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Technical Research

BC Housing conducts technical research that benefits the residential construction industry and homebuyers.

Our research provides the foundation for innovations that improve how buildings are built and offers insights into how housing can become more sustainable. We publish technical resources that support the housing sector and consumers, including timely and practical research, business intelligence and tools. These resources also help strengthen consumer protection.

Technical Research

Buying a home

The decision to buy a home is one of the most important — and expensive — choices any of us will ever make. These resources can help consumers make informed decisions.

See Technical Research Publications for current documents.

Research publications in the works

  • Transit-Oriented Mixed Income Housing Viability Study

  • Universal Design Housing

Building a home

If you’re a licensed residential builder building a multi-unit complex or single-detached home, we have information for you. Our technical publications and videos offer information on a wide range of topics, from foundations to roofs and everything in-between.

See Technical Research Publications for additional documents.

Pathways to High Performance Housing in British Columbia
This guide provides strategies for designers and builders interested in the design and construction of single-family and small multi-family buildings that are substantially more energy efficient and lower in environmental impacts than traditionally built homes. 

Guide for Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures
This guide looks at design and construction best practices for improving the thermal performance of building enclosures of wood-frame multi-unit residential buildings. A companion to the Building Enclosure Design Guide (see above), it expands on the energy efficiency of building enclosures.

Building Envelope Guide for Houses
This guide provides practical information related to the design and construction of the building envelope for new home construction in accordance with the BC Building Code and Vancouver building bylaws.

Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide
This guide helps British Columbia’s building industry address the impact of thermal bridging to reduce energy use. It evaluates the cost effectiveness of improving the building envelope through different methods, building types, and climates.
 

Research publications in the works

Builder insight

  • Accounting for Pressure Losses in Oval Ducts and Fittings
  • Alternative Methods to Mechanical Re-piping in Multi-unit Residential Buildings
  • Foundation Drainage Practices

Research projects

  • Airtightness Guide for Multi-unit Residential Buildings
  • Moisture and Thermal Effects on Dimensional Stability of Roofing Systems
  • Multi-storey Wood-frame Construction Research - Including CLT Systems
  • Optimization of Airflow
  • Sound Transmission of Wood-frame Wall Assemblies
  • Study of Low-slope Vented Wood-frame Roof Performance
  • Testing of Mould-resistant Sheathings and Coatings in Ventilated Attics
  • Testing Performance of Rain Screen Assemblies
  • Thermal Bridging Standards, Thermal Energy Demand and Construction Implications
  • Transit-oriented Mixed-income Housing Viability Study
  • Universal Design Housing 
  • Vertical Movement Monitoring in a Six-storey Building in BC
  • Wood-frame Building Envelope Systems for Net-zero Energy-ready Buildings 

Guides

  • Building Enclosure Design Guide – Wood-frame Multi-unit Residential Buildings
  • Building Envelope Guide for Houses – Part 9 Residential Construction
  • Illustrated Guide for Building Safe and Durable Wood Decks and Balconies
  • Structural Cladding Attachment for R22 Walls

Renovating a home

At some point, we all renovate our home. For best practices that matter most to home performance, comfort and safety, we've developed the following tools:

See Technical Research Publications for current documents. 

Research publications in the works

  • Building Envelope Retrofit for Improved Durability and Energy Performance
  • Energy Consumption and Conservation in Mid- and High-rise Residential Buildings in BC
  • Study of Low-slope Vented Wood-frame Wall Assemblies
  • Testing of Mould-resistant Sheathings and Coatings in Ventilated Attics
  • Testing Performance of Rainscreen Assemblies

Maintaining a home

To protect your investment there’s nothing more important than maintaining your home. There are many things you need to stay on top of, and we have information suitable for both professionals and homeowners.

See Technical Research Publications for current documents. 

Research publications in the works

  • Understanding the Maintenance and Renewals Process of Parking Garages and Landscaping Burdens