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?
Passive House Canada and Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx), participated in the UNECE High Performance Building Initiative at UN Headquarters in New York to establish the International Centres of Excellence on High Performance Buildings.
A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute finds cost parity is nearly a reality in some locations in the U.S.
Friends, we're on the hunt for a rockstar Building Scientist to join the team.
This is a pre-certified Passive House on the road to Net-Zero located in Halifax. t is situated on a new street, with new houses, in a neighbourhood with code built basic construction, which makes it interesting for the community.
Energy-efficiency preferences from the 2018 CHBA study.
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Canada’s built environment is necessary to the reduction of Canada’s carbon footprint.
As wildfires and other natural disasters increase in size and frequency, the role architects play in fighting global warming becomes more critical by the day.
The results are in! Sustainable has won NOW Readers' Choice 'Best Design Firm' for the third year in a row.
A manifesto from a London activist looks pretty scary, but is a great place to start a discussion.
Clean air, safe water and well-protected lands and parks are the ingredients to a greater quality of life. In order to be more resilient to climate change, the government has released a plan that will identify specific areas of focus.
“At every point, from pilings to the roof, we went above and beyond code.”
Passive House (PH) is economically viable. The goal of building this PH within a code built community is to show how relatively inexpensive and economically competitive it can be with the house next door.
Last week’s IPCC report confirmed the urgency of tackling climate change and architects can help do so – but only if architecture schools integrate the appropriate training into their curriculums, writes student Scott McAulay
Last week we had the opportunity to show Cascadia Architects around one of our projects currently under construction, highlighting that a well-performing building can fit right into any neighbourhood.
October 5, 2018: Sustainable is pleased to be partnering with an animated short doc-in-progress about cycling pioneer Nora Young (who was recently inducted into the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame), called Undeniably Young: Nora Young and the Six-Day Race.
If you follow the news about Toronto’s municipal design guidelines and by-laws as avidly as we do here at Sustainable, you may have heard about some recent changes relating to Laneway Suites. We’re here with a primer on the new regulations and what they mean to you.
Please note that this post is meant as an overview of the new bylaw amendments. For details and comprehensive information, visit the City’s website or call Sustainable.
Here at Sustainable, we take pride in integrating sustainable choices and products into our daily routine. Learn about some of the brands we’ve decided to weave into our ever-evolving culture.
In its 51 years of operation, the Glad facility in Orangeville, Ont., has expanded from just making bags into conducting research on recycling and educating the public on composting
Nightingale Housing isn’t your typical, run of the mill, housing provider. Run by architects passionate about affordable and sustainable housing, it does not strive for big profit margins or quick gains.
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, 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.