"When the wind of change blows, some build walls, others build windmills."
Our deep technical expertise and understanding of the diffusion of innovation allow us to act as a change catalyst for organizations and for the housing industry as a whole. buildABILITY understands that the uptake of innovation generally requires a simplification of complexity, a demonstration of comparative advantage, an understanding of the end user and manufacturer, a mentoring of trials, and a recognition of the early adopters. As a catalyst for change, buildABILITY works with government, housing product manufacturers, and home builders to mentor and support change initiatives.
The firm has a unique approach to delivering change within the housing industry. This approach can be captured in three words, which are the foundation of buildABILITY’s work: EXPLORE, DISCOVER, TRANSFORM. Below are some recent case studies that describe our unique approach in more detail.
Natural Resources Canada: Net Zero Energy Housing Communities
buildABILITY acted as the project manager and lead consultant for one of the federal government’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) supported projects. Over $4 million in funding and in-kind contributions from ecoEII and the building industry supported the construction of at 26 net-zero homes in 4 provinces.Learn More
Design and Development of the ENERGY STAR® Multi-Family Buildings Program
buildABILITY acted as a Design Consultant for the ENERGY STAR® Multi-Family Buildings Program. The program introduces ENERGY STAR® certification for mid/high-rise residential buildings in Canada and aims to reduce consumers' energy costs and support the Canadian government's climate change commitments.Learn More
ECC EIFS Design Awards Program Commemorative Book
buildABILITY designed and produced a commemorative photo book showcasing the Award finalists of the ECC EIFS Design Awards Program. This highly visual photo book contained summaries and photographs of each EIFS Awards Finalist. The photo book was given as unique gifts to each Finalist, judge, and key industry personnel.Learn More
ECC EIFS Design Awards Program 2017-18
buildABILITY undertook all program planning, delivery, and architects and media engagement tasks for the ECC EIFS Design Awards Program 2017-18. The Awards program aims to increase awareness of EIFS as a cladding and address the associated misconceptions by celebrating and supporting outstanding EIFS buildings.Learn More
Identifying Challenges and Solutions for Fuel Oil Spills
A large stakeholder engagement was undertaken for the Canadian Oil Heat Association that examined the nature of residential fuel oil spills, specifically their cause and frequency. The engagement focused on how to reduce the number of residential fuel oil spills, their severity, and their remediation cost. A multi-stakeholder advisory committee was assembled to provide strategic advice by helping to better define the problem and to develop a list of potential solutions.Learn More
Canadian Wood Council: Effective R-Value Web App
We designed, developed, and launched the first effective R-Value calculator and durability rating Web Application for walls. The online application allows designers to easily identify climate zone-appropriate insulated wall assembly options and compare these options with national and provincial energy efficiency prescriptive provisions.Learn More
Our Complete List of Projects
buildABILITY delivers change within the housing industry through its four lines of services: research and consulting, publications, program development, and curriculum development. Check here for a full list of the projects the firm has worked on since its inception.Learn More