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Passive Building Show: On Now!

  Come by our gallery strorefront at 386 Pacific Avenue, in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood, to check-out the Passive Buiding Show.  This exhibits displays the work of Architecture Students from the University of Toronto, Waterloo, and Ryerson which address issues around Passive Building   Exhibition Description Much is made in the media of “smart” buildings which […]

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Call for Proposals for Passive Building Show August-September 2015

Coolearth Architecture is calling for proposals for their storefront Gallery space that explore passive buildings.  Selected entries will be displayed in August and September at 386 Pacific Avenue, in Toronto’s Junction.   Proposal Statement: Much is made in the media of “smart” buildings which are wired and connected throughout, which move and twist in response […]

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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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Passive House in Canada?

A Passive House in Victoria, BC by Greg Damant. Passive House is a standard which certifies buildings who achieve high levels of energy efficiency, and comfort. The strangest part, perhaps, is not the reasonable price point for which this efficiency and comfort can be gained (in Canada approximately 10% more initial construction cost then standard)… […]

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Presentation at the OAA’s 2030 Course – Ottawa

Coolearth Principal Sheena Sharp speaking at the final session of the OAA 2030 Courses in Ottawa.   The 2030 courses are designed to help Ontario Architects create buildings that meet the energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge and offer strategies to reach 60% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions.  Sheena spoke at the […]

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OAA Perspectives – Sheena on Energy Models

  . This fall’s OAA Perspectives, a magazine published by OAA for its members features an  article by Principal Sheena Sharp on Energy Models. In it, Sheena highlight the power of using energy modeling as a tool to drive design and decision making. She also discusses questions about the accuracy of energy modeling and outlines how to choose the […]

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Net-Zero Eco-Cabins

  We challenged ourselves to design off-grid cabins that function well and are comfortable throughout the year. Cabins located in the secluded wilderness are great for resting, recovering, and enjoying nature, but servicing the site can be expensive. Our approach is to super-insulate the walls, minimize air leakage, optimize for solar gain, use a high […]

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Solar Energy in Urban Planning: Planning, Design + Implementation

  This Monday September 29th, the Architcture Department at Ryerson University is hosting a symposium on “Solar Energy in the Urban Context” From the International Energy Associations site: A large portion of the potential for energy efficiency in existing buildings and potential to utilize solar energy still remains unused. Globally, goals and specific targets are […]

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People’s Climate March

Canada, along with many other nations, has signed on to the goal of  keeping global warming below an average of 2 degrees.  It is generally recognized that above this level, we will start to experience irreversible feedback loops that will lead to a planet uninhabitable for humans.  However, our politicians, of all stripes, are not taking the steps […]

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Faces in the Crowd by: Heda Sharifi

You are cordially invited to a public reception hosted by Coolearth Architecture, for Faces in the Crowd an exhibition of Toronto street photography by Heda Sharifi on May 3rd from 6-9pm in the Junction.   Faces in the Crowd is a series of black-and-white photographs depicting scenes and portraits of people on the streets of […]

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