Dwelly Prefabs are high performance, low maintenance, resource efficient auxiliary dwellings engineered to resist high winds, torrential rains, heavy snow loads, earthquakes and wildfires.
Each Dwelly is handcrafted in Maple Ridge British Columbia by Canadian & European artisans for your thermal and spatial comfort.
Dwelly Prefabs are CSA A277 Modular Homes which exceed BC building codes, are designed to be placed on permanent foundations and eligible for municipal build permits and real property mortgage or line of credit financing.
If you are considering a Laneway Home, Garden Cottage, Granny Flat, Rental Cabin; an Auxiliary Dwelling of any kind then the Dwelly could be just what you are looking for!
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DWELLY PREFABS MODULAR BUILDING SYSTEM
In April 2017 the BC Energy Step code came into force. The BC Energy Step Code is an energy-efficiency performance standard designed to help the province meet its goal that all new British Columbia buildings must be net-zero energy ready by 2032.
At the core of the 2017 BC Energy Step Code is enclosure-first approach to meet its goals. The Enclosure-first approach is a key strategy recommended by the BC Energy Step Code for achieving high-performance buildings which reduce energy consumption and provide a healthy and comfortable indoor environment for the occupants.
At Dwelltech Industries Ltd we started with an enclosure-first approach a few years earlier. In 2012 we began developing our Dwelly Prefabs Modular Building System using industrial rollforming machines and 5 ton galvalume steel coils to create a structural building shell with potential life spans over 300 years. We then worked on the materials and methods to make the Dwelly Prefabs structural shell a complete building enclosure system. An enclosure system which is not only long lasting but uses less materials to build and is very energy efficient to operate.
As defined by the BC Energy Step Code, A High Performance building is: a building built to high energy efficiency standards with reduced energy needs compared to today standards.
The Dwelly Prefabs Modular Building System offers High Performance Building Enclosures and when utilized with strategies in the BC Energy Step Code, Industry professionals and skilled artisans to bring it all together the end result is high performance modular homes and buildings.
In BC airtightness of the building enclosure has been determined as the single most cost effective way to reduce heating energy consumption. Another major factor in energy efficiency is a building’s massing. Massing refers to a building’s overall shape and size. The more complex a building shape, the greater the number of opportunities for heat loss through the enclosure. A building with several complex junctions and corners will lose far more heat through the enclosure than a building that has been designed as a simple, solid form.
Our Dwelly Prefabs Modular Building System only offers a very simple solid building form. The Arch is one of the world’s oldest known building systems. Arches appeared as early as the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia. But the systematic use of the Arch started with the ancient Romans, who were the first to apply the technique to a wide range of structures. The Arch has also been forever memorialized in the 1st 4 letters in Architecture. Our modern Arches are manufactured onsite and mechanically seamed together with no screw or nail holes creating a monolithic structural frame which is very effective in meeting and exceeding the BC Energy Step Code airtightness guidelines.
There are other strategies also recommended by the BC Energy Step Code: super insulation, minimizing heat loss and maximum heat gain through site orientations, optimizing windows and doors, using mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and separating heating/cooling from ventilation. Much more detail on this can be found at: www.energystepcode.ca
Dwelly Prefabs are high performance buildings which greatly reduce emissions from the built environment. Also, other significant benefits for your family include a healthy comfortable home able to withstand dramatic seasonal temperatures with lower utility bills and a structural lifespan of over 300 years!
All Dwelly Prefabs use fire resistant materials
Our metal roofing structure, cement board siding and double paned windows will help to give you additional peace of mind in grassland or forested areas.
Given the unique challenges I had with snow load issues, Dwelltech went above and beyond, making adjustments as needed and suggestions to improve however possible.
We could not believe how spacious the Dwelly Prefabs are. We liked what we saw on instagram but fell in love when we saw a Dwelly in person.
Thank you so much for the weekly updates – it is exciting to watch the Dwelly “grow”.
We love the robustness of the Dwelly – low maintenance – solid roof, hardy board siding, super durability. The single level, high ceiling openness.
Dwelly Prefabs, they will make you smile
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