Issue 04 - Fall 2010
East Hill Infill
Simplicity, adaptability delivers more space and efficient footprint
This infill project in Vernon, BC replaces a neglected 1950s era single-family home with a duplex that that affects a five-fold increase in conditioned floor area from the original 1,100sf, yet increases site coverage by little more than half that figure. It is one of the few houses in Canada to achieve the highest possible rating, LEED Platinum, from the Canada Green Building Council.
Passive solar design, low-impact materials make award winner
Situated in Toronto’s Forest Hill, an old established neighbourhood of imposing, yet reserved residential architecture, the Cascade House disarms, with its bold rectangular forms and its striking material palette of green glass and dark slate.
WATER CONSERVATION BEGINS AT HOME
Low-flow fixtures, and water reuse reduce the drain on fresh-water
Environment Canada reports that municipal water distribution systems leak up to 25% of the water that passes through them. While our aging infrastructure continues to weaken, the University of Victoria reports that Canada’s overall water consumption has increased by 26.7% since 1980.
RADIANT FLOOR HEATING
Comfort, versatility … and even savings
Whether renovating or building new, RFH – Radiant Floor Heating - can offer comfort, savings and versatility. Since our feet sense the warmth from the floor first, making the rest of our body comfortable from the bottom up, the method of radiating heat upward and evenly from the floor throughout a room can actually save on the heating bill.
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