High Performance Building

High Performance Building means raising the bar. It means doing things unconventionally but with assured results and high performance.  It helps attain lower operational costs, increased durability and verification of work through third party testing yields both increased comfort and higher resale value.  At BlueGreen Consulting Group, we offer a wide range of services that can help all aspects of your new build, renovation or simple addition, give us a call to see how we can help!

BGG testing the new LEED Platinum Watershed Conservation Centre on Fanshaw Lake.

BGG testing the new LEED Platinum Watershed Conservation Centre on Fanshaw Lake.

Our services include:

Integrated Design Process

When you’re challenging conventional methods, your technical team needs to be working together with a common focus and clear understanding of the project early on. We do this through the widely accepted Integrated Design Process (IDP).

By sitting down with the design, mechanical and trades we can avoid many common problems that often reduce the performance, healthiness, comfort and satisfaction that often accompanies new builds.

Our collaborative approach to building construction and renovation ensures that all stakeholders work together right from the early planning stages up to the building’s occupation.

Source :  Ann Edminster, GBA Advisor

Our approach looks at the home as a whole rather than each part separately. At BlueGreen Group we believe the, envelope design, building site, lighting systems, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems (HVAC) and the indoor air quality should all come together in one system that compliments each component.

Energy Rating and Energy Modeling

Maybe you have an old home and want to retrofit it for maximum efficiency and health?

Or maybe you’re planning to build a new home and want to maximize efficiency and minimize cost of labour and materials? We can help you optimizes you plan to find the sweet spot without compromising your goals.

All high performance buildings start with an energy model. Quality homes are Performance rated and tested; don’t settle for anything less. Energy modeling also takes the guesswork out of deciding which upgrades are most cost effective. With our energy simulation software we can help you make the right decision for comfort, health or savings.

Our service is prompt, seamless and cost effective.

Optimal building performance is only achieved through testing.

With test data in hand, we can rate homes using energy modeling software. We are qualified to use the best energy simulation software programs in North America and Europe.

We are qualified to use NRCan’s HOT2000 software to deliver ecoEnergy/EnergyStar/EnerGuide for New Houses, as well as Home Energy Ratings (HERs), RETScreen and the German Passive House Planning Package (PHPP).

If you’re building a new home or doing major renovations, we can help you qualify for Ontario Power Authority Grants of $500 and $1000 until Dec 2014 through your LDC (Schedule B-2, New Construction and Major Renovation Program).

Depending on your goals, we will help you choose the right package to suit your needs. Be it re-sale or energy independence or just wanting to take advantage of grants, we can help.

Ask us about the different marketing and resale advantages of the wide range of rating standards available. Let us help you calculate your potential!

We use our vast hands on technical & energy modeling knowledge along with our field experience derived from investigating building failures, problem building components and poor assembly work to produce significant energy reductions to the home – increasing its resale value and producing a healthy and comfortable environment.

Our expertise spans through the entire Integrated Design Process. Use us for your entire project or select our services a la carte for:

  • Energy modeling (optimise performance, minimize cost)
  • Performance Management during construction
  • Specification development
  • Integration of trades people
  • Selection and sourcing of healthy and low embodied energy building materials
  • Solar system optimization and site selection
  • Thermal envelope inspection/testing pre drywall
  • Technical consultation with existing project team

Ready to get started. Contact BlueGreen Consulting Group today.

Quality homes are Performance rated and tested; don’t settle for anything less.

Specification Writing, Insulation Inspections, Air Barrier Testing

Whether renovating an old home or building a new home, high energy performance
doesn’t “just happen.”

You have to plan, inspect and test.

Building to a performance standard is less about new materials and new techniques, and more about a shift in the entire building process. The building must be considered as a whole and not the sum of all it parts (building as a system).

BlueGreen Group can work with you and your design team to optimise the efficiency of your home from the planning stages, to the construction inspections and right up to the testing phase. Our process ensures that at every step of the project, your energy performance goals are being met.

Our difference comes down to execution. A good house upgrade and a great house upgrade is separated by the strength of the buildings performance plan, and that’s why it’s so crucial to have the right experience on your side to ensure optimal success.

Three parts are key:

  1. The Plan: needs to be comprehensive and easy to understand.
  2. Buy in: The contractor and sub trades are brought into the IDP so they understand precisely the impact their work will have on the end product.
  3. Inspect and Test: “You get what you inspect, not what you expect.” Our 3rd party inspections ensure the quality and performance go in.

We’ve managed work crews on past retrofit projects and have the experience in knowing what can go wrong. In our experience, good planning avoids problems. We work with your contractor to ensure the specification is followed and the performance targets met.