Urban densification / Guides

Ottawa Coach Houses with prefab modern tiny house kit homes are available here
Tiny house

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes & high-end tiny house kits

...Urban densification reduces urban sprawl and makes use of existing infrastructure and public transportation. Vancouver has been following this philosophy with their Laneway House program for many years, to great success. A denser urban core means reduced fuel consumption in commuting, less congestion, and more affordab...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...urban densification helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and urban sprawl. That translates directly into cleaner air, more green space, and a genuine step towards limiting the impact of urban centres on our severely troubled climate. The inherent space limitations of backyard construction in dense urban areas brings...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...urban densification and shifting demographics, to accessibility and affordable housing. I think about the smaller units we are building as a response to this change, and I find myself considering livability as an important factor in the design of multi-family units. Livability is difficult to characterize on the best...

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

...urban core and to provide high quality student accommodation, we incorporated a secondary suite on top of the garage. Site ecology: Existing trees were kept on the property wherever possible. Bushes, plants and flowers were salvaged, planted temporarily off site and were brought back after con...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...urban density. It means easier access to the services you use, and it justifies improvements and expansions of public transportation. Vancouver SkyTrain Efficient public transportation combined with the absence of a major automobile artery into the city centre has tipped the scale away from cars when it comes t...