Europe is saying goodbye to halogen lightbulbs this fall. Starting on September 1, the bulbs will be banned across all European Union countries, in an effort to get consumers to switch to LED.
Your company can lead the way and put the environment first. Here are four principles for prioritizing sustainability.
In late August, TBG in partnership with Sustainable.TO, will offer a special session of Green Explorers Camp, a nature-based, experiential program designed to inspire sustainable choices in kids.
In the move towards running on solar power, more businesses and residential homes are exploring how to make green energy work for them. Colleges and universities are getting on board, too. Recently, for example, Hampshire College became the first residential college in the United States to run on 100 percent solar electricity.
Three Canadian mayors, alongside 16 mayors from around the world, representing 130 million urban citizens, have committed to significantly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their cities by ensuring new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030.
From heat pumps to induction, it has never been easier to give up gas.
Lately our mantra has been Electrify Everything! but at the Alter residence, we do almost everything, including cooking, with gas.
You might’ve noticed that you feel calmer, even happier, when you’re walking through a lush park or forest. This is no coincidence — spending time in nature has been linked to multiple mental health benefits, including stress relief and a better sense of well-being.
From 1978 through 2015, the median size of the single-family home increased every year until it peaked at 2,467 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Then, in 2016, that number began to shrink, albeit ever so slightly.
Sometimes complex issues require surprisingly simple solutions. When it comes to tackling climate change, burning fewer fossil fuels through more energy efficient buildings is one straightforward way to rein in carbon emissions.
This article is the second of a three-part series which considers the notion and necessitation of positive-impact developments in relation to Ontario’s Greenbelt. (For necessary context we recommend you read Part One.)
“Globally, labor-productivity growth in construction has averaged only one percent a year over the past two decades, compared with growth of 2.8 percent for the total world economy and 3.6 percent in the case of manufacturing.”
It’s been a busy summer for the crew at Sustainable.TO. Here are a few events we’ve sponsored so far in our community.
The environmental crisis is perhaps the most urgent architectural issue of today. In Canada, buildings are responsible for enormous amounts of energy used, resources consumed, and atmospheric emissions.
Say “prefabricated” or “modular” housing and you might think of small, rectangular homes built in a factory and hauled down the highway on massive trailers. However, that isn’t the tip of the iceberg of what these terms mean today.
This is the first a three-part series that will consider alternatives to the way many contractors approach a home building project. We start by examining the three major factors that might impact the way Canadian homes will be built in the near future.
Let’s start with one thing. I love coffee. Not much compares to the first sip in the morning. Except maybe the first sip at 2:30 in the afternoon.
The HomeStars Giving Back Award was created to recognize companies who go above and beyond to help out their communities.
Several years ago, I worked in some of Toronto’s most innovative kitchens. Certainly, in my youth, I was captivated by the culinary arts and have since wondered how it informed my interest and subsequent career in architecture.
Welcome to the Sustainability 101 educational blog series! In our blog today, we will be focusing on Natural Ventilation.
Welcome to the Sustainability 101 educational blog series! Our blog today will dive into efficient Water Use.
This is the Sustainability 101 educational blog series! Our blog this month will be about Renewable Energy.
This is the Building Blog educational blog series! Our blog today will be about Grey Water: what is it and how can it benefit your project?
This is the Sustainability 101 educational blog series! Our blog today will be about Building Materials.
This is the Sustainability 101 educational blog series! Our blog today will be about the Building Shell.
This is the Sustainability 101 educational blog series! Our blog today will focus on Passive Solar Design.
Welcome to the Sustainability 101 educational blog series! During this blog series we will be discussing topics related to sustainable design in buildings, what they are and how they comprise part of our design philosophy.
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.
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.
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).
The owners of what would become Willowdale Passive Solar House had a poorly built, leaky, drippy, mouldy home that needed to be torn down. We normally try to salvage stuff and avoid landfill, but there was truly nothing of value here.