Concepts & Design

 
Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Weather barriers (or more accurately water-resistive barriers) keep bulk water away from vulnerable building components and allow walls to dry at the same time. .   A technical guide to understanding the role weather barriers and rainscreens play in a wall...
Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto earns Canadian Green Building Award
While keeping the existing footprint, the Skygarden House renovation brings a leaky old home close to Passive House levels of performance. . First published by our print partner SAB Magazine, the Skygarden House is a winner of the 2016 Canadian Green Building Awards and...
Mobile tiny house
Compact housing is a great trend but there are tiny house issues that should be considered before you commit to life in one. . Some things to think about before you join the Tiny House Movement and commit to life in an extremely small space.  We have featured a number of...
Shipping container home
Living in a recycled shipping container house is not all its cracked up to be. Here is a look at the ups and downs of this housing trend. . Shipping container houses are gaining popularity globally and are seductively attractive with their modern looking lines, colours and shape...
Aerial view of  BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
The BRE Innovation Park will be expanding its facilities to conduct research into advanced building products and technologies. The BRE Innovation Park (Building Research Establishment) that lies 15km north of Toronto will soon build a new series of houses in which emerging...
The Fiction Factory Wikkelhouse tiny house made of carboard
The Cardboard Wikkelhouse from Fiction Factory falls under our 'too cool not to share' category. . Seriously, no pun intended - it's just hard not to describe the cardboard Wikkelhouse as anything other than an extreme case of thinking outside of the box. It's like there is some kind...
Earthship in Taos, New Mexico
Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates come with a much heavier environmental cost than they claim and contradict the laws of physics. I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold...
60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours
Would you exercise for an hour every day if the workout powered your home for twenty-four hours? . The article below was written by Amanda Froelich and was originally published on Trueactivist. The only thing we might add is a caveat regarding consumption rates in North...
Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
Canada cements its status as a world leader in the international green building and environmental sustainability movement. Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, ON — (July 22, 2015) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Canada ranks first on USGBC's second...
New ecoMetrics Tool Unveiled at CaGBC Conference
The firm's new ecoMetrics tool allows for a comprehensive analysis of data from energy simulation models across a wide range of the company’s building types. Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects is taking a leadership role in the development of a sustainable design databank...
Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office
It's that time of year when the Canadian Green Building Awards are granted. Among this years winners: MEC's Head Office. Originally published on the Sab Mag blog, click through to see the rest of this years...
The Zoetrope DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design
Are you adventurous and ready to increase your access to sustainable energy? This post is for you. The Zoeptrope is a vertical-axis wind turbine made from common materials. Many of the materials can be found at your local hardware store and the rest can purchased online or made at...