Innovative Home Renovations Will Benefit Residents, Environment

Residents of six buildings will soon benefit from renovations that will make homes safer, more energy efficient, less polluting and more resistant to extreme weather conditions.

Six design teams were selected to develop renovation designs for six low to mid-rise social housing buildings in Kamloops, Coquitlam, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Vancouver and Victoria.

The province’s announcement, in collaboration with BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation (MVHC), BC Non-Profit Housing Association and the Pembina Institute, marks the next step in the Reframed Lab initiative, a building renovation design program launched in June 2020.

The six design teams will exchange ideas on reducing carbon pollution (including technological solutions such as heat pumps, heat recovery systems and low carbon materials), reducing energy demand and improving resilience to climate change, and will explore innovations in seismic upgrades and on-site solar generation.

Tenants in the buildings will not be moved from their homes during the renovations, as most of the work will be on the outside of the buildings. Work is expected to begin in fall 2022.

The design teams, selected through a request for proposals process beginning in 2021, will create solutions for their assigned buildings with support from dozens of other construction industry partners. The design teams, assigned buildings and locations are listed below:

  • Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. : Crossroads Inn, Kamloops, operated by ASK Wellness Society
  • Evoke Buildings Engineering: The Castle, Coquitlam, operated by MVHC
  • Williams Engineering Canada: Crown Manor, New Westminster, operated by MVHC
  • Morrison Hershfield: Manor House, North Vancouver, operated by MVHC
  • Intuitive: Dany Guincher Place, Vancouver, operated by Tikva Housing Society
  • Low Hammond Rowe Architects: Medewiwin, Victoria, operated by Pacifica Housing

The province is supporting the design and capital costs of this project through funding from the Capital Renewal Fund, a 10-year, $1.1 billion investment committed to preserving and improving the 51,000 social housing units in British Columbia. British.

This initiative also received $460,000 from the province’s CleanBC Building Innovation Fund (CBBIF). The CBBIF Fund provided $9.65 million to manufacturers, developers, builders and researchers to demonstrate and commercialize new energy-efficient and low-carbon building technologies. Their goal is to increase the availability, affordability and acceptability of made-in-BC building technologies that can be scaled to help meet provincial climate goals, prepare the market for future building regulations and stimulate economic development.

The City of Vancouver will provide technical and regulatory advice to support the work, which aligns with the city’s climate and housing affordability goals. The cities of Kamloops, Coquitlam, New Westminster, North Vancouver and Victoria also provide regulatory support for projects in their communities.


David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing –

“We are supporting these six projects using cutting-edge technology to provide a model for deep energy retrofits, starting with the retrofit of six social housing buildings in British Columbia. This work will improve air quality and energy efficiency, contributing to tenant comfort and operator expenses. ”

George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy –

“By collaborating with different agencies, organizations and levels of government, we are supporting new and innovative ways to improve housing options for everyone. Through CleanBC, we are investing in better, more energy-efficient social housing that will reduce climate pollution, support new job opportunities in the clean building sector, and improve resilience so that we are better prepared for climate change.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation –

“By supporting made-in-BC innovation in our building sector, we’re strengthening the ability of BC’s building industry to meet the goals set out in CleanBC, while providing good jobs that support families.” . Our goals are to increase the availability and affordability of made-in-BC low-carbon building solutions that can be scaled to help meet provincial climate goals and drive economic development.

Kennedy Stewart, Mayor, City of Vancouver –

“Our partnership with Reframed Lab demonstrates that collaboration is key to successfully combating climate change and making affordable housing more resilient to extreme weather events such as the heated dome that brought record temperatures to British Columbia last year. . In renovating existing multi-unit residential buildings in Vancouver and surrounding areas of British Columbia, we prioritize the safety, health and comfort of occupants, while protecting and enhancing our existing building stock and advancing our climate goals by reducing emissions.

Jill Atkey, CEO, BC Non-Profit Housing Association –

“The climate emergency has arrived and people living in non-profit housing are among the most vulnerable to its impacts. At the same time, the non-profit housing sector is one of the largest consumers of energy in British Columbia. The six projects announced today will help us develop a way forward to ensure people are protected and our footprint is reduced.

Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, BC Director, Pembina Institute –

“In the midst of a climate emergency, British Columbia has the opportunity to be a global leader with local know-how and products for the wave of renovation that will be needed in all cities. With careful design, deep retrofits not only reduce energy bills and carbon pollution, but can also provide health benefits, resilience to climate hazards, increased seismic resistance and longer life. extended for our critical housing infrastructure.

Fast facts:

  • The Reframed Lab aims to explore the technical and economic feasibility of renovations integrating energy efficiency, decarbonization, seismic safety and climate adaptation.
  • The renovation projects aim to reduce annual energy demand by more than 50% and carbon emissions by approximately 80%.
  • Envelope upgrades will reduce thermal heat loss, drafts, humidity and mold buildup to reduce utility costs and improve indoor air quality.
  • Integrated with envelope improvements, fuel switching strategies will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve heating system efficiency.
  • Seismic resilience will be incorporated as required and optimized with envelope works to reduce costs.
  • Climate adaptation measures will improve indoor air quality and protect residents during events such as wildfires, heat waves and floods.
  • The buildings range in size from 11 to 50 units, totaling 189 units, and provide housing for families, seniors, and people living with physical disabilities, mental health issues, and addictions.

Learn more:

To learn more about the Reframed Lab, visit:

To learn more about the province’s actions to address the housing crisis and provide affordable housing for British Columbians, visit:

To learn more about CleanBC’s roadmap to 2030, visit:

To learn more about the government’s actions to support the clean buildings sector, visit: