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Paper as Insulation

At the firm as part of our conversation around insulation types, one of the Principals, Marty, mentioned that we have been using newspaper to insulated walls for hundreds of years. Indeed if anyone has done a renovation or addition to a home in Toronto from the early 1900’s, they might have found old newspapers still […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Shawn Micallef – Contact Photography Festival

We are excited to announce that we are hosting Shawn Micallef’s “Toronto System” photo-series as part of this years Contact Photography Festival.   Shawn Micallef explores Toronto leaving a trail of tweeted and instagramed photos behind him. These photos sometimes have people in them, but often don’t. They are an oblique aggregate of the city’s […]

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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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