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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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PassivHealing

We are excited today to share a guest post by Nabia Majeed, on her thesis work at the University of Toronto around healing environments. Nabia participated in the Passive Building Show at Coolearth Architecture in the Fall of 2015.   Nabia Majeed is a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Toronto who completed […]

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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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Passive House Open House at Humber College

Coolearth’s Sheena Sharp was at the Passive House: Research Partnership Forum at Humber College on Tuesday December 1st. It was a great event and Sheena had a lot to say about it.  We’re looking forward to working with Humber, Andrew Peel, and the others we met. More information about the event can be seen here: […]

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Sustainability of Typical Insulations, by Material

Sustainable architecture  encompasses the energy a building uses, as well as the materials used.  Any reduction in  Greenhouse Gas emissions required to product a building will contribute to the global effort to fight climate change, immediately.  This is the idea of doing things efficiently: accomplishing the same task with less energy allows us to either store, or […]

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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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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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