Architectural Louver & Sunshade Design and Selection for Architects in Vancouver & Western Canada

February 09, 2017 | Blog 

Essential Design Elements and Criteria for Selecting the Optimum Louvers & Sunshades for Your Architectural Projects

Essential Design Elements for Selecting the Ideal Louvers & Sunshades for Architectural Projects in Vancouver & Calgary We’ve found during several recent Learning Events and meetings, that with the increasing adoption of higher efficiency building design, and the prevalence of Passive House and Net Zero projects in Vancouver and Western Canada, louver and sunshade design and selection has become a crucial factor to Architects.


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Spray Foam Insulation Can Help Solve the Problems of Thermal Bridging & Air Leakage

December 1, 2016 | Blog 

Construction Canada Magazine Recently Featured Insightful Articles on the Benefits of Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation  

Choosing SPF Spray Foam Insulation as an Effective Air-Barrier Component from Construction Canada MagazineReducing the operational energy use and increasing durability should be the prime concerns of architects who wish to design and build ‘green’ building,” according to John Straube, PhD, P.Eng., principal at RDH Building Science and RDH Building Science Labs.


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InterCoast Building Solutions' Hole in One with "Golf For Guide Dogs" 2016 in Richmond BC

August 3, 2016 | Blog 

InterCoast Building Solutions is Delighted to be a Sponsor for the 19th Annual "Golf for Guide Dogs" Event 

InterCoast Building Solutions is delighted to be a sponsor for the 19th annual Golf for Guide Dogs EventThe BC & Alberta Guide Dogs organization provides an invaluable service of raising and training professional Guide Dogs to assist visually impaired individuals and Autistic children. 

The "Golf for Guide Dogs" event, hosted by hockey legend Howie Meeker and his wife Leah, will be held at Mayfair


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New Green Roof System Resources for Vancouver BC Extensive, Intensive, 3D Drawings, Green Roof PDF's & Green Roof AutoCad, Revit & Sketchup files for Columbia Green Technologies

May 30, 2016 | Blog 

Green Roof Systems for Vancouver BC with Columbia Green Technologies Green Roof SolutionsInterCoast Building Solutions have added to their Green Roof Systems Resources for Vancouver BC section featuring Columbia Green Technologies Extensive & Intensive Green Roof Systems including comprehensive information for specifying your next Vancouver Green Roof project. 

The Technical Resources section for Columbia Green Technologies' Green Roof Systems includes: 


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Green Roof Systems Vancouver BC - Intercoast Delighted to Promote Columbia Green Technologies Green Roof Solutions

May 3, 2016 | Blog 

Green Roof Systems for Vancouver BC with Columbia Green Technologies Green Roof SolutionsInterCoast Building Solutions is pleased to announce their appointment as official representatives for Columbia Green Technologies in Western Canada. Columbia Green provides a range of innovative Green Roof Solutions engineered to maximize stormwater retention and create the ideal environment for optimal Green Roof plant health. Alt: Green Roof Systems for Vancouver BC with Columbia Green Technologies Green Roof Solutions.


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Buildex Vancouver 2016 - Western Canada's Largest Building Envelope Tradeshow - with InterCoast Building Solutions

February 18, 2016 | Blog 
There’s building trade conferences and then there’s Buildex Vancouver

Buildex Vancouver 2016 Western Canada's largest trade show event - InterCoast Building Solutions BC & ABThere's Still Time to Register for BUILDEX 2016, Feb 24 & 25th at the Vancouver Conference Centre West. Join Intercoast Building Solutions' John Riley at the BASF Booth #727 with all your questions about the innovative Closed Cell & Open Cell Spray Foam Polyurethane Insulation solutions offered by BASF.


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RCI Western Canada - Wall Assemblies and Sloped Roofs Half Day Seminar

October 20, 2015 | Blog 

Check Out the Expert Building Envelope Speakers at the RCI AGM and Trade Show with InterCoast Building Solutions Vancouver BCJoin InterCoast Building Solutions on Thursday, October 22nd as we attend RCI Western Canada's Half Day Seminar on Wall Assemblies and Sloped Roofs. 

Highlights of this event include:

"R22 Wall Assemblies and Basic Building Science Principles" by Lorne Ricketts, MASc, EIT, RDH Building Engineer
  • The R22 level of thermal performance is required by the Vancouver Building By-Law.

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Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide 2015 - Vancouver BC - PDF Download

October 16, 2015 | Blog 
Helping British Columbia’s Building Industry Professionals Mitigate Thermal Bridging to Improve Building Envelope Thermal Performance and Reduce Energy Use

The Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide - Building Envelope Thermal Bridging AnalysisThis comprehensive building envelope construction and costing guide is intended to help British Columbia’s building industry address the impact of thermal bridging to improve building envelope thermal performance and reduce energy use. 

It seeks to inform and assist B.C.


