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Insulspan SIPs being used for more Laneway Homes in Vancouver

June 18, 2013

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As the City of Vanouver started accepting the building of laneway homes in 2009, it was Lanefab Design/Build making the most of the opportunity, being the first to build the first laneway house in the city.

These small secondary residential units or “laneway homes” that takes the place of a garage along back lanes or alleys now total more than 500 as of May of 2013. Among these dwellings it is Lanefab that significantly takes the spotlight due to its environment-friendly approach on the design of laneway homes.

Lanefab co-owner Mat Turner considers Insulspan SIPs as an advantage because of its sustainability features such as a higher effective R-value, more efficient construction and a continuous air barrier that limits heat loss due to air infiltration.

“With SIPs, we can do an extremely airtight building and we can do it very quickly,” said Mat Turner, owner of Lanefab Design/Build.


The combination of Insulspan SIPs with triple-glazed windows and triple-glazed glass doors has allowed Turner to downsize the heating system of the home into a small air-to-water heat pump.

Applying these features resulted in an EnerGuide rating of 87, making it one of the most energy-efficient homes in the city of Vancouver once it the place was developed. This system has been repeated successfully by Lanefab, providing laneway homes with EnerGuide ratings of 88 and 89.

“I’ve been working with Insulspan for quite a long time,” said Turner. “The panels are extremely precise, they are always done very quickly, and the coordination is always good.”

“Lanefab is building on the sustainable EcoDensity program by reducing the energy use and carbon footprint of their homes with the Insulspan SIP System,” said Insulspan SIPS Sales Manager Dave Stevenson.

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