Building Blog #2 - What is Shou-Sugi Ban…and Why Should I Care? by Michael Mazurkiewicz

Shou-Sugi Ban is a Japanese cladding technique that preserves wood (making it resistant to fire, vermin, and decay) by first charring it, then cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with natural oil. We have used this technique on our very own METHOD.TO test shed, charring the wood ourselves; but for other projects in Toronto we have left the fun to the professionals.

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So You Want to Be an Architect... by Michael Mazurkiewicz

Everyone knows that law students write the bar exam to becomes lawyers. Medical students take on months of residency to become doctors. But how does an architect become licensed? Few people are familiar with the ExAC (Examination for Architects in Canada), which is a grueling, 2-day, 4-part exam held once a year in November.

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Building Blog #1 - What’s the deal with ERVs? by Michael Mazurkiewicz

An ERV is an Energy Recovery Ventilator. Its little brother is an HRV, or Heat Recovery Ventilator. Either is needed when building a new, energy-efficient, airtight home (or renovating your current home) to ensure that you have fresh indoor air without unnecessarily losing heat through your building envelope (your walls, roofs, floors; and around windows and doors).

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