ECOHOUSE CANADA - Winter  2013

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Green Building Programs

Which one is right for you?

‘Green Building’ is red hot right now and it will only get hotter. Everyone’s talking about it. It’s in every newspaper and on every home improvement show, but if you have never built anything green before you may be wondering where to start and what guidelines to follow.    Read More

 

MAKING SPACE FOR SOLAR PANELS

Common misconceptions
about solar panels

Each question poses obstacles for carrying through on a solar project. Understanding the basic principles will help when making your own evaluation on how to proceed and in understanding your consultant’s advice. read more

 

HOUSE + LANEWAY HOUSE


Simple, functional and affordable

Embarking on this project the primary challenge was to design two homes [a main home and a smaller laneway home] on a 40’x86’ corner lot just off of a busy commercial corridor. Adding to the complexity of the project is the high cost of construction in Vancouver, and the client’s desire for an affordable, green and contemporary home.  read more

 

DISCOVERY 5 NET-ZERO HOUSE

A model for future living

The Discovery 5 home [D5], built in conjunction with Holmes Approved Homes, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology [SAIT] Polytechnic and Avalon Master Builder, is a custom designed, infill Net Zero home located in the Calgary community of Altadore.  read more

2012 CANADIAN GREEN BUILDING AWARDS WINNERS

Residential winning projects

Two winning housing projects from the 2012 Canadian Green Building Awards squeeze
great space from small building footprints.   read more

 

 

 

 

 

100 MILE HOUSE

House designs built using only local materials

The Architecture Foundation of BC 100 Mile
House Competition, held in Spring, 2012, invited participants to explore, rethink, question and experiment with new ideas that challenge the concept of the regional house, and the way we live, by designing a maximum 1,200sf house for four people on a hypothetical, corner site of 33’x120’, and using only materials and systems made/manufactured/recycled within 100 miles of Vancouver.
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GOING GREEN IN THE KITCHEN

Price comparison of better alternatives

In an effort to go green and improve the air quality of your home, ask your cabinetmaker to price different materials that will help achieve that goal. The results for your health will be great, and the price probably won’t be as bad as you think.   read more

BUILDING WITH ICFs

Proved technology offers
significant benefits

The construction industry is greatly influenced by the constant increase in energy prices and the demand for environmental compliance. To remain competitive, industry professionals are always working hard to introduce innovative
ideas. As the demand grows for more sustainable working and living spaces, so does the need for construction technologies that can streamline the building process, reduce costs and maintain quality.
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