Vancouver Island Commercial Building Energy Consumption

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

Elemental Energy Advisors in the Comox Valley Conduct Energy Audits

Commercial buildings on Vancouver Island, such as hotels, warehouses or small storefronts, consume large amounts of energy to help keep the environment comfortable for the tenants. Elemental Energy Advisors located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, are able to determine where the power is going and what they can do to reduce energy consumption.

An Energy audit can be conducted in order to calculate the energy being used in a commercial building; this is useful to identify large areas of loss.  When these areas are identified, they can be rectified so that your Vancouver Island commercial building is operating as efficiently as possible.

Cristi with Elemental Energy Advisors in the Comox Valley can assist you in lowering operating expenses on your commercial building located on Vancouver Island.

For more information view Elemental Energy Advisors .

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BC Hydro Provides Funding for EnerGuide Labeling

Posted on Aug 5, 2010

Energy Efficient Homes on Vancouver Island

BC Hydro is providing funding to cover approximately 90% of the cost towards EnerGuide labeling, when building a new Vancouver Island home. There is a time frame in regards to this funding and it will only be available until the BC Building Codes changes in 2011. Changes in the BC Building Codes could result in mandatory EGH labeling of all new construction on Vancouver Island.

In the City of Vancouver, it is now mandatory to have EGH labeling on all new construction in order to obtain an occupancy permit.

In order to gain a competitive market edge on Vancouver Island, why not prove that the construction of your new Vancouver Island home is energy efficient through a Natural Resources Canada EGH label on your breaker panel.

Cristi from Elemental Energy Advisors on Vancouver Island, can assist you on EGH labeling, air leakage testing and help Build Green Builders register their homes.

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Majestic Stones and Granite Retailer & Wholesaler of Imported Granite

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

Showroom located in the Cowichan Valley

Majestic Stones and Granite is a Vancouver Island retailer and wholesaler of imported granite countertops, stone sinks, and other natural stone products such as flooring, mortuary stone, fountains, and garden decor which is located in the Cowichan Valley.

The most popular product of this Vancouver Island business is its pre-fabricated granite countertops and kitchen islands. Counter tops come in standard lengths of 96 x 26 inches and are the most affordable retail granite option and may be used to renovate, or when building, your Vancouver Island home. Custom orders are also available.

Majestic Stones and Granite has a showroom located at 150 Station Street in Duncan on Vancouver Island and they may be contacted at phone number is (250) 597-4351. Their cell number is (250) 701-2539 and their fax number is (250) 597-4352.  Come in and see what this Vancouver Island business has in stock.

For more information see Majestic Stones.

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Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Releases June 2010 MLS Statistics

Posted on Jul 7, 2010

Port Alberni Housing Sales Price Increased by 27%

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) released the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) sales summary for June 2010. This summary indicates a decrease in Vancouver Island home sales on a year over year basis, while the average residential home sale price is beginning to level out.

In June of 200, the average sale price for a Vancouver Island home across the VIREB region was $345,118 being a 5% increase from the $329,638 which was posted at the end of June 2009.

It seems that the Vancouver Island real estate market is balancing out. It is reported that the inventory levels onVancouver Island are still growing even though the sales volumes have somewhat dropped.

The following statistics are for the period from the end of June 2009 to June 2010 of the average sale prices forVancouver Island homes across VIREB’s six zones:

At the start of 2010, the Vancouver Island real estate market began to recover from the recession and as we proceed into the second half of the year, the market has started to level out due to supply and demand. For sellers of Vancouver Island homes this means that proper pricing is required and buyers have more of an inventory of residential homes to choose from.

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Inter-Provincial Partnership Completes Online Resources

Posted on Jul 5, 2010

Technical Manual allows Water Balance Model users to “follow the numbers”

The British Columbia Inter-Governmental Partnership (BCIGP) and the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership (ALIDP) have completed the Water Balance Model Technical Manual.

This manual is an online text that is navigable and organized in a way which allows users to understand a variety of aspects of the Water Balance Model in varying degrees of detail. The user can drill down into data variables, equations and other components of the system.

To learn more and access the online manual visit Technical Manual enables Water Balance Model users to “follow the numbers”.

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Vancouver Island a Preferred Destination for Retirees

Posted on Jul 3, 2010

VIREB’s 2009 Vancouver Island Buyer Profile

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) released its 2009 Buyer Profile for Vancouver Island, which tracks where people are coming from, what they are buying and why.

Statistics are for the overall Board area and for each individual zone (Duncan/Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Port Alberni/West Coast, Parksville/Qualicum, Comox Valley, Campbell River, North Island and Island areas).

There were 1,685 completed responses to letters that were sent to residential buyers of Vancouver Island real estate. These responses were entered into a database from which the profile was developed.

First time buyers comprised 19% of all transactions in 2009. This was the highest record for Vancouver Island since 2004 and was due to low mortgage rates and attractive pricing.

Local buyers made up 39% of sales in 2009, which was a result of low interest rates and demand.

Consumer demand from Alberta buyers was higher than expected given the Canadian economic performance in 2009, slipping from 13% to 11%.

A growing segment of retirees seem to be relocating to Vancouver Island and it continues to be their preferred destination. In 2009, forty percent of residential properties purchased on were purchased as a retirement home, which is up from last year. There was also an increase in buyers from other areas of Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island homes that were purchased as a principal residence made up 95% of the sales transactions. Only 3% were investments or rentals.

The Buyer Profile also shows the characteristics of Vancouver Island homes with the highest frequency. The single-family detached unit was the most popular representing 62% of all sales, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a double garage and a vinyl exterior with mountain or ocean views.

There is speculation that over the next decade approximately 5,000 new households will be formed annually in the Vancouver Island/Coast Development Region, with approximately 1,300 of these new Vancouver Island homes formed in Nanaimo.

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