February 09, 2017 | Blog
Essential Design Elements and Criteria for Selecting the Optimum Louvers & Sunshades for Your Architectural Projects
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.
Breathable Underlayment for Sloped Roofs Ideal for Cold Weather Installation in Commercial Alberta Roof Tiling Project
January 20, 2017 | Blog
SRP AirOutshieldTM ROOF Breathable Underlayment for Sloped Roofs Used in Tile Reroofing Project at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital AB
David Leonard of Entuitive Civil Engineering was in charge of this 10 Month project to replace the failing Tile Roof on the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital in beautiful Banff Alberta.
December 1, 2016 | Blog
Construction Canada Magazine Recently Featured Insightful Articles on the Benefits of Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation
“Reducing 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.
September 8, 2016 | Blog
InterCoast Building Solutions Supplies SRP's AirOutshield Super Permeable Air Barrier System for new Development in Calgary AB
Palfreyville Condominiums by RJK Developments, designed by S2 Architecture - prominent Calgary-based Architects - is a 19 unit four story development on the corner of second Avenue and ninth Street NW.
August 3, 2016 | Blog
InterCoast Building Solutions is Delighted to be a Sponsor for the 19th Annual "Golf for Guide Dogs" Event
The 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
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
InterCoast 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:
Green Roof Systems Vancouver BC - Intercoast Delighted to Promote Columbia Green Technologies Green Roof Solutions
May 3, 2016 | Blog
InterCoast 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.
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
There'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.
February 5, 2016 | Blog
The Smarter Way to Protect Your Green Roof!
The Smartex® Intelligent Green Roof and Flat Roof monitoring systems provide you with the confidence that you always know your roof membranes are secure and leak free.
RCI Western Canada 2016 Conference & AGM for Roofing, Waterproofing & Building Envelope Consultants Vancouver BC
January 19, 2016 | Blog
RCI Western Canada is holding its annual Seminar, Tradeshow and AGM event in Vancouver BC in February. If you are looking for the latest information on roofing, waterproofing and building envelope technology and best practices then this is the event for you.
December 22, 2015 | Blog
As the end of year holiday season is upon us again we are looking forward to a busy and prosperous 2016 as we enter Year 14 of our membership in the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association (MANA).
MANA has been promoting excellence in representing manufacturer’s products since 1947.
October 20, 2015 | Blog
Join 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.
October 16, 2015 | Blog
Helping British Columbia’s Building Industry Professionals Mitigate Thermal Bridging to Improve Building Envelope Thermal Performance and Reduce Energy Use
This 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.
June 23, 2015 | Blog
InterCoast Building Solutions is pleased to announce its new partnership with Ten Plus Metal Architectural Products. InterCoast will be representing the Ontario-based company’s line of Division 8 specialty architectural products, including aluminum Louvers, Sunshades and Visions Screens, across Western Canada.
This is an exciting partnership for us.
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.
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.
How InterCoast and Our Partners Are Building Lasting Change with Sustainable Green Building Products
June 9, 2015 | Blog
Residential, commercial and institutional buildings generate more than half of a city’s green house gas emissions. Heating and cooling these buildings accounts for approximately 30 per cent of a city’s energy consumption. The operation of buildings without green construction considerations takes a hefty toll on the environment.
June 1, 2015 | Blog
Attending Canada Green Building Council National Conference and Building Expo this Wednesday and Thursday?
Be sure to visit InterCoast on the trade show floor. Also setting up a booth at the expo will be one of our valued partners, Tech-Crete.
If you haven’t planned on attending the June 3 – 4 event, you might want to reconsider.
April 21, 2015 | Blog
ROOFTech Canadian Roofing Exhibition Offers Opportunities to Meet With Industry Experts
A breach in your roofing materials or building membrane can have devastating effects on any project or green roof. Even a tiny water leak left undetected can result in major, expensive repairs that could potentially lead to litigation.
March 18, 2015 | Blog
Becoming Contractor of the Year is the title of Ronald Coleman’s excellent business book that’s now available for Kindle. And it’s a book that everyone who is working as a hired gun in the construction industry should read.
February 19, 2015 | Blog
There’s building trade conferences and then there’s Buildex Vancouver
This 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.
January 28, 2015 | Blog
It 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.
January 8, 2015 | Blog
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.
December 30, 2014 | Blog
With 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.
December 18, 2014 | Blog
A 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.
December 2, 2014 | Blog
Whether 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.
November 18, 2014 | Blog
Not 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.
November 4, 2014 | Blog
It’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.
