Sopka’s Esquimalt House built to last

 

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Sopka Development’s Esquimalt home in West Vancouver showcases the latest building technology.
 
 

Sopka Development’s Esquimalt home in West Vancouver showcases the latest building technology.

Based on the North Shore, Sopka Development specializes in building quality concrete homes.

Sopka project manager Ivan Goman says: “Sopka’s goal is to introduce new standards of sustainability and quality in fast changing environment of custom homebuilding. Our team consists of construction technology specialists, building designers, experienced carpenters and trades and professional construction project managers.”

Goman adds: “Home construction techniques and materials are developing quickly. We do a lot of research into new materials and innovative technologies to create advanced building solutions We challenge ourselves in every project by asking ‘Is there a better solution? How can we improve it? Is it possible to build it better?’ ”

To further that goal and increase awareness, Sopka constructed a new ‘spec house’ near Esquimalt and Taylor Way in West Vancouver that shows off these new technologies. Sopka’s materials and techniques — indeed, their entire philosophy — is based on surmounting the challenges presented by rain and moisture here on the West Coast.

Effective building envelope systems become especially important in the tough conditions of our coastal climate, where the house is exposed to extreme moisture conditions.

First and foremost is Sopka’s embrace of Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction. It’s the most efficient exterior wall system, utilizing an air/water tight, solid concrete core with two layers of high performance insulation. Walls and structural elements are not affected by water penetration and termites, and the exterior walls are virtually maintenance free.

“These are highly energy efficient homes,” Goman says. “Right now, we are only paying about $100 per month to heat the house.

Some examples of building envelope improvements include high performance rain-screen systems, the extensive use of natural stone, metal roofing and siding and aluminum cladding, as well as limiting the use of wood to areas where it’s not exposed to moisture.

Sopka’s design philosophy paid off by winning the Georgie for 2013 Best Single Family Home over 2,000 Sq. Ft and over $750,000.

“We are hoping that by winning a Georgie we can get people to take a look at what leading edge technology and materials can do to make a house last for a long, long time,” Goman says.

“Customers deserve to have a headache-free house. Our costs to build a custom home to your specifications is only 20 per cent higher than a production home, and we can save a lot of money in the long run by focusing on energy efficiency and low/no maintenance materials and construction. Come to us to build your dream house.”

 
 
 
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Sopka Development’s Esquimalt home in West Vancouver showcases the latest building technology.
 

Sopka Development’s Esquimalt home in West Vancouver showcases the latest building technology.

 
Sopka Development’s Esquimalt home in West Vancouver showcases the latest building technology.
Home on Taylor Way in West Vancouver built to cope with nature.
Sopka Development’s Esquimalt home in West Vancouver showcases the latest building technology.
Home on Taylor Way in West Vancouver built to cope with nature.
Sopka Development’s Esquimalt home in West Vancouver showcases the latest building technology.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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