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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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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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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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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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High Performance House Progress

        This high-performance house is starting to feel warmer, even though the winter remains! After all the wiring and pipes were finished, the blown fibreglass was installed. The installers were very careful filling up all the gaps between the pipes and cables. They tested the density of the blown fibreglass in certain areas to ensure that […]

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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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Pembina Institute unGALA 2017

Sheena was at the Pembina Institute’s unGALA last Thursday.  It was held in he Fermenting Cellar in the distillery district: a beautiful example of post-and-beam architecture.   The theme was “Cowgirls and Cowboys ride herd on climate policy“ and there was certainly a lot to talk about what with an unusually mild — and grey […]

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