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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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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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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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A Practical Approach to Climate Change

This Winter Sheena Sharp published another article in the “In Touch” magazine by the REIC (Real Estate Institue of Canada) on “A Practical Approach to Climate Change”.  The text is reproduced below. The Toronto 2030 District is a program created by Architecture 2030, a non-profit think tank looking at how our buildings can meet the challenge […]

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Interior Design & Interior Renovations

“Thank you for all your hard work. We have really enjoyed the process with you and we are pleased with the final plans. You are truly professionals and very knowledgeable in your field, and it has been more than pleasant dealing with you and your firm throughout.” Quote from the owners of this house. If […]

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Colleen receives LEED AP Certification

We are proud to announce that Colleen, a member of the Coolearth Team is now a LEED Approved Professional in Building Design and Construction! LEED is a green building rating system used in over 160 countries.  There are almost 8,000 LEED certified or registered buildings in Canada.  The image below from the LEED site hints […]

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OAA Building – Net-zero Carbon Retrofit

The Ontario Association of Architects began a project to retro-fit their own headquarters in Toronto to make it Net-zero Carbon in March 2014.   As a member of the Sustainable Built Environments Committee of the OAA, Coolearth principle Sheena Sharp has been involved in conceptualizing the need for the project, as well as guiding it’s direction which aims […]

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Making Net-Zero Commercial Buildings a Reality – @ Construct Canada

This Thursday Sheena Sharp, a principal at Coolearth, and Trevor Nightingale, the Program Leader, High Performance Buildings at National Research Council will present a seminar entitled “Making Net-Zero Commercial Buildings a Reality”. From the Construct Canada Website: For the early adopters, it is typically not a simple ROI but rather there are often less tangible […]

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High Performance House – Construction Photos

    The construction of a clients high performance house, near Parry Sound is coming along quickly!  The walls and roof are up and the enclosure will be protected soon to receive the upcoming winter weather. At this stage, when the walls and roof are being constructed, it is exciting to see the design becoming […]

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