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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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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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Visit Coolearth at Construct Canada

Coolearth will be presenting a seminar on our net-zero conversion of a semi-detached residential building as well as hosting a booth as part of the Passive House Canada Pavilion on November 30th. Our seminar will take place on November 30 from 9-10:15am. Look for us in the South Building (code w300).  The brief for the […]

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SBE16: Toronto – Arborus Consulting – Low Carbon Heating using Off-peak Electricity

The second post in our series re-capping the Sustainable Built Environment Conference September 19th and 20th in Toronto will feature a presentation by Arborus Consulting group’s R. Hutcheson, S. Jorens, and D. Knapp on  “Low carbon heating for commercial buildings using grid-supplied electricity during Off-peak periods.”  It is a very fascinating idea that holds a lot of potential (as our notes […]

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Ontario’s Climate Action Plan and Homes

“Climate change is a fact in our daily lives — raising the cost of our food, causing extreme weather that damages property and infrastructure, threatening outdoor activities we love, and melting winter roads that provide critical seasonal access to remote northern Indigenous communities. It affects every aspect of our lives, so it is our collective […]

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Designing for Future Ontario Climates – Homes and Cottages

Map showing the extreme daily maximum temperature change in degrees Climate change is topping national, provincial, and municipal conversations these days: and for good reason.  The fast few years have been the warmest on record (“NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015“) and the perils of business-as-usual become apparent. Ontario is implementing a Cap and […]

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Reframing “Sustainable” Payback: Cost or Comfort?

A common element in Sustainable Design is projected payback period. Payback is in this sense defined as cost savings in dollars that the sustainable measure will have over the long term, i.e by using less electrcity or natural gas. Here is an example of a typical pay-off calculation:   If the typical home is 1500 […]

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Thank you to Everyone who came out to our Roundtable last night!

A big thank you is necessary to everyone who came out to the Roundtable on Tuesday to Meet Ontario’s Next Generation of Passive House Designers. Students from Ryerson, Waterloo, and Humber College, as well as industry professionals (Contractors, Material Suppliers, Energy Consultants, and Architects) from across Ontario came together to listen to students presentations on […]

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4 tips for choosing a Contractor to build your Dream Home

  Choosing a contractor to build your dream home can be an overwhelming prospect for many homeowners.   As architects we have worked with many contractors and have had great as well as horrible experiences. One of the main things we find is that contractors and homeowners can confuse each other via mis-understandings and poor […]

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