Posts Tagged ‘Low-maintenance’

Killbear Park Interpretive Centre

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Bold form reflects site’s rugged terrain and environmental stewardship

View of the west elevation shows how the building perches on the rock ledge. An overhang at the south-west corner [right in photo] and interior sun shades mitigate solar heat gain
by Gordon Stratford
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Shifting, sloping and canting, the Killbear Provincial Park Visitor Centre pays homage to its site, a windswept outcropping of the Canadian Shield, its granite bedrock exposed by the glaciers at the end of the last ice age. (more…)


miniHome - Suburban Infill

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Prefabrication, compact interior quality proposes new way of living

Distinctive cladding consists of corrugated galvanized steel and Prodema wood panels.
by Jim Taggart
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In spite of increased urbanization, the average size of single family houses in North America has more than doubled in the last 50 years, while the size of the average family has decreased. Given the intermittent use of most rooms in the home, this represents a highly inefficient use of land, materials and resources. (more…)


Heritage Woods Secondary School

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Trail breaker a LEED Silver first

The school is remarkable for its quality of light, with large areas of south facing glazing bringing high levels of daylight into classroom areas
by Witmar Abele

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Empowered by the client’s mandate to build a “green” school, the design team pushed the envelope well beyond energy-efficient design, and set out to create a healthy, user-friendly learning environment that effectively facilitates the learning process in the true spirit of sustainability - all within the standard budget for school construction. (more…)