This unique eco home was designed to reduce energy use

July 12, 2019 by  
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Located in Toronto, Canada, this eco home by Craig Race Architecture was built entirely with sustainability in mind. The 1,800-square-foot house was a passion project for the architect, who wanted to use the space to test high-performing methods for the outer elements that facilitate climate control within the house. The highlight of the home is its high-quality insulation . Superior insulation in a structure design can maintain a dry, hot or cold temperature inside by creating a barrier between exterior and interior environments. In the Curvy Eco Home’s case, a majority of the insulation was installed as a continuous, unbroken layer on the outside of the building, which greatly reduced the number of localized areas with low thermal resistance. Related: This family-friendly home is a beacon of modern energy-efficient design in Calgary In combination with the insulation, the home is also almost completely airtight. According to the architects’ energy modeling, they were able to reduce the heating energy in the home by 40 percent by using $1,500 worth of tape to ensure exceptional airtightness. Not only will this dramatically reduce the owner’s electricity bill, but the home itself will be much more comfortable no matter the season. A large amount of glass on the south side of the home allows for passive heating. To reduce energy needs, an in-floor radiant system was installed with separate thermostats for either side of the home. This way, when the passive heating is being utilized on the south side, the owner can turn off half the electric heat, maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout. There is an air conditioner in the house for the hottest days of summer; however, it rarely needs to be used thanks to the skylight purposely placed to move air in and out of the house for natural ventilation. The curvature in the exterior design of the home was intended to follow the same pattern as the street and to maximize space. All of the materials used for cladding are either recycled and/or sustainable, including the cedar shingles. The roof, side walls and south wall were made with standing-seam galvalume panels, which are long-lasting and maintenance-free. The panels are also untreated — meaning no toxic paint or coating — and can be recycled in the future. Inside, the eco home features a rather minimalist design. Each room benefits from a bright, airy atmosphere thanks to natural light, white walls and light wood accents. The kitchen boasts marble countertops and backsplash, while the bedrooms earn extra charm from exposed wood ceiling beams. + Craig Race Architecture Via ArchDaily Photography via Robert Watson via Craig Race Architecture

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It’s time to decide: clean your room or plant a tree

February 5, 2019 by  
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Are luxury and sustainability compatible? The Parq Vancouver complex in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia strives to have it all by balancing two luxury hotels, a casino and eight restaurants with LEED gold standards and a host of environmental initiatives, including the option to forgo one common hotel amenity in favor of a greener option. One of the Parq’s newer programs is a twist on skipping housekeeping in favor of an alternative reward, something becoming more popular among hotels . At the Parq , when a guest checks in for more than two nights, they can skip room cleaning and opt instead for either 500 bonus Marriott points per night or having a tree planted. That’s one tree for every two nights. If they stayed at the hotel long enough, soon they’d foster a small grove. Related: Meet the teen planting 150 trees for every person on Earth To personalize the tree planting program, the Parq allows guests to include their names or dedicate the seedling to somebody else. This information appears on a webpage showing a cartoon version of the forest, including where the tree is planted and to whom it’s dedicated. Workers plant the trees in the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area near Calgary, Alberta. Cutting down on hotel housekeeping is better for both the environment and the hotel’s operating costs. Less frequent washing of towels and bedding means decreased water usage and fewer chemicals dripping into sewers. “You get the benefit of not using cleaning chemicals in the rest of the room,” Jeanne Marie Varney, who teaches courses on sustainability at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, told the New York Times . “Not running vacuum cleaners saves energy .” The Parq, open since late 2017, also offers an unusual 30,000-square-foot park on its sixth floor, designed by landscape artist Christopher Phillips of PFS Studio. This elevated park combines an oxygen hit from more than 200 pine trees with dramatic views of Vancouver’s skyline. If that’s not enough green space , travelers can visit next door province Alberta to look for the tree that exists because they skipped room cleaning. The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area welcomes hikers and snowshoers. + Parq Vancouver Via New York Times Images via Heiko Stein

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Energy-efficient Guitar House embraces indoor-outdoor living in Calgary

