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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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High-Performance House in Parry Sound almost complete

The High-Performance house is almost complete, only counter tops, vanities and final details are missing. The electrical and mechanical systems are fully functioning and we are just waiting for the final inspection from the township to get the occupancy. Some landscaping has already started to happen. Here are some pictures of the empty house:  

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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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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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