Archive for the ‘Interior Finishing’ Category
Reno and addition make farmhouse a local destination
The Elliott Residence is a retrofit / addition to a 1930 farmhouse near Ottawa. Designed for durability, energy independence and carbon neutrality, it meets R-2000, ENERGY STAR and GreenHouse, is participating in the 1000 Home Challenge and is Certified LEED Gold. Situated on five acres, the flex design stresses home-based income and food security, accessibility, community and rural aging-in-place. The house is designed to be divided so half may serve as a caregiver suite, a rental unit, or a home-based business.
BY ROSS ELLIOTT
The 2015 Directory for Sustainable Products and Services
LEED categories noted for the products listed in the following pages are intended to show
how these products can potentially help a project earn LEED points
Occupants’ impact on building energy use continues to increase as building components and systems become more efficient. This source of uncertainty extends well beyond lights and plug loads, often including heating and cooling.
By Liam O’Brien
Even in the innovative and rapidly changing world of green building, some of the old ways and traditional materials are often the best. For thousands of years, natural clay and lime plasters have been used to create beautiful and long-lasting interior and exterior finishes. While these materials continue to be used extensively throughout the world, they have been largely replaced in North America by cement and acrylic stuccos.
By Peter McGee
This small live/work addition to a Montreal row house represents a highly personal response to some big questions. With environmental responsibility his highest priority, owner Mario Lafrenais, chose to build the project himself, in order to facilitate maximum use of reclaimed materials and alternative energy systems, something that would have been much more difficult within the constraints of conventional commercially-driven building delivery systems.
By Jim Taggart
Sustainable with or without LEED
As structural engineers, Fast + Epp have been involved in many leading edge sustainable design projects, working with architects such as Busby Perkins+Will, Hughes Condon Marler and KMBR. Some projects have scored high on the LEED rating system, while others have chosen not to pursue certification.
By Duane Palibroda
Better indoor air starts with choice of materialsBy Hugh Perry
As houses have become better built in recent years, with superior envelopes that are tighter against air leaks, indoor air quality has become more of a concern.
A how-to on greening the small office
by Jeff Ranson
Within the three billion square feet of office space in Canada are countless small offices - a class of space that has often been overlooked by the green building movement. The Sustainability Studio, located in downtown Toronto, is an attempt to address this issue.
Paints and Coatings
by Hugh Perry
The industry has revolutionized painting and coating products during the past 20 years and even more so recently. The move away from oil-based finishes to water-based has resulted in greater longevity, better coverage, less use of raw materials, the reintroduction of natural materials, and a safer environment for producers, painters and occupants. Certification agencies have sprouted globally to set achievable standards, verify technical advances and to communicate results to consumers.
Concerns for health and environmental impact are now balanced with aesthetics, and have created this driving force for change that is being met by manufacturers, suppliers and contractors. New technologies and associated terminology has resulted, along with growing interest in purely natural products and unconventional application methods. (more…)