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Hydrotech Recognizes John Riley and InterCoast Building Solutions

June 15, 2015 | Blog 

Hydrotech International has recognized InterCoast Building Solutions and John Riley for representing the company’s product line across Canada for the past 10 years. 

Hydrotech Recognizes John Riley and InterCoast Building Solutions BC AB

It was a surprise and an honour to receive the award,” says the president and founder of InterCoast. “It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years already.

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Want to feel like a kid in a candy store? Join us at Buildex 2015

February 19, 2015 | Blog 
There’s building trade conferences and then there’s Buildex Vancouver

Want to feel like a kid in a candy store? Join InterCoast Building Solutions at Buildex 2015 Vancouver BCThis annual event is Western Canada’s largest conference for building industry professionals. On February 25 and 26, 2015, more than 13,500 architects, engineers, contractors, designers and property managers will come together to discover new trends in building and management at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre West.


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Meet InterCoast’s New Green Building Architectural Sales Rep

January 28, 2015 | Blog 

Meet InterCoast’s New Green Building Architectural Sales RepIt took a while, but the wait was worth it. After a four-month search, we’re pleased to announce that Lisa Little has been hired as our new Architectural Sales Rep. Bringing enthusiasm, energy and a commitment to excellent customer service, Lisa was the fit we were looking for. What does this mean for you? Even better service than we’ve been providing since 2002.


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Check Out the Expert Building Envelope Speakers at the RCI AGM and Trade Show

January 8, 2015 | Blog 

Check Out the Expert Building Envelope Speakers at the RCI AGM and Trade Show with InterCoast Building Solutions Vancouver BC Looking for the latest information about roofing, waterproofing and building envelope technology and best practices? Then make a point of attending the RCI Western Canada Seminar, AGM and Trade Show on Friday, January 16 at Vancouver’s Italian Culture Centre (3075 Slocan Street). You can register for the event, which qualifies for 5.25 CEHs, online at www.rciwesterncanada.org or by calling 604-317-6006.


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Celebrating the New Year with 13 Years of MANA Membership

December 30, 2014 | Blog 

Celebrating the New Year with 13 Years of MANA Membership InterCoast Building Solutions Vancouver BCWith New Year’s around the corner — it’s only two days away —it seems like a natural time to reflect on the past year. Earlier this month, I received notice that InterCoast Building Solutions is about to enter Year 13 of our membership in the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association (MANA). 

MANA has been promoting excellence in representing manufacturer’s products since 1947.


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UDI “Best in Show” Award Goes to Vancouver Heritage Makeover with the Help of Hydrotech

December 18, 2014 | Blog 

UDI “Best in Show” Award Goes to Vancouver Heritage Makeover with the Help of HydrotechA re-imagining of a classic Vancouver mid-rise, early-20th century office building has won two prestigious Urban Development Institute Pacific Region (UDI) awards. 564 Beatty, now a 10-storey mixed commercial building, was recognized as both “Best in Show” and “Best Heritage.” The awards, recognizing a broad-range of projects representing 20 categories, celebrate the achievements of the UDI’s more than 650 corporate members throughout BC.


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Increase Engagement by Managing Employees’ Dreams

December 2, 2014 | Blog 

Increase Engagement by Managing Employees’ Dreams - The Dream Manager by Matthew KellyWhether your company installs green roofs or provides janitorial services, you’re in the business of managing people. What would happen if you turned those people into engaged, loyal ambassadors for your business? The path to creating a more engaged workplace is outlined in The Dream Manager, a revolutionary management book by Matthew Kelly.


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Sky Parks Redefining Public Space with Hydrotech Green & Garden Roof Systems

November 18, 2014 | Blog 

Sky Parks Redefining Public Space with Hydrotech Green & Garden Roof SystemsNot too many years ago, the idea of a park being created storeys above the ground was considered ludicrous. When the concept of transforming New York’s long abandoned High Line rail line into a green space was introduced in the early 2000s, many of that city’s residents scoffed. Modelled on Paris’ Promenade plantée, the first phase of the linear park was completed in 2009.


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New Vancouver By-Law Takes Aim at Greenhouse Gas Emissions

November 4, 2014 | Blog 

New Vancouver By-Law Takes Aim at Greenhouse Gas EmissionsIt’s a shocking fact, but per capita greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are among the highest in the world. And more than half of those greenhouse gas emissions are coming from buildings. Upcoming changes to the Vancouver Building By-Law (VBBL) are positioned to improve this situation.


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BC Land Summit 2014 - Collaborations & Connections

April 15, 2014 | Blog 

BC Land Summit 2014 - Collaborations & Connections with InterCoast Building Solutions Vancouver BCThe 2014 BC Land Summit – Collaborations & Connections – will be an interdisciplinary conference organized by the BC Land Summit Society (BCLSS) whose members all share ties to land and land-use in British Columbia. 

