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.
Architecture 2030 issued a challenge for all industry of the urban built environment to make all new buildings, developments and major renovations carbon-neutral by 2030.
These affordable housing projects seek to do more than simply create decent spaces for living.
Over the next decade, $180 billion is earmarked for roads, bridges and other public projects. It’s a massive opportunity to cut emissions.
To more effectively combat climate change, it is past time that we rethink zoning – a pervasive regulatory instrument that affects every aspect of the built environment in cities around the world. Janna Levitt and Drew Adams explain.
The latest UN special report on climate change, released in October 2018, was bleak - perhaps unsurprisingly after a year of recording breaking temperatures, wildfires, floods, and storms.
The event will feature a set of key speakers discussing contemporary architectural and other industry issues in the context of advancing architecture beyond convention.
2018 was not a good year for carbon emissions into the Earth’s atmosphere. Global emissions were up nearly 3% from the previous year. Leading the pack was China, with the U.S. in second place.
Sustainability awards and standards touted by professional architecture organizations often stop at opening day, failing to take into account the day-to-day energy use of a building. With the current format unlikely to change, how can we rethink the way what sustainability means in architecture today?