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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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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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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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Deep Green Home Renos: How-to

Thank you to everyone who came out to the seminars this past Saturday (Deep Green Home Renos: How-to). It was great to meet so many people from the neighbourhood who are also intersested in sustainability, making homes net-zero, and reducing energy consumption .  We’ll be posting the presentation in a couple of weeks. If you’d […]

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Craig has his Passive House Certification

We are proud to announce that Coolearth’s Craig  England has just received his Passive House Certification.  Congratulations to Craig! We are excited to offer clients the services of a certified Passive House Designer! To learn more about Passive House, visit a blog we did here, or check out the Passive House website

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2030 Commitment – 2014 Report – 65% Reduction over Average

  It’s that time of year again: when Architecture firms across North America who are participants in the 2030 Challenge report their results.  This year we exceeded the target of 60% reduction by achieving a 65% reduction.   This means that we are working effectively towards the 2030 Challenge goal of all new construction being […]

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Carbon Pricing: A Key Driver of Climate Change Mitigation

Last week, In a lecture to students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim spoke about the main drivers of climate change, and how these can be addressed. “We have to keep the economy growing – there is no turning back on growth… What we have to do is […]

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Sheena Appointed to Ontario’s Climate Action Group

Today we are happy to announce Sheena Sharp, a principal at Coolearth was appointed a Special Advisor for Climate Change as part of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Climate Action Group. The climate action group will advise the minister on effective climate change actions that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse […]

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Resilient Design

  re·sil·ience/rəˈzilyəns/noun 1.) the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. 2.) the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Last weeks blog post (here) about the drought in Brazil, prompted us to look more into “Resilience” as a design principle.  If we can build cities, and change land-use patterns […]

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Land Use Planning & Sustainability

Recent and surprising news (at least from our perspective) from Brazil: a drought stretchs across their most populous province, Sao Paulo. Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira has said the country’s three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930. Expert consensus is building around deforestation as a major driver of this year’s drought […]

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