• EQUITY IN ARCHITECTURE

    Hannah Spasov |

    EQUITY IN ARCHITECTURE

    2020 has been an upheaval where the presence of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the ever growing climate crisis have seeped

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  • PEEK INTO OUR OFFICE - THE NEW NORMAL

    Kim M. Degenkolb & Aisha M. Hassan |

    PEEK INTO OUR OFFICE - THE NEW NORMAL

    To say that this year has forced us to reexamine our habits would be an understatement. That said, both in our personal lives as well as in work, it has

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  • MODULAR DESIGN CAN BE SO MUCH MORE

    Kim-Marie Degenkolb |

    Modular Home

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  • THE SHIFTING FACE OF TORONTO’S LANEWAYS

    Kim-Marie Degenkolb |

    Laneway Housing

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  • Pembina Institute makes recommendations to rebuild Canada’s economy post-COVID-19

    External Author |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    A new paper from the Pembina Institute proposes four guiding principles and a suite of recommendations that support job maintenance and climate action in the buildings, electricity, transportation, and oil and gas sectors.

    According to the paper, as front-line and essential workers respond to COVID-19 and businesses retool to meet critical medical needs, long-term investments should be based on climate principles while putting workers first.

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  • Common Mistakes People Make When Planning A Renovation For Their New Home

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    Every homeowner aspires to have a home that is a reflection of themselves.

    Every homeowner aspires to have a home that is a reflection of themselves. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to get the house of your dreams from the get-go. If you'd like to upgrade your house or parts of it, a home renovation project could be the key to having the home you've always wanted.

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  • Could Toronto’s laneway homes create the character-filled streets of the future?

    External Author |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    They are not your granny’s flats. When Toronto approved the rules for building homes on the city’s more than 300 kilometres of laneways one year ago, the new housing was frequently described as secondary suites, a term that suggested the homes would be the above-ground equivalent of a basement apartment.

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  • Announcing the Spacing School of Urbanism workshops!

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    Spacing's School of Urbanism
    Day-long workshops on emerging trends

    Spacing magazine is proud to announce the launch of the Spacing School of Urbanism, four one-day city-building workshops that focus on an issue challenging the residents and urbanists of Toronto.

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  • Here Comes the Sun

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    Dreaming of a warmer Toronto? Kick off your summer right with our 2019 Laneway Block Party in the alley northwest of Queen & Ossington!

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  • Residential Construction Costs

    External Author |

    In the beginning, when you are starting to plan your budget for building a new house, residential construction costs are not that complicated unless you really want to make them that way. There are some general broad stroke pieces of information that if you know them, you will not be surprised when it comes time to plan your budget.

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  • Canada's building code is getting a climate change rewrite. Is your home ready?

    CBC News |

    Increased flooding, wildfires and storms mean tough new rules take effect in 2025

    Canada's Building Code is Getting a Climate Change Rewrite

    Evacuees from Fort McMurray, Alta., drive past wildfires in May 2016. As climate change intensifies, experts say, fires, flooding and wind storms will become more common, and Canada's building code needs to be updated to withstand the pressure. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

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  • Ford government cancels electricity conservation programs

    External Author |

    Ford Government Cancels Electricity Conservation Programs - 2

    The Ontario PCs have cancelled more than a dozen electricity conservation programs, including the Poolsaver program, which allowed pool owners who purchased energy-efficient pumps to receive rebates. (Galit Rodan/Canadian Press)

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  • How to Bring the Organic Modern Style Into Your Home

    Daniel Hall |

    How to Bring the Organic Modern Style into Your Home

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  • This Frank Lloyd Wright Home Is a Model of Universal Design

    External Author |

    This Frank Lloyd Wright Home is a Model of Universal Design

    Nearly 30 years after Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, accessible-design advocates say there’s still plenty of work to be done to make the built environment just as accommodating for people with disabilities as it is for everybody else. But Erick Mikiten, a California architect with a specialty in universal design, points out one striking example of accessible design from which homeowners, other pros and accessibility champions could learn a lot. And it predates the ADA by more than three decades.

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  • Just Draw it Up

    External Author |

    There is a request that I receive a few times a week that I thought I would finally talk about in an effort to shed some light on a fairly taboo subject. Those requests typically start off something like this:

    “I have already designed my house but since I am not an architect, I don’t know how to create the technical drawings I would need to give to a contractor. Is this something that you would do, and if so, how much do you charge?”

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  • Announcing the winners of the 2018 Greenest School in Canada competition

    CATHERINE PORTER |

    Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Greenest School in Canada Competition

    As part of World Green Building Week, CaGBC and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools are happy to announce the winners of the annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competitionLacombe Composite High School in Lacombe, AB, and Trinity College School in Port Hope, ON. Through solar arrays, geothermal greenhouses, urban beekeeping and decreasing natural gas consumption, these two schools are exemplary demonstrations of sustainable learning environments.

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  • TimberFever Announces Winners!

    CATHERINE PORTER |

    For the second year in a row, Architect Daniel Hall and The Architect Builders Collaborative were thrilled to assist with the Timber Fever wood design and engineering student competition. Daniel mentored several teams of keen engineering and architecture students from across the country as they worked on their one-day water station project. Check out thie post from the founder of TimberFever, David Moses Engineering…..

    Timberfever Announces Winners

    The results are in from the fourth annual #TimberFever Design-Build Competition presented by Moses Structural Engineers!

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  • Zero-Energy Buildings for All

    External Author |

    Buildings need renewables—but we need to look beyond the site.

    No man is an island, and neither is a building.

    And yet there is increasing movement for buildings to reach net-zero energy (NZE) or net-zero carbon (NZC). Architecture 2030 wants all buildings there by 2030.

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  • Busted! Don’t Believe These Myths about Green Designing!

    CATHERINE PORTER |

    Don’t Believe These Myths About Green Designing

    Global warming is a reality that we are faced with, but we can still all play a role in protecting the environment. People across the country are growing increasingly aware of their role in reducing their carbon footprint. Due to this, many people now choose green design to construct their homes.

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  • What Our Customers are Saying About Us

    Daniel Hall |

    What Our Customers Are Saying About The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc.

    At The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc., we’re proud of the work that we do. But, instead of telling you why our customers love us, we’ll let them do the talking! Here’s what some of our customers are saying about us lately

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