Net Zero News

Energy Retrofit Grant for First Nation Communities

Dec 13, 2016

The Fraser Basin Council is offering First Nation communities grants for home energy retrofits. 

The grant is for communities who are want to implement their energy efficiency plan. While most renovation grants are for making homes safe and livable, this grant focuses on energy efficiency upgrades. Net-Zero believes that it's make sense to undertake energy retrofits at the same as doing basic renovations. For example, Net-Zero completed an energy retrofit on the Kixpiox Band's Youth Drop In Centre while completing interior renovations. Click here to read about the project.

To read about the Fraser Basin Council's grant opportunity, click here. If you need assistance with your application, Net-Zero can assist you. The applicaiton deadline is Jan 31, 2017.

To read more about the FBC's EnergySave program, click here. If you need help developing an energy retrofit plan, Net-Zero can assist you.

Finally, if you looking for a contractor with experience with energy retrofits, Net-Zero is keen to work with you.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 250-847-3143 with your inquiries.

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Lake Babine Nation House Renovations

November 14, 2016

The first of two houses in Lake Babine Nation are getting an update from Net-Zero. 

We’re currently working on the first house with interior and exterior renovations. Here are a couple before and after photos of the new siding. 

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Net-Zero Structures Becomes Member of NZC

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November 10, 2016


Net-Zero Structures Ltd is a proud member of the Canadian Home Builders Associations's Net Zero Energy Housing Council (NZC). The NZC supports innovation in the building industry with the goal of creating a market advantage for builders and renovators pursuing Net Zero Energy performance.

Net-Zero Structures has been helping people build net zero energy ready buildings. First it was providing engineered structural insulated panels (SIPs). SIPs provide the high performance building envelope which is the key first step in the pursuit of a net zero energy building. Since then, Net-Zero Structures has expanded our operations to include the construction of net zero energy ready buildings. That is, we build buildings with heating loads reduced to the point where it is feasible to meet the energy needs of that building with on-site energy generation.

Through our involvement in the NZC we aim to promote the Net Zero energy performance and meet the housing aspirations of people like you.

If you're interested in building in a home where your annual energy consumption nets out at zero, give us a call.

To read more about the council click here: Net Zero Energy Housing Council

Gitsegukla Renovations

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August 22, 2016

Net-Zero has been working in the community of Gitsegukla for the past few weeks on a renovation project that is getting rid of the old and installing the new.

Other than Structurally Insulated Panels (SIP) constructed buildings, Net-Zero also provides refits and renovations of all shapes and sizes.

In Gitsegukla crews are installing several new wood/electric furnaces, as well as pellet furnaces and wood stoves. By removing all the old crumbling masonry chimneys and replacing them with new steel ones, Net-Zero is helping Gitsegukla achieve its goals of ensuring every home is warm, safe and dry for the coming winter.

For more information, or to inquire about a renovation of your own, contact Greg Brown at at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 250-847-3143 or connect with us on Facebook.

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Moving In!

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August 15, 2016

Jerina Alfred is ecstatic. After ten years of living in a trailer the Moricetown resident is finally moving into her very own bungalow and couldn't be more delighted.

"I'm so excited, I just love the house, it's beautiful."

Alfred has watched since day one as the house, built by Net-Zero Structures with Structurally Insulated Panels, went up piece by piece to her delight. In the past Alfred had issues in her current home with mould and insulation to the point where her daughter and granddaughter couldn't visit for more than a day. With the move to her new place just days away, Alfred said a lot of things will change now that she has a brand new home.

"I watch right from the beginning and knowing that there's no mould in the house and that it's built well, my daughter and grand daughter can now visit."

"Its going to change a lot," Alfred said. "Family will be able to stay over which is great. During the build I had questions and concerns and they answered and fixed everything."

The house is an 844 square foot design, built on a screw pile foundation with two bedrooms and one bath, a covered front porch and an open floor concept connecting the kitchen and living room.

The house also comes fully equip with washer and dryer, high efficiency furnace and modern kitchen appliances.

"I don't think I would be able to afford a house like this anywhere else because I'm a seasonal worker. But this house has been a godsend!"

For more information about projects by Net-Zero Structures, contact Greg Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 250-847-3143 or connect with us on Facebook.

Net-Zero Unveils New Houses in Moricetown




August 8, 2016

Net-Zero unveiled the first of four houses built for the Moricetown Band. Here is a little peek inside if you missed the open house.

