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Connect with the natural choice
Feeling the natural attraction Natural gas — clearly preferred
Natural gas offers Lower costs Natural gas is the Greater selection Today’s discerning Now with the installation It’s a winning concept.
homeowners For your highrise or multi- efficient choice for When homes are built homebuyers want more of individual gas Homeowners enjoy lower
many advantages family development, today’s homes with natural gas in mind, from the multi-family meters for multi-family strata fees, gain control
individual natural gas Natural gas is one of the owners have a broader housing market — more developments, you can offer over their utility costs
Nothing adds more to meters make sense. You cleanest burning, most choice of appliances value, more convenience, homebuyers the comfort and choose the natural
a warm, cosy feel than don’t compromise your efficient fuels, offering and heating systems. more comfort and and convenience of natural gas appliances they want.
natural gas. Whether design or sacrifice large savings over other energy From cooktops, ranges, more options. gas without compromising And you have a project
it’s the fireplace that’s amounts of saleable sources. About 60 per cent dryers and fireplaces, to design, or sacrificing large with expanded market
lit when a prospective space. Residents can of a household’s energy home and water heating amounts of saleable space. appeal.
buyer walks through the conserve energy and costs go towards heating. systems, natural gas allows
door, or the chef-worthy save on consumption Today’s natural gas furnaces homebuyers to create
range that gleams in the because they only pay for are technically advanced the home they want,
kitchen, natural gas heating the gas they use. There’s and up to 97 per cent energy how they want.
and appliances bring a no “subsidizing” of their efficient, so a homeowner
contemporary look to higher energy-consuming could save money on their Whether your market
new homes, immediately neighbours, and everyone heating bill year-after-year. is families, working
enhancing their appeal. enjoys lower strata fees. professionals or empty
nesters, natural gas offers
the savings, comfort and
Research shows homebuyers prefer natural gas as the fuel
of choice for space-heating equipment.
Research shows prospective homebuyers prefer natural gas equipment, fireplaces
Individual metering and appliances.
Individual Individual meters offer
metering many advantages:
• can be incorporated
Individual metering is easily into any design
easily incorporated into • have minimal impact on
your design giving you the saleable floor space
natural advantage over • increased market appeal
your competition, without • provide greater cost
sacrificing form for function. and budget control
We will work closely with for homeowners and Minimal work, Maximum flexibility,
your architects and engineers strata councils minimal space maximum appeal
to tailor our metering • deliver the quality and
system to your project. reliability you can trust We install all the gas work Individual metering offers
up to and including the design flexibility and
gas meters, which are gives you the opportunity
installed in compact meter to offer innovative
closets. Closet size is kept options for heating and
to a minimum. All your cooling systems such as
contractor needs to install combo systems. Strategic
is the piping between the meter-closet locations,
meter closets and the suites. tailored to your project’s
requirements, keep your
piping runs to a minimum.
Benefits of natural gas and individual metering
For developers: For architects: For mechanical
Competitive Construction heat Design
advantage • Use natural gas for • Out-of-sight gas Flexibility
• Your installation construction heat and metering won’t impose • With individual • The header and
costs may be as low save at least 50 per cent on building design. metering, you have more metering system are
as only the basic new over bottled propane. • Minimized meter closets options for heating and engineered and installed
service and application Tie into the building’s save you space. cooling systems such as by Terasen Gas to meet
fees. We’ll provide gas system for access to • Individual meters combo systems. or exceed local seismic
a free estimate for a continuous fuel supply eliminate the need for • Every residence can code, for increased
your project. without hauling or banks of meters on the be designed with safety and reliability.
• Shorter gas piping runs storing bulky cylinders. outside of the building. independent mechanical • With individual
mean you only contract • Quick connections and • Compact heating/cooling systems so a failure in metering, the header
for piping from the 15-metre hoses make systems can be wall or one system doesn’t affect system is all-welded
meter closet to the suite. placing construction floor-mounted or hidden the entire building. steel pipe, so it’s
• Appliances such as heaters a simple task. in the ceiling space. • Design conditions for strong, stable and more
ranges and dryers • With natural gas gas-delivery pressures earthquake-resistant
require 110 V AC heating systems you can be made on a than threaded-pipe
electrical supply instead get true floor-to-ceiling project-by-project alternatives.
of the usual 220 V and design capabilities. basis to meet your • The multiple valving
may eliminate the need requirements. can easily isolate supply,
for an electrical unit so you have better
substation – saving you control over the gas
thousands of dollars in supply to the building.
electrical capital costs. Now you can shut the
gas off quickly in an
emergency, or when
Economical natural gas construction
heaters never run out of fuel.
The new standard of living
Comfort, control, Natural gas ranges also Besides layout options, there Why do people prefer Dryers
convenience come in a variety of styles are self-cleaning models to cook with natural
and sizes to accommodate (better insulated and energy gas? • features such as Natural gas dryers are the
Offer homebuyers a wide almost any design layout saving), continuous-clean or • instant heat for adjustable burner smart choice for new homes.
range of natural gas options. and are available with built- manual-clean models. quicker cook times controls, push button They only require 110 V AC
in downdraft exhaust fans. and precise control spark ignition, and easy- and standard metal venting.
