Concept, design and architecture

Concept, design and architecture

Resilient design features for new home construction

Design ideas and home-durability measures to help families and homes withstand a changing climate.

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Concept, design and architecture

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating

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Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort and convenience

Intelligent home devices allow you to control your home remotely, and send you notices of problems

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Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it.

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Tiny house

The best tiny house we've seen so far

DIY tiny houses move to the next level as an architecture student introduces digital design and fabrication into the mix.

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Under bed storage
Concept, design and architecture

Storage ideas for small spaces

Design and furnishing ideas to make the best use of empty spaces in a home.

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Ottawa Coach House
Tiny house

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes

Tiny houses, accessory dwelling units, coach homes; whatever you like to call them, we will soon see them popping up in Ottawa back yards.

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Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

Dense materials hold more heat than light fluffy stuff does. This can work for or against you.

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Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

When a substance melts or solidifies, it absorbs or releases energy. Materials that do that at room temperature can help regulate temperatures in homes.

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Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

Just as a regular battery stores electrical energy, a thermal battery stores heat. Solar heat can be collected, stored and distributed later as needed.

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Professional services

Balanced insulation levels in a home
Efficient home design

Balanced insulation: putting it where it does the most good

Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation means applying your insulation dollars where they are...

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