The 833 square foot houses come with two bedrooms and one bath as well as high efficiency wood stoves, the smallest houses Net-zero has built so far.

The houses feature a six foot covered porch, hardy plank siding, six-inch SIP exterior walls and high quality, made in Canada Merit kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

The houses were built without concrete foundations. Instead Net-Zero used screw piles, an anchoring system used for deep foundations in almost any type of ground.

For more information contact Greg Brown at at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 250-847-3143 or connect with us on Facebook.

Net-Zero Cabin in the Northwest Territories

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June 30, 2016

Net-Zero recently supplied and erected a cabin on a remote lake property in the Northwest Territories.

The 654 square foot cabin is situated on Tibbit Lake, about 75 km east of Yellowknife. With direction from the client, Net-Zero completed the design and engineering of the cabin plans and supplied the Net-Zero envelope package for the building.

The cabin is extremely remote with no road access, and can only be accessed by boat or plane. The materials were delivered to the lake via a winter road in early spring and then lifted from the lake shore to the building site with a helicopter.

The building envelope consists of a 10 inch floor panel, rated at R40. 8 inch roof panels rated for R32 as well as wall panels and triple pain vinyl casement windows. Net-Zero's Adrian Stam was onsite to lead the construction with a crew of six volunteer, unskilled labourers. With no use of mechanical lifting equipment in the process of erecting the building, from foundation to lock-in the cabin took four full days to wrap up.

Stam said, "It was pretty cool working on a cabin in such a remote location. The solstice sun and the 24 hours of daylight added to the uniqueness of the experience."

The cabin's SIP construction will provide a well insulated structure that will be a great vacation and retreat location for the every season.

If you have a project idea for a remote location, call Greg at 250-847-3143 to discuss.

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Moricetown Housing Development Update

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June 1, 2016

Net-Zero is nearing the completion of another project in Moricetown, just west of Smithers.

Since March, crews have been working on four 833 square foot houses with two bedrooms and one bath as well as high efficiency wood stoves, the smallest houses Net-zero has built so far.

The houses feature a six foot covered porch, hardy plank siding, six-inch SIP exterior walls and high quality, made in Canada Merit kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

The houses were built without concrete foundations. Instead Net-Zero used screw piles, an anchoring system used for deep foundations in almost any type of ground.

Stefan Young, construction superintendent for Net-Zero says having the ability to use screw pile technology has extended the constructions season considerably.

"Traditionally all the ground material would have to be removed from the site, forms and concrete would have to be poured," Young said.

"The installation with screw piles is very low tech, minimal equipment is needed and it can be done in remote areas while the ground is still frozen."

Young says utilizing screw pile technology gives Net-Zero a huge advantage, giving them the flexibility to start construction earlier or later in the year, which means occupants can move in to their homes sooner.

For more information about Net-Zero's projects contact Greg Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 250-847-3143 or connect with us on Facebook.


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Bakery Storage Building Built with 8" SIPs

Net-Zero recently had the great pleasure of meeting Roman and Monika Muntener, owners of the Red Rooster Artisan Bakery in Prince George, BC.
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Roman and Monika needed more storage area and so decided to build a 560 square foot accessory building. Because of their environmental philosophy which includes a goal of being carbon neutral, they decided to use Net-Zero 8 inch SIP walls.

Read more: Bakery Storage Building Built with 8" SIPs 

Build It Right

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

katrina-resizedFine Homebuilding Magazine (May 2012, Vol. 212) has a very informative article written by Linda Reeder, that looked at the efforts to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina destroyed 70 percent of the homes in 2005. Two years after the hurricane, very few homes in predominately African American neighborhoods had been rebuilt so a group, called Make it Right (MIR), was formed to build 150 new homes in these low-income neighborhoods that had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. To date, MIR has completed 80 of those houses and they have learned valuable lessons on how to build healthy, energy efficient and affordable homes.

Read more: Build It Right

Featured Project

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Kispiox Gas Bar

Net-Zero Structures Ltd. is pleased to announce that the Kispiox Band Council has selected Net-Zero to rebuild the Kispiox gas bar which was destroyed by arson in March of 2014.

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Did You Know?

As the difference between ambient air and the air encapsulated in the EPS foam in a Net-Zero SIP panel become more and more pronounced, the r-value of the foam increases. The practical implication is that the colder it gets, the more insulation value the foam has.  Read more...

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