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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Featured Project

Net-Zero Moricetown Housing Project

Net-Zero completed four homes for the Moricetown Band earlier this year, built with Structurally Insulated Panels and screw pile foundations. 

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.


Did You Know?

sips meets canadian national building codeThe Canadian National Building Code, and therefore the provincial building codes, set minimum energy efficiency standards for new building construction for both insulation and air tightness.


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