Passive House Affordability Competes with Mainstream Construction by Sustainable

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.

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Laneway Suites in Toronto: An Overview by Sustainable

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.

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This College Now Runs On 100% Solar Energy by Sustainable

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

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Three Canadian Cities Commit to Net-Zero Buildings by Sustainable

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. 

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Thanks to New Tech, It’s Easier to Live Better Electrically by Lloyd Alter by Sustainable

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.

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This Study Shows That Urban Green Spaces Can Boost Mental Health by Sustainable

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. 

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Why the American Dream of owning a big home is way overrated, in one chart by Sustainable

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.

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Energy efficiency leads to job and GDP growth in Canada, new research shows by Sustainable

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. 

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