Archive for the ‘Site & Landscaping’ Category

Sustainability: the story from here

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

In this second of two articles on emerging architectural practices across the country, we look at the work of KANVA in Montreal, and Acre Architects in Saint John. Both practices look to the history, culture and social fabric of existing communities as the roots from which new urban narratives can emerge. The future is fiction, and it is inspiration and participation that will enable us to weave these narratives into a new reality that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

By Jim Taggart, Editor

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Interview with Rodney Wilts

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Rodney Wilts, a partner at Windmill Development Group, has a big role to play in the coming years as he helps to guide Zibi [meaning river in Algonquin, www.zibi.ca], one of the most significant brownfield redevelopments anywhere by Windmill and by Dream Unlimited Corp. The $1.2 billion project on the Ottawa River, between Ottawa and Gatineau, will refurbish the Domtar industrial buildings and add new residential, commercial and public space.

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The 2016 Canadian Directory of Products and Services for High-Performance Building

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Visit the Directory online for Listings organized by Product Category and by LEED Category

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Sustainable Suburbs

Monday, September 14th, 2015

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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The Annual Directory for Sustainable Products and Services

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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

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The annual guide of products and services for sustainably-designed projects

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Visit the Directory online for the following features:
- Listings organized by Product Category and by LEED Category
- Search engine to locate listings faster

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Interview with: MiriamTurner

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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

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SAB HOMES 7 - Rain water harvesting

Monday, January 9th, 2012

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

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SAB HOMES 7 - Home and Studio for an Urban Monk

Monday, January 9th, 2012

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

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Siting a building for human comfort

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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

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