Yearly Archives: 2012

Fifthshire Homes

The Sultan of Steel Even after decades of award winning projects under his belt, Joe Vella doesn't easily relax. He is in a hurry. He has site visits to complete, estimates....

Slow Down, Breathe Deeply, Build to Live: Martin Liefhebber

Sitting down with Toronto architect Martin Liefhebber to discuss his work and his outlook on sustainability, I find myself imagining the occupant of a building as one of its material....

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Let Mother Nature In

Light. Air. Earth. Sun. Water.  Harmony. At the celebration to mark the unveiling of 27 Farnham Avenue in Toronto, soft-spoken Architect William Dewson made a respectful speech, thanking the owner, the....

Acoustical challenges in green buildings

Post occupancy evaluations reveal that the acoustics in sustainable commercial interiors are typically worse than that of their traditional counterparts, a deficiency the United States Green Building Council is attempting....

Installing a House

During winter on January 25, 2012, Nexterra Green Homes installed a house in North York, Ontario in just one afternoon and evening. That's right, 'installed' rather than 'built.'  It was....

Rebel With a Cause

Hurtling Toward Tomorrow Nothing is slowing him down. He may be in his late sixties but after 43 years in business, George Gronwall is still leading Applewood Air Conditioning into the....

Passive-Aggressive Home Building

There are no photovoltaic panels on the roof. There are no solar thermal panels either. But the house on the hill near Black Bank, Ontario is designed to use the....

Enbridge as a Leader in Sustainable Initiatives – Launching the Savings by Design Program

As a leader in energy efficiency, Enbridge Gas Distribution is one of the largest North American gas companies reaching over 1.9 million customers each year. It is through this leadership....

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