption target.
Homescape Building and Design’s home addresses a range of environmental goals, and makes use of numerous innovative technologies. All exterior walls were built using insulating concrete forms (ICF) and concrete was used for both interior and exterior detailing, including an acid-stained concrete shower enclosure and stamped concrete surfaces on the driveway and exterior decking.
ICFs are hollow foam blocks or panels, which are stacked to form the shape of the walls of a home. The forms are filled with reinforced concrete to create a solid structure, sandwiching a high-strength, long-lasting material between two layers of light, high-insulation foam.
Caporale Construction Ltd. of Victoria, B.C., was awarded Honourable Mention in the Award for Design Excellence category. They were chosen for their home located in Royal Bay just outside of Victoria.
The CAC Housing Awards recognize residential concrete building solutions that demonstrate exceptional energy performance and outstanding design aesthetics. For more information on the Cement Association Housing Awards visit: http://awards.cement.ca.