Architect / Guides

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...Architect-designed home, consider choosing a modern green prefab home with Architect pedigree and Certified performance instead - see here for inspiration . Balancing your new green home's budget is a compromise between funds, performance and "good basics" 4. Selecting a green Architect or home designer When ...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...Architect-designed range of six models in a variety of sizes can be configured from tiny house single bedroom homes to full-sized but eco-friendly 3 bedroom family homes - all with one huge difference compared to "standard" prefab houses - these are designed top to bottom as green eco homes with certified sustainable c...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...architecture Gabion walls in modern architect-designed homes Gabion walls are an integral part of the design of the ZEB Pilot House The ZEB Pilot house in Norway is a good example incorporating gabion stone cages in home design where they are used to build both interior and exterior walls. This single-famil...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...Architect designed prefabricated Passive House & LEED ready Kit Homes for Quebec, Ontario, New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire Prefab & Modular Construction growing substantially market report reveals How to design a home that uses less energy Future-proof building techniques for a changing clim...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...Architect: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design General contractor: Vaughan Construction Management Structural engineer: Blackwell Photography: Shai Gil The bright and airy contemporary living space The master bedroom bathed in light from the triple glazed windows To see more examples of beautiful Gree...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...Architects The design is a collaboration between De Waal Developments and Designex Consulting Owner Koen de Waal Landscape Architect De Waal Developments General Contractor De Waal Developments Photos Cooper and O’Hara Photography, Merle Prosofsky ...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...architect who recognizes the value of a moderately-sized home. Professionals with experience in compact design will avoid the inclusion of wasted and unused space, such as unnecessary hallways that eat up otherwise valuable space, or designing traditional entrances that people will rarely if ever use; those are home-de...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...architect at the Vancouver office of Perkins+Will. The way we live is changing. As both an architect and a resident of Vancouver, I am regularly confronted with how our cities are changing through urban densification and shifting demographics, to accessibility and affordable housing. I think about the smaller units w...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...Architect designed Zero Energy Ready Prefab Home for sale would still enable me to live a relatively minimalistic and sustainable lifestyle - but would also provide me with a decent investment and the room to entertain and grow my family in the future. I feel like this is where I’m most likely heading then - wish me lu...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...architect with William Dewson Architects, www.dewson.com. Farnham Avenue House is a single-family detached residential infill project. Some of the eco-friendly design aspects are time honoured such as, vertical ventilation and natural daylight shafts, dynamic cross ventilation, passive solar shading, and supe...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

In 1996, this off-grid house designed by architect Martin Liefhebber was one of two concept homes selected by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as part of their Healthy Housing Design Competition. What was to be built was a three-bedroom semi-detached home on a small lot in downtown Toronto, And bey...