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A re-think will get us there
In 2011, for the first time in nearly a century, the rate of urban population growth outpaced suburban growth, reversing a trend that began with the invention of the automobile. In metropolitan areas, the majority of construction activity has now shifted to what planners call the “urban core” while the demand for large single family homes in the suburbs is declining. One might reasonably ask “How does this shift affect suburban areas?”
By Dermot Sweeny
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Welcome to the first installment in a new series of SABMag interviews of people involved in things sustainable.
By Don Grifftih, SABMag and ecoHouse Canada Editor
Many homeowners are already reducing their water consumption having retrofitted their home with water-conserving plumbing fixtures. They have accepted the soft touch of new showerheads over the powerful needle spray, and they are familiar with automatic-eye hand washing, dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals.
By Hugh Perry
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
The growing pressure being placed on energy supply as a result of increasing global energy demand is one of the key challenges that we face and will continue to face. Efforts are under way to find new and improved methods to supply this energy, yet one of the key solutions is to use less energy in the first place. Designing buildings to respond to the climate within which they are located, is one of the most important ways of achieving this aim.
By Johan Bothma, Don Crockett and Jeanette Southwood
Daylight harvesting in architecture is a complicated task as the most prominent characteristic of daylight is its variability. There are many methods of estimating how daylight will benefit spaces but too often the potential for glare is not properly addressed during design. This is especially prevalent in office space environments. A far too common scene is an office space with paper or foil taped to the glazing to keep glare sources from disturbing occupants. This article outlines what glare is, how it can be measured, when it is critical to analyze the potential for glare, and solutions to both keep occupants comfortable and at the same time optimize daylight harvesting throughout the year.
By David Mead