Green Emerald Construction is the name you can trust when you are looking for experienced homebuilders in Salmon Arm and surrounding areas. Our team has the expertise to build various structures without any hassle. From custom home construction to retirement communities, you name it and we build it. You might have a few questions in your mind before beginning a new construction project. On this page, you can find answers to some of the frequently asked questions. Please go through them and call us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

What are Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)?

Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs are a high performance building system for residential and light commercial construction. The exterior walls are premade panels consisting of a six-inch insulating foam core, sandwiched between two structural facings, usually orientated strand board. You also have wood behind your drywall on outside walls, so you can hang a picture or put up shelves anywhere!

How are Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) more energy efficient than traditional stick frames?

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) will give you a more airtight, quieter, higher insulated home that is 300% structurally stronger than traditional stick framing. The SIP system provides a solid continuous expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation core that will not sink like traditional fiber batting or shrink over time like spray foam.
SIP panels reduce the number of thermal bridges, which is a place in the wall where the insulation is interrupted. In traditional stick framing there are 2” x 6” studs located every 16 inches and each stud creates a break in the insulation, creating an opportunity for energy to easily transfer through the wall as wood offers less resistance than insulation.

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Are Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) soundproof?

SIP houses are far quieter than a traditional stick framed house. We also use Roxul Safe and Sound between the master bedroom, bathroom, and living areas.

What are Insulated Concrete Foundations (ICF)?

The Insulated Concrete Foundations that we use 3.5” per side polystyrene foam forms with 6 inches of concrete and steel rebar in between. In order to give you a warm (R-30) and dry basement, this stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior. We also use 3” of foam (R-13) under the 4” basement slab to prevent heat loss into the ground. This can save you 30% of your energy costs in a heated basement. Above that is caulked and taped 6mil poly to prevent moisture and gasses leaching through the concrete and below is 4” of drain rock with outside ventilation for radon gas mitigation.
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What is a Heat Recovery Ventilation System (HRV)?

A Heat Recovery Ventilation System (HRV) is a balanced ventilation system, except it uses the heat in the outgoing stale air to warm up the fresh air. A typical unit features two fans – one to take out household air and the other to bring in fresh air.

What makes a Heat Recovery Ventilation System (HRV) unique?

The heating exchange core is what makes the HRV system so unique. The core transfers heat from the outgoing stream to the incoming stream in the same way that the radiator in your transfers heat from the engine’s coolant to the outside air. It is composed of a series of narrow alternating passages through which incoming and outgoing airstreams flow. As the streams move through, heat in transferred from the warm side of each passage to the cold, while the airstreams never mix. This gives you fresh air throughout the house and eliminates air and gasses from paint, carpets, plastics and other contaminates from your environment, at the same time as saving energy.

What are some of the standard features in your homes?

Green Emerald homes feature

  • Full HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) system
  • Furnaces with 96%-98% efficiency
  • Double low-e argon windows
  • Six-inch EPS foam Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) exterior walls for airtight construction
  • Soundproofing and higher R Value
  • Under-slab insulation for warm basements
  • Spray-foamed rim joists or hung from the inside of the ICF to prevent thermal bridging
  • Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) basement walls (R-30)
  • LED lighting

Are your homes ENERGY STAR® rated?

Design permitting, most of our homes achieve an ENERGY STAR® rating of 80+. Ratings can be up to 92+ with additional options such as Extra Insulation, triple-glazed windows, heat pumps, hot water on demand, solar panels, etc. We believe that the extra effort and time ensures you as a Homeowner will have long-lasting comfort, a healthier home, and lower energy costs.


Green Emerald Construction

Salmon Arm, BC V1E 2A3

Phone: 250-833-5855

Email: office@greenemeraldinc.com



By appointment only

Service Area

Salmon Arm and surrounding areas


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