The process of building or renovating a home consumes a lot of energy and resources, there’s no getting around it. But it’s also a wonderful opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint as we reinvent and expand our housing stock. The way Maestro builds far surpasses minimum building codes and industry standards. We pay attention to the details, from design and planning through to execution, in order to create smart and healthy homes with low operating costs that have excellent resale value.
New builds can be planned carefully to reduce materials consumed in many different ways. Some of these strategies include incorporating smart framing techniques, prefabrication, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). The footprint is further reduced by using lower-impact materials such as FSC-certified lumber, insulation free of greenhouse gases, formaldehyde-free millwork, recycled glass counters, zero emission paint, and the installation of Energystar appliances and heating systems, excellent ventilation networks, and smart lighting to create the most comfortable homes around.
When it comes to renovations, we can think of no better way to honour the principles of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle than to restore a quality older home. Currently, 33 per cent of waste generated in Metro Vancouver comes from demolition, renovation, and new construction. The reuse and repurposing of existing houses and materials drastically reduces demolition debris. It is a special privilege that, simultaneously, we can honour the artistry of craftsmen from another era, and the quality materials such as old growth local timbers harvested during the city’s infancy, by highlighting these elements in our designs.