June 26, 2014 | Blog
InterCoast at the 2014 BC Land Summit
The 2014 BC Land Summit: Collaborations & Connections conference was held May 14-16th at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
April 23, 2014 | Blog
A Unique Temporary Park Takeover Outside the BC Land Summit
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the BCLSA as a professional body.
April 15, 2014 | Blog
The 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
March 31, 2014 | Blog
Paul 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.
March 26, 2014 | Blog
Brock White Canada Company LLC a major distributor of Tech-Crete Concrete Faced Insulated Wall & Roof Panels have just drawn to a close a mini tradeshow called BW Connect. BW Connect offers product training for technical staff and salespeople throughout Western Canada. All of the offices operated by Brock White Canada were represented.
March 19, 2014 | Blog
For this week’s story we wanted to change direction and take a moment to reflect. This year the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) celebrates 50 years of practice within our profession.
March 5, 2014 | Blog
InterCoast Building Solutions is Proud to Host BIG IDEAS IN LIVING ARCHITECTURE
Want 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
Big Ideas: Everyday Counts! The Latest Technologies for Sustainable Architecture in Vancouver & Calgary
March 1, 2014 | Blog
InterCoast Building Solutions is delighted to bring to you a full day seminar featuring experts in building science on April 14 or April 15, 2014. The Symposium will examine the latest technologies for sustainable architectural design using advanced building envelope technologies including a focus on green roof technologies.
February 14, 2014 | Blog
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.
February 7, 2013 | Blog
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.
January 31, 2013 | Blog
Gracom Masonry BC Hydro in Maple Ridge BC is a recently completed project that utilizes the SRP AirOutshield™ Wall UV breathable underlayment product.
The Architectural, Structural, Electrical, Mechanical and Fire Contractors were all handled through Omicron, Vancouver.
January 29, 2013 | Blog
Maple 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
January 23, 2013 | Blog
FRESH STREET MARKET SHOWS OFF IT’S GREEN WALL IN WEST VANCOUVER, BC
The Fresh Street Market opening at 1650 Marine Drive in West Vancouver was a huge success. Everyone involved was very pleased with the transformation. The additional plants and replacements, especially in the lower half of the Living Green Wall, make a big difference.
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
Architect: 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
December 28, 2012 | Blog
PROJECT PROFILE - BOW VALLEY SQUARE, CALGARY, AB
Architect: BC MP Architects Inc.
Landscape Architects: Matrix Landscape Architecture
Hydrotech Garden Roof application: Skyline Building Envelope Solutions
November 8, 2012 | Blog
Thursday, November 8th at 9pm THE GRANDE DAME OF GREEN DESIGN
Cornelia 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.
October 1, 2012 | Blog
Here is a tongue in cheek picture of the doghouse with a Garden Roof System. Just goes to show that even dogs appreciate the benefits of having a rooftop garden.
AugiDoggie who owns this house is out on the rubber bone circuit telling all his buddies what a great idea it turn out to be.
September 10, 2012 | Blog
With the impending changes to the building code more and more building designers are looking at continuous insulation on the exterior of buildings.TechCrete CFI Wall Insulation is an ideal way to insulate perimeter grade beams loading dock areas and walls where higher than normal abuse resistance is required.
September 3, 2012 | Blog
As you drive through Richmond BC heading North on Highway 99 you will notice a new Living Green Wall on the Richmond Mini building.
This Living Green Wall features plants in the form of a honeybee flying over the green fields of Richmond. Off to the right of the bee is the sun that will eventually identify itself as the plants mature.
August 20, 2012 | Blog
On the Richmond Mini building, an additional SRP breathable air barrier material was installed behind the Evergreen Vertical Living Green Wall system.
SRP Air Outshield breathable air barrier proved to be the ideal solution behind the Rain Screen Assembly of the wall. Its lightweight easy-to-use attributes were appreciated by the installation crew.
August 15, 2012 | Blog
Recently, 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.
July 10, 2012 | Blog
Intercoast 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.
June 6, 2012 | Blog
The SRP AirOutshield Wall is a secondary drainage plane and air barrier material behind range green wall cladding systems. It has an exceptionally high rating of 120 perms – one of the highest in the industry.
February 14, 2012 | Blog
InterCoast Building Solutions is proud to be an industry partner with the BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology and supports the Centre’s innovative research on green roof and living wall systems.
InterCoast would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ms.
October 20, 2011 | Blog
We enable people to enjoy an improved quality of life through the green environmentally friendly products that we sell. The architects that we work with enrich their client’s lives with the innovative buildings they design using the systems we represent.