Following on the success of the first two BC Land Summit conferences in 2004 and 2009, each of the members of BCLSS has agreed to again hold its annual conference


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InterCoast Spotlight: Paul Kephart - President of Rana Creek Ecological Designs

March 31, 2014 | Blog 

InterCoast Spotlight: Paul Kephart - President of Rana Creek Ecological DesignsPaul Kephart, President of Rana Crek Ecological Designs, is really excited to have been asked to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Big Ideas Seminar’s. Renowned designer, biologist, and expert in land-use planning, Paul is best known for his pioneering efforts in Living Architecture, an alternative approach to conventional development through sustainable design strategies.


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Big Ideas in Living Architecture - Incorporating Living Green Spaces in Your Designs

March 5, 2014 | Blog 
InterCoast Building Solutions is Proud to Host BIG IDEAS IN LIVING ARCHITECTURE

Big Ideas in Living Architecture - Incorporating Living Green Spaces in Your DesignsWant to learn how you can incorporate Living Green Spaces into your next award winning design?

Interested in exploring key design concepts associated with Sustainable Architecture & Sustainable Buildings?

Join us for this unique opportunity to interact with an enviable panel of guest speakers who are at the forefront of green design and


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Green Roofs - More than just a Pretty Roof Garden!

February 14, 2014 | Blog 

Green Roofs - More than just a Pretty Roof Garden!You may have noticed over the last 10 plus years, buildings popping up that are incorporating “green” spaces, in areas you may not expect to find them. These literally “living” roofs and walls are being incorporated into new designs and rejuvenating older buildings that are sometimes eyesores.


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Better Buildings Deserve a Superior Breather with SRP Breathable Membranes!

February 7, 2013 | Blog 

Better Buildings Deserve a Superior Breather with SRP Breathable Membranes!Canadian building professionals prefer SRP Canada Inc. air and water membranes to protect their buildings from premature deterioration, moisture, mould and structural damage. 

As the pioneer of breathable air barrier membranes for secondary drainage in wall systems and sloped roofs, SRP Canada Inc. set the standard for building envelope protection with a three-layer polypropylene that installs under wall and roofing systems to control moisture.


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Maple Ridge Using Less Water and Energy  Thanks to Tech-Crete SRI® Technology in BC

January 29, 2013 | Blog 
Maple Ridge Using Less Water and Energy Thanks to Tech-Crete SRI® Technology in BCMaple Ridge’s facilities department keeps trying to find ways to save energy and money as it maintains, parks, buildings and pools throughout the district. 
One recent project, just completed, involved putting white, insulated reflective panels on the roof of the RCMP building to reflect back the sun’s rays and reduce air conditioning costs in the warm months. 
The 30-year-old roof had to be replaced, so

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Westerleigh Retirement Residence, West Vancouver Installs Garden Roof with Hydrotech & Etera Sedum Tile

December 28, 2012 | Blog 
PROJECT PROFILE - WESTERLEIGH RETIREMENT RESIDENCE, WEST VANCOUVER, BC

Westerleigh Retirement Residence, West Vancouver Installs Garden Roof with Hydrotech Green Roof & Etera Sedum TileArchitect: Besharat Friars Architects 

Landscape Architect: PWL Partnership 

Hydrotech Installers: Solid Ground Contracting 

Waterproofing: Blue Pine/Landscape Contractor 

System: Etera Sedum Tile, Hydrotech Garden Roof Assembly, MM 6125 EV 

Significant Feature: This is the first Hydrotech Garden Roof Assembly to utilize Etera Sedum Tile as part of Instant Green.


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Today on CBC, the Grande Dame of Green Design – Cornelia Oberlander

November 8, 2012 | Blog 
Thursday, November 8th at 9pm THE GRANDE DAME OF GREEN DESIGN

Today on CBC, the Grande Dame of Green Design – Cornelia OberlanderCornelia Hahn Oberlander is this country’s pre-eminent landscape architect. Her love of nature and respect for the environment has guided and inspired her work from the grounds of the National Gallery in Ottawa to the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.


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BCIT Recognizes Cornelia Oberlander - World Renowned Landscape Architect

August 15, 2012 | Blog 

BCIT Recognizes Cornelia Oberlander - World Renowned Landscape ArchitectRecently, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) presented an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree to world-renowned landscape architect, Dr. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.  

This award is presented to individuals who are widely acknowledged for outstanding service to their community and sustained achievement in their areas of expertise.


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New Evergreen Vertical Wall System Project in Canada with InterCoast Building Solutions

July 10, 2012 | Blog 

New Evergreen Vertical Wall System Project in Canada with InterCoast Building SolutionsIntercoast recently completed an Evergreen Vertical Green Wall system at 700 W. 8th Avenue in Vancouver. Aretha design of the wall system was done in collaboration with Henrique’s Partners Architects and Philips Smallberg Landscape Architects. 

This vertical green wall features a wide variety of plants with green foliage which will tolerate cold weather conditions on the NE corner of the building.


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