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Building Show 2017 Follow-up: Net-zero Retrofit

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Seminar Sheena Sharp gave on Thursday, November 30th, entitled: Net-Zero Upgrade to an Existing Semi-Detached House – Construction Follow-up. There were many more architects in attendance this year’s talk.  This is good news, as it shows that the discussion of sustainability is reaching further into […]

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Building Show 2017 – Seminar

  We are getting excited — this Thursday, November 30th, Sheena Sharp, a principal at Coolearth Architecture, will be presenting a Seminar as part of the Building Show 2017. If you are interested in attending, please let us know, we have a few complimentary tickets for the seminar. Otherwise, we hope to see you there! […]

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Buyers vie for Mid-century home by Coolearth Architecture Partner

Coolearth Architecture Partner Martin Poizner’s work was recently the focus of a Globe and Mail article (see here) about a bidding war on a unique modern home in Rosedale. The Globe and Mail Article had this to say: “In the late 1960s, Sotak & Poizner Architects earned a Canadian Housing Design award for the design […]

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Passive Survivability – Building Design for Resilience and Safety

Passive Survivability is a term coined by Building Science expert Alex Wilson, which he defines as “maintaining livable conditions in the event of extended loss of power or interruptions in heating fuel.” Alex, came up with the idea after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, observing how modern un-powered, un-serviced buildings overheated while traditional architecture remained […]

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Night Visions – Contact Photography Festival 2017

UPDATE: blogTO has featured “Night Vision” as one of the 20 must-see exhibits of the Contact Photo Festival — check out the full list here: http://www.blogto.com/arts/2017/04/contact-photography-festival-toronto-2017/ Coolearth Architecture is pleased to once again take part in the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout the month of May. This year we are featuring the photography […]

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Coolearth – Sustainable Architecture at the Green Living Show

This past weekend the Coolearth team was at the Green Living Show.  Thank you to everyone who came out to the show — there was a lot of very interesting conversation! After Sheena’s seminar on how homeowners can retrofit their houses to be Net-zero Carbon there were so many people around the booth — we apologize […]

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Blower Door Testing on Net-zero Toronto Semi-detached Retrofit

Yesterday the Coolearth team conducted a Blower Door test on the Net-zero Toronto Semi-detached Retrofit project during the construction phase to identify any major air leaks. By doing the Blower Door test mid-construction we are able to work with the contractor to solve problems before we get to far into the process.   This saves money […]

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Visit us @ the Green Living Show, April 7-9th

We invite you to join us at the upcoming Toronto Green Living Show on April 7-9th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Coolearth Architecture’s booth is 1546. At the Green Living Show we will be sharing a plan to make your home Net-zero in five years. Homes in the GTA use a substantial amount of […]

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Ontario Energy and Water Benchmarking has been Implemented!

At Coolearth we began calling for the Energy and Water benchmarking almost three years ago, so it is heartening to see it implemented last week.  At that time we thought the most likely initiative would be  via the City of Toronto, but since then Toronto partnered up with Ontario to implement a province-wide policy.  We […]

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