Ranges • a direct, variable flame to-clean cooking grates Innovative design and
Styles include free-standing with infinite variations • quick-connects provide control features dry clothes
Natural gas is preferred by ranges (oven and range top • today’s automatic a flexible hose for easy faster than electric dryers,
homebuyers because of its are enclosed in a metal pilotless ignition placement and storage and moisture sensors
outstanding performance cabinet) or built-in ranges models can save up • new models are loaded prevent over-drying. These
and sophisticated features. (unit is set into a wall or to 30 per cent on with options like shorter cycles are gentler
A natural gas range in island). All ovens feature appliance energy use rotisseries, warming on fabrics, so clothing lasts
the kitchen immediately broilers – some located • completely sealed racks and woks, and longer, with less static and
suggests high-value beneath the oven and others burners make for are less costly to operate fewer wrinkles. The cost
and is almost always a located at the top to free easy clean-up Barbecues than propane models savings of natural gas dryers
homebuyer’s preference. storage space beneath. • configurations suit make them the smart choice
any kitchen layout Unlike propane models, Why do homebuyers to install, and will enhance
(stand-alone, wall natural gas barbecues have prefer a natural gas the sophistication and
oven, cooktop) no tanks to store, refill or barbecue? efficiency of your homes.
transport. A “quick-connect” • ability to enjoy cooking
hook-up taps into the home’s outdoors all year round
natural gas supply, making • constant supply of fuel
this an attractive option means never running out
for projects that feature • no tanks to lift or refill
balconies or rooftop patios. and no messy charcoal
In the case of a power outage, many gas ranges and
fireplaces operate even without electricity.
Natural gas, tank-type water heaters can fully recover their hot water up to three times as
fast as an equivalent sized electric water heater.
Combo heating These reliable and durable to provide forced air Water heaters
systems units provide as much heating with the added
space heat as the highest advantage that the fan With natural gas water
Condensing boiler systems efficiency boilers coils can also provide heaters, homebuyers
are state-of-the art heating and furnaces. cooling in the summer. won’t need to worry about
systems that use a gas-fired, timing their use of water.
Fireplaces Whatever your decorating be vented through the wall furnace. Wall furnaces are high-efficiency, tank-type The water heater can Tucked away overhead They’ll have ample hot
style, room size or home instead of through the roof, available in heat-only and water heater to provide both provide comfortable, or hidden in the floor, a water on demand, so a
When it’s time to get cosy, design, there’s a natural gas you can install a fireplace heat/cool models. Heat-only domestic hot water and hot steady, evenly distributed condensing boiler heat shower no longer puts the
homeowners want to be by fireplace to suit your taste, in any room, for even models can be economically water for space heating. space heating in a number distribution system will not rest of the household on
a fire that’s warm and layout and budget. greater design flexibility. upgraded to provide of ways. The heater can compromise the use of floor water rations. Natural gas
always ready. And because these units air conditioning by the Adding the hydronic be connected to in-floor space the way flush electric water heaters also have
With natural gas, there’s are sealed, no room air is homeowner at a later date. space-heating function tubing to provide luxurious baseboard convectors and quick recovery times –
Realistic flames combined no wood to chop, no dirt required for combustion, so With no required B-venting reduces the standby heat and efficient radiant heat. air registers can. up to three-times as fast
with the efficient, space- to clean up, no ashes to heated indoor air is not lost and an attractive exterior losses associated with Or it can be connected as electric water heaters.
heating of a natural gas worry about. Without the to the outdoors. grill concealing the direct constantly maintaining the to recessed radiators and
fireplace can quickly fill smoke and ash of burning venting, wall furnaces fit temperature of domestic hot hydronic towel heaters in Natural gas water heaters
any room with warmth. wood, it’s cleaner burning Wall furnaces into any design. water in a tank when it’s the bathroom. It can also can also take on a second
and allergy-friendly. And not being used. be connected to a fan coil role as part of a combo
And unlike electric natural gas fireplaces Wall furnaces are installed heating system, providing
fireplaces, whose primary can be connected to a on an exterior wall and both domestic hot water and
purpose is decorative, your thermostat, to function direct-vented outside. Direct- space heating. And with the
gas fireplace will become like a room heater. vent wall furnaces obtain space-saving and compact
the workhorse of your living outside air for combustion water heaters that are now
space, providing heat, light Natural gas fireplaces and then exhaust directly to available, you’ll be able to
and ambience in a variety are available in so many the outdoors through a built- get more use of the precious
of styles to suit any room different styles, there’s one in vent, which means that space in your new designs
in your home. to fit your plan. And with no inside air or household by choosing natural gas.
a direct-vent unit that can heat is used in operating the
Give your next project the natural gas advantage
with Terasen Gas
It’s never too early to call For builders and developers in the Lower
Mainland call 604-576-7125.
If you’re at the concept stage of your development,
we want to hear from you. We can help you with: For builders and developers in the BC Interior
• mechanical design assistance call (250) 868-4522.
• building energy efficiency into your project
• sustainable development tips For Greater Victoria call (250) 380-5781.
By talking to us early, we can help you get the right Outside Greater Victoria call (250) 751-8304.
gas service for your needs.
Or visit our web site at www.terasengas.com
Terasen Gas delivers natural gas and piped propane to homes and businesses. The Terasen Gas
group of companies includes Terasen Gas Inc., Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc., Terasen Gas
(Squamish) Inc. and Terasen Gas (Whistler) Inc.. For information about natural gas service, safety,
and energy efficiency visit www.terasengas.com.
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