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High-Performance House in Parry Sound almost complete

The High-Performance house is almost complete, only counter tops, vanities and final details are missing. The electrical and mechanical systems are fully functioning and we are just waiting for the final inspection from the township to get the occupancy. Some landscaping has already started to happen. Here are some pictures of the empty house:  

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Winter Stations and the Issue of Comfort in Homes

Yesterday German, Coolearth’s Building Science Specialist, went with some friends to check the winter stations design contest at the Beaches. This competition explores a winter design for the life guard stations that are not used in the winter with the goal of providing protection from the weather and in some cases providing a warm up […]

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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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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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Permaculture, or Working with Nature

Architects are tasked with designing and supervising the construction of buildings.  The landscape surrounding the building is integral to the building, and therefore we make a site plan which details all of this.  The surrounding landscape can have a big impact on the climate inside and around the building, as well as the quality of […]

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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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