5 Eco-Friendly Homes That Don’t Compromise Architectural Design

Nearly 400 entries were evaluated by a jury made up of award-winning builders, renovators and designers.

As the world moves towards more eco-friendly alternatives, like gas-powered cars to electric vehicles, home builders and designers are finding innovative ways to make a luxury home eco-friendly.

Because in our time we can have beautiful things that don’t harm the planet more.

The Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) Awards recently announced their 2022 winners, featuring builders and developers at the forefront of sustainable construction. 13e The annual awards ceremony honored 33 builders and designers with 61 HAVAN awards.

The winners have proven their innovative designs by maximizing mountain views or creating stylish interiors.

Here are five homes that meet environmental and energy standards, without compromising architectural designs.

Become net zero in White Rock

The HAVAN 2022 winner for “Best energy-labelled house: tailor-made”. Vancouver Home Builders Association/Contribution

This luxury house built by Naikoon Contracting Ltd. with Capital Home Energy Inc., sits on a high shore waterfront with an unobstructed sight line. Not only does it present an elegant separation between public and private spaces, but it achieves the highest environmental and energy standards.

The architectural masterpiece has handmade metal handrails, stones and a zinc roof. Not only is the roof structure made of hybrid steel and Douglas fir wood which provides maximum energy efficiency, but the house comes with six Tesla electric wall batteries for backup energy that can power the house for several days. In addition, the floors are heated by geothermal energy, which allows for minimal forced air heating and cooling.

The house is also equipped with real-time energy monitoring, but the real theft is the lawn and the beehives, which were loaned by a beekeeper.

Tiny But Mighty House In Vancouver

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The HAVAN 2022 winner for “Best New Small Scale Home”. Vancouver Home Builders Association/Contribution

This home, built by Llano Developments, embodies contemporary architectural design with sustainability.

Not only does this home have a fully fenced, dog-friendly patio, it also comes with a parking space with an electric vehicle charging station.

One exterior wall may not have windows, but the blue and black mural painted by local Vancouver artist Juan Pablo Zamudio Cazares offers a striking artistic statement that passers-by will never cease to admire.

The ceiling of the structure is made of natural wood, made from scrap wood from the previous renovation. Talk about green reuse!

Squamish Deep Energy Renovation

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The 2022 HAVAN winner for “Best Renovation: Over $1 Million” and “Best Energy Labeled Home”: Whole House Renovation. Vancouver Home Builders Association/Contribution

What’s better than a beautifully renovated home?

One that is energy efficient and nearly a net zero emissions building. The backyard is terraced with stone retaining walls – locally sourced materials.

The highlight of this home renovation has stunning mountain views for family and friends to take in while enjoying some quality time on the multi-deck outdoor seating area.

A big plus for homeowners who want lush lawns is the automated, drought-tolerant irrigation system.

A very special Vancouver special

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The 2022 HAVAN winner for “Best renovation: $700,000 – $1 MILLION.” Vancouver Home Builders Association/Contribution

There’s nothing worse than a house with too many walls, poor lighting and inefficient heating.

That’s why designer AK Design revamped this home with a modern West Coast aesthetic, complete with white oak engineered hardwood and super white marble countertops.

By removing the walls, swapping the kitchen and dining area, and adding arched wooden pocket doors, the house now has ample light and space for a young family to live in comfortably. The new addition of a high efficiency boiler provides hydronic underfloor heating – perfect for colder winters.

Past, present and future under one roof in Vancouver

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The 2022 HAVAN winner for the “BC Housing Award for Excellence in Innovative Housing”. Vancouver Home Builders Association/Contribution

Sometimes innovative housing means people box have it all.

While the structures may look like a two-unit home, it’s actually three units: a 5,500-square-foot lot, a shed above, and a 1927 residence.

Alleylane Homes transformed this old house into a modern and eco-friendly one without removing too much of the original stucco. They reconfigured a cramped bedroom into an open living room, installed larger windows to open up rooms, and created a unique storage space under the vaulted ceiling.

Not only are all three units net zero ready, they also feature top of the line indoor air quality systems.