Building your home with Road’s End is an exercise in cutting-edge sustainability.

Road’s End custom homes are built differently. From Passive House building standards to sustainable, locally-sourced building materials and extreme energy efficiency, our homes are built with a conscience. Learn about some of the engineering standards that are designed into each of our magnificent houses and see how Road’s End is a home builder with an edge.

Passive House

Originally from Germany, Passive House is a high-performance building standard distinctly praised for its supreme comfort and energy efficiency. With over 50,000 units built worldwide, Passive House has firmly established itself as the international standard for energy-efficient architecture.

This concept allows homes to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, all while saving homeowners about 80% on their energy bills. Here’s how:

  • Extremely efficient and highly insulated windows, exterior walls, roofs, and floor slabs
  • A ventilation system that supplies fresh air without the unpleasant drafts
  • A heat recovery unit that contains exhaust air in order to reuse it
  • Effortless heating, thanks to the building’s ability to trap body heat and solar heat
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Sustainability, Comfort & Quality

High insulation levels, thermal bridge-free design, and an airtight envelope help Passive House homes retain their prestige in energy efficient home building. Homes don’t leak heat, and are without weak spots or cold corners. Incredibly, the body heat of 4 people can keep a 20 m² Passive House room warm in the dead middle of a cold-climate winter.

Aside from saving homeowners 80% on energy costs, the Passive House standard offers the highest level of comfort, regardless of the season or local climate.

Noble gas filled, triple-glazed window panes are custom built for each climate, and allow sunlight in (but not out) during the winter. Plus, by trapping sunlight and body heat, homes are able to remain warm all season. In the warmer months, the tightly insulated roof, windows and walls keeps thermal energy out, while shading and cross-ventilation keeps the home cool.

Insulated Concrete Forms

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) are premade forms with rigid insulation that slide together in interlocking fashion. Along with being less costly, lightweight, and easy to erect, ICFs are airtight.

Because ICFs hold temperature in so expertly, they earn exceptionally high insulation scores and cruise past the high standards for Passive House, BC Step Code, and more.

Typically built at 16″ x 48″, ICFs work well for foundations and exterior walls for the main and upper floors of a home.

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Longboard Architectural Products

When Road’s End was asked to locate a sustainable, maintenance-free exterior, we did our due diligence and found Longboard Architectural Products. Longboard is an innovative local company based in Vancouver, BC. They engineer high-quality extruded aluminum products available in a variety of solid colours and woodgrain powder-coated finishes. They are recyclable and durable.

Road’s End was thrilled to discover this amazing local business and will certainly incorporate their sustainable products in future custom home building projects.

I am writing this short note to express my gratitude to you and your team at Road’s End Contracting Ltd. When I requested that you take over the construction of our new home from another contractor, you were placed in a challenging situation. You had no difficulty with the various authorities as well as the sub-trades.

It was such a joy to have a very qualified foreman on site at all times that saw to it that not only your team was working in harmony, but also the sub-trades were being followed up on and there was co-operation to ensure that the trades could get their work done in a timely fashion. It was evident that all if your employees had respect for David.

The quality of work done by Road’s End was very good. From the site foreman to the person doing the floor and window protection and cleanup was excellent.

—brian & judy

When Bob and I decided to purchase an old house and renovate, David Dare and Road’s End was the first company we thought of.

David’s team had previously built a home for me in the past: a townhouse unit in a heritage restoration project in Dragon Alley in Chinatown. Each of us purchasers in this project made changes to the plan at the blue print stage so that no two units were alike, which meant many details and alterations that needed to be kept straight and they were!

Road’s End’s crew handled our many demands professionally and efficiently, while working amid the challenges of downtown heritage construction. It was exciting and a joy to watch his team create quality homes in such difficult conditions. And so, I looked forward to working with David and his crew on our new dream project.

When we first met David Dare a little over a year ago to learn more about Road’s End Contract Ltd and to help us determine if Road’s End was the builder for us, David commented to us that he viewed the contract between builder and client as more of a long-term relationship, like a collaborative partnership, with other specialists contributing to the relationship when and as required. He was right.

When people ask us about our experience building a new home from scratch, the first thing we say to them is the relationship we have with our builder is the most critical factor. When they ask us about our client/builder relationship with Road’s End, the top 3 things we name are:

Responsiveness – We always felt looped in, consulted, educated and secure. We knew that Road’s End would let us know what we needed to know and when we needed to know it. When we needed their advice or consult, they were there with ideas and thoughts that made sense and were practical to implement. They gave us options and worked through them with us. And above all, they didn’t keep us wondering or waiting for a response. Road’s End got back to us promptly, with all of the info we needed to know.

Ethics and Integrity – People judge a team by the character of their leader. David Dare’s honesty and openness gave us confidence in the process as we moved along. We trusted him and his team completely. We came to respect his crew for their knowledge, expertise, diligence and candor. We knew that all elements of the build would be completed to the highest standards.

Consistency – David told us that he likes to keep the same foreman on the job from start to finish. This was a critical element in the building of that aforementioned collaborative relationship. It was so reassuring to know that “Peter and the boys” would be there whenever we arrived, always ready to talk with us about what they were doing. We also appreciated that the sub-trades they engaged in were well known to them (and when they were not we were told, See, “Ethics and Integrity” above) and were used to working with your team. This gave us even more confidence that the build would be done right.

I am a Human Resources professional and one thing I remember from our first meeting with David Dare was that his crew seemed genuinely happy to see him when we arrived at one of their work sites. This spoke volumes to me and was a major factor in our decision to contract with Road’s End to build our home.

I can now add that even our neighbours were happy to see David and his team. Since we moved in, I’ve heard their stories about less than careful builders who incurred their anger. Not so with Road’s End. In fact, they are recommending Road’s End to prospective purchasers/buyers at every opportunity. And we are doing the same. It would be our sincere pleasure to see Road’s End building a new home in our neighbourhood.

—Fred & Mel Herman

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