August 15, 2018 by  
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Near downtown Calgary , the Guitar House is a compact modern home that celebrates music, family and the natural environment. Designed by local architecture practice Alloy Homes , the family residence emphasizes indoor-outdoor living with a natural materials palette and ample triple-glazed windows and doors that provide a seamless connection with the landscape. Its small footprint on a tight, urban site was also informed by the clients’ desires to preserve the property’s existing wild hops, which are regularly harvested by a local brewery. Completed in 2015, the Guitar House takes its name from the clients’ collection of guitars displayed in a custom storage wall. Since music is an important aspect of the owners’ lives, the house was designed around a family-oriented performance space at the heart of the property that takes the form of a light-filled open plan living room, kitchen and dining area. This dramatic great room opens up to the outdoors at both ends with a covered porch in the front and backyard terrace in the rear — these outdoor spaces help make the home inviting for neighbors to stop by and chat. A key element of the open-concept great room is a full-width custom entertainment unit with custom built-in storage . “It’s a bit of a jigsaw puzzle and can be reconfigured many ways depending upon the family’s requirements,” the architects wrote. The firm also made sure to meet the family’s need for plenty of outdoor gear storage. Related: An old, battered Calgary garage is transformed into a greenhouse To minimize the home’s energy footprint, the architects installed a high-efficiency HVAC system, large overhanging eaves, triple-glazed windows  and a highly efficient insulation. Natural light and cross ventilation are considered throughout the design. Moreover, the floor plan is highly flexible and can adapt to the family’s needs. + Alloy Homes Images via Alloy Homes Incorporated

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nArchitects New Zig-Zagging M2 Building Will be a Civic Landmark in Calgary

September 22, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of nArchitects New Zig-Zagging M2 Building Will be a Civic Landmark in Calgary Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bow River architecture , Calgary architecture , Canadian architecture , M2 East Village Calgary , mixed use building , nArchitects , new york architects , riverfront architecture , sloping roof

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An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

June 27, 2014 by  
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Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they decided to cover it with a corrugated polycarbonate transparent panel to transform it into a greenhouse . Suntuf was chosen because it’s guaranteed to withstand serious hail… and who ever said that roofs have to be opaque? They peeled off the old tar and rotten plywood, kept the preserved beams, added some purlins, and the polycarbonate panels went up in a single weekend. Fast forward to spring: The warm, light-filled garage was ideal for jumpstarting the short Canadian growing season with seeds and seedlings. Now it’s the full height of summer, and the mosquito-free greenhouse is full of tomato , cucumber, pepper, and basil plants; an ideal place for hanging out in with friends and cool beverages. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Calgary , diy greenhouse , Garage , garage transformation , garden , Gardening , green house , greenhouse , new garage , new greenhouse , seedlings , Urban Farming , urban food , urban gardening

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Students in Alberta Create a Sustainable Modular Home for Families in Remote Areas

July 3, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Students in Alberta Create a Sustainable Modular Home for Families in Remote Areas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alberta Calgary Team Solar Decathlon , Borealis Modular Solar Home , Canada Team Solar Decathlon , Mount Royal University , Solar Decathlon , solar decathlon 2013 , solar home , Solar Modular Home Canada , Sustainable Building , sustainable living , sustainable modular homes , University of Calgary , us department of energy , USDE Solar Decathlon        

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Foster + Partners’ Garden-Filled Bow Skyscraper Opens in Calgary

June 6, 2013 by  
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Santiago Calatrava’s Long-Awaited Peace Bridge to be Inaugurated in Calgary

March 22, 2012 by  
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Santiago Calatrava fans and locals who have been dying to see Calgary’s Peace Bridge come to life over the Bow River will be happy to know that the candy cane-colored helix structure’s inauguration will finally take place on Saturday, March 24th. Originally slated for completion in the Fall of 2010, the $24.5 million dollar project has been controversial since residents complained about the high expense. But now that it is complete, at least 1,500 cyclists and pedestrians are expected to use the magnificent, low-impact tubular bridge every day! Read the rest of Santiago Calatrava’s Long-Awaited Peace Bridge to be Inaugurated in Calgary Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bridge , Calgary , canada , candy cane-colored bridge , eco design , green design , helix design , low impact design , Peace Bridge , Peace Park , santiago calatrava , sustainable design

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Fisker Releases a Sketch of Its Nina Plug-In Hybrid Ahead of New York Auto Show Debut

March 22, 2012 by  
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Fisker Automotive just released a teaser sketch of its next model, the Fisker Nina plug-in hybrid , ahead of its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The teaser photo doesn’t provide a very clear view of what the new Fisker mid-size sedan plug-in hybrid will look like, but it will obviously borrow styling cues from the Karma. Read the rest of Fisker Releases a Sketch of Its Nina Plug-In Hybrid Ahead of New York Auto Show Debut Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 New York Auto Show , BMW , fisker , fisker karma , Fisker Nina , green transportation , plug-in hybrid

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If You Ever Find Yourself In Calgary, Check Out the Bike Bike Cycle Store

January 26, 2011 by  
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Mikeal at Copenhagenize has a nice write up about Bike Bike , a new cycle shop in Calgary, Alberta.

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