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Home BUILDER Magazine —
May/June 2015


BUILDER PROFILE: Sonbuilt Custom Homes An interview with Jonathan Zerkee on building sustainable homes—and a sustainable lifestyle—in B.C.'s Fraser Valley.
COVER:
Alvin Bergen (left) and Micah Hooge (right) get ready to install Woodtone Cortanium siding, a certified sustainable product with a non-toxic, environmentally friendly coating. Photo courtesy Sonbuilt Custom Homes Ltd.

BUILDING SCIENCE: Right-Sizing HVAC Systems
When it comes to HVAC systems, old design rules of thumb don't apply to high performance houses. The good news: HVAC systems can now be designed to take advantage of the energy conserving features of this type of construction.

THE ACCELERATION OF NET ZERO
Sonja Winkelmann,CHBA Director of Net Zero Energy Housing, talks to Andy Oding about NZE Housing and what it means to Canadian builders.

The NKBA Reveals 2015's Top Ten K & B Design Trends
Contemporary is the watchword, according to the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report from the National Kitchen & Bath.

TOOL TALK: Tools Keep Evolving
Whether you're removing deck boards or measuring a floor plan with your smartphone, Jon Eakes reviews products designed to make your workday easier.

DESIGNING FOR DENSITY: Conventional vs. Advanced Site Design
Density-how much is enough? In the land development industry, no matter what is being proposed, someone has to justify a density increase if one wants to suction more profit out of the land, right? Well, not necessarily.




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