A carbon offset is a credit for greenhouse gas reductions achieved by one party that can be purchased and used to compensate (offset) the emissions of another party.
Over the course of a month, Sustainable was able to participate in engaging and training youth in basic architectural principles with the purpose of creating a community- led design of a kiosk and information board in the heart of the Lawrence Heights community.
It’s a baked-in reality of the way we live our lives, build our homes, and set up our communities: Just about everything we do produces carbon emissions that are warming the atmosphere and causing climate change.
At first glance, green roofs are spectacular and bewildering. A roof is an odd place to have plants and shrubs happily growing in the sun. However, it actually makes a lot of sense.
I never thought that the biggest challenge during my first week of work in Canada would be dealing with a cat. His name is Nero, he is the office cat and, of course, he was used to sleeping on that my empty desk until I took it.
The federal government is investing $2.4 million to test the system for the country
By Paul Dowsett, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP
Principal Architect — Sustainable. Architecture for a Healthy Planet.
“… in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media.”
George Monbiot’s book Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning, published in 2006, accepts mankind’s role as the main contributor to climate change. He discusses the need for immediate and drastic cuts to carbon emissions of at least 80% by 2030 in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change.
Energy inefficient condos and office towers are the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, but hey, developers love them.
The business case for sustainability.
“Models make the connection between material and construction at a smaller scale. It can greatly impact the overall result of the design by enabling experimentation with how the materials work together at a fraction of the price and scale.”
Forests are the most powerful and efficient carbon-capture system on the planet
Green or sustainable construction is estimated to make up one-third of single-family and multifamily home construction, and that number will likely increase to roughly 50 percent by 2022.
In this series of blog posts, we answer Frequently Asked Questions, offer helpful tips and advice when it comes to how your home works – and doesn’t work! – and how methods employed by Sustainable can get you the most efficient, comfortable, and healthiest home for you and your family.
Some people may wonder why designers still make hand sketches now that we have powerful software and computers that can represent any unimaginable shape with high precision and air-brushed realism. Well, hand-drawing matters, it is an indispensable component in the creation process.
A study conducted by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) found that these types of structures aren’t just eco-friendly, They’re also good financial investments.
Architect and Ryerson professor Cheryl Atkinson has prototyped a net-zero housing unit—one that also addresses the growing challenge of housing affordability. She spoke about the prototype in our event last week, “Innovations in Housing Affordability.”
Architects are often noted for having bad work-life balance, a lot of stress and little free time. How can you take time off while still improving your skills as an architect?
The complexity, reach, and negative effects of natural and human-caused disruptions have reached an all-time high. With no quick way to predict or avoid such problems, the best solution for every community is to join forces and work together to future-proof our world.
At Sustainable, we strive to lower our buildings’ environmental impacts, and we want to share that with you!
The Greenbelt faces pressure and stress from development and expansion of the ‘Golden Horseshoe’ as the population increases.
There was a time when this word was valuable and in vogue, but it has fast evolved into an overused buzzword.
After more than three decades of talk about the potential of building green, we’ve still failed to change the way we design and construct buildings so that the built environment stops being a dominant contributor to runaway climate change.
The costs of the status quo keep rising; the costs of sustainable alternatives keep declining.