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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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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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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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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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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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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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High Performance House – Construction Photos

    The construction of a clients high performance house, near Parry Sound is coming along quickly!  The walls and roof are up and the enclosure will be protected soon to receive the upcoming winter weather. At this stage, when the walls and roof are being constructed, it is exciting to see the design becoming […]

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Net-zero Upgrade to Toronto Semi-Detached House

Ontario’s climate action plan seeks to improve the energy efficiency and performance of buildings in order to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The province has identified that we need to take all buildings to Net-Zero or near Net-Zero Energy Use. This means upgrading the leaky, badly insulated homes which pre-dominate much of Toronto and were built […]

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High Performance House near Parry Sound

Construction has begun on the high performance house near Parry Sound that Coolearth designed. The house is a 2200 sqft permanent residence for a couple looking to move to their dream property on a lake near Parry Sound, Ontario. The houses of Frank Lloyd Wright have always thrilled the couple and they have been able […]

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