The reality of home building today

Would you want an expensive and efficient beautiful new car? Would you want an expensive beautiful car built like a car 20 years ago?! Home construction nowadays is way more complex and expensive than its ever been. There is more stuff in the walls. More things to choose from. More restrictions. And bigger spaces. Yet […]

Project photography credit: Franc D'Ambrosio Architecture

Would you want an expensive and efficient beautiful new car?

Would you want an expensive beautiful car built like a car 20 years ago?!

Home construction nowadays is way more complex and expensive than its ever been.

There is more stuff in the walls. More things to choose from. More restrictions. And bigger spaces.

Yet the industry has changed very little. Walls are being built the same way they were decades ago. Projects are being approached, designed, and delivered in similarly outdated ways.

In the 1970s both the high-performance PERSIST wall system and advanced framing methods were developed in light of resource crises. Both were radical improvements on construction methods. And yet most house construction methods have remained largely unchanged – the cheapest, and most common, construction methods make houses that are inefficient, uncomfortable, and expensive to maintain.

The Step Code has begun in BC. This will enforce the progression of building technique and performance. And cost. In 15 years, things like the PERSIST wall system and advanced framing will be basic. Houses will be efficient and comfortable. They will be healthy, robust, and simple.

So in 15 years, after utility bills have rocketed and air-water quality has dropped, are you going to want to be repairing an uncomfortable and inefficient house or sitting comfortably in a healthy and robust home?

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