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Cost to build a home in Vancouver has just gotten more expensive.

  • BC Building Code recently been changed

  • What’s changed and why is it now more costly to build a home in Vancouver

  • Major change - requirement for more insulation installed in the exterior walls

  • a 2 x 6 inch stud wall used to be adequate

  • now a double wall of 2 x 4’s is required

  • either that or you will need to install exterior rigid insulation w/ 2x6 wall - more costly.

  • Why is the city requiring this now? - Blame the environment. :)

  • joking - although capital cost is higher, your future energy heating costs will be lower.

  • Refer to Part 9 of the BC Building Code - look for the highlighted grey areas to learn more about the changes.

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