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The Goal: Zero Greenhouse Gas Building, A Manifesto

Getting to the right vision, and expressing it simply, is not easy. Zero Green House Gas Emissions (GHG) is the right vision for us, because it says what we need to accomplish most succintly. 1.) Do we care about all Green House Gases? Yes. Therefore we need to stop burning gas entirely, starting now. The […]

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Designing for Future Ontario Climates – Homes and Cottages

Map showing the extreme daily maximum temperature change in degrees Climate change is topping national, provincial, and municipal conversations these days: and for good reason.  The fast few years have been the warmest on record (“NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015“) and the perils of business-as-usual become apparent. Ontario is implementing a Cap and […]

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Paper as Insulation

At the firm as part of our conversation around insulation types, one of the Principals, Marty, mentioned that we have been using newspaper to insulated walls for hundreds of years. Indeed if anyone has done a renovation or addition to a home in Toronto from the early 1900’s, they might have found old newspapers still […]

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Passive House Open House at Humber College

Coolearth’s Sheena Sharp was at the Passive House: Research Partnership Forum at Humber College on Tuesday December 1st. It was a great event and Sheena had a lot to say about it.  We’re looking forward to working with Humber, Andrew Peel, and the others we met. More information about the event can be seen here: […]

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Sustainability of Typical Insulations, by Material

Sustainable architecture  encompasses the energy a building uses, as well as the materials used.  Any reduction in  Greenhouse Gas emissions required to product a building will contribute to the global effort to fight climate change, immediately.  This is the idea of doing things efficiently: accomplishing the same task with less energy allows us to either store, or […]

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AIA 2030 Commitment – Progress Report 2014

Across all projects — including those already aiming for carbon neutrality — reporting the 2030 portfolio anticipates a mean energy reduction of 36.9% from the national average. At Coolearth we are proud to be committed to the American Institue of Architects 2030 Challenge.  The 2030 Challenge is a grass-roots effort by architects across North-America to […]

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New Canadian Emissions Targets Set by Feds

“Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced today that Canada plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.” The proposed measures deal with: – Regulations aligned with recently proposed actions in the United States to reduce the potent GHG methane from the oil-and-gas sector – Regulations for natural gas-fired electricity […]

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2030 Commitment – 2014 Report – 65% Reduction over Average

  It’s that time of year again: when Architecture firms across North America who are participants in the 2030 Challenge report their results.  This year we exceeded the target of 60% reduction by achieving a 65% reduction.   This means that we are working effectively towards the 2030 Challenge goal of all new construction being […]

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Net Zero & Good Design in Lighting @ IIDEX

  Join us at Toronto’s IIDEX Canada, where Sheena Sharp will be presenting a seminar on Thursday, December 4, 2014, 10:00-12:00 entitled: “Can Net Zero Meet Good Design in Lighting?” with Deborah Gottesman and Harold Murray. “This seminar demystifies what it means to target net zero: what it is, where to start, and how to […]

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