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

    CATHERINE PORTER |

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    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…..

    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

    Daniel Hall |

    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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  • Announcing The New Website

    Daniel Hall |

    We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website!

    Our new website provides our existing and prospective clients a simple yet interactive view of our work and the services we offer.

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  • Green Energy Doors Open Virtual Tour of 289 Willow Ave

    Daniel Hall |

    This is the one stop shop for more information about the stations you saw during the tour of 289 Willow at Green Energy Doors Open. Below is each part of the project explained in more detail as well as relevant product and manufacturer links. The content corresponds to the lettered stations from the tour.

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  • New Website Under Construction

    Daniel Hall |

    New Website Coming Soon!

    We are currently revamping our website. Our new website will be interactive and mobile friendly!

    Watch this space for updates. Just few more weeks to go!

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  • This House is Fossil Fuel Free – Pt 1

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    Nothing says Toronto like this house, right? It’s a pretty typical brick semi-detached with a bay window and a front porch. You see these everywhere from the East to the West. This one is different. This one does not use fossil fuels.

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  • Update your Ikea Sofa -don’t curb it!

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    Chances are you’ve seen this sofa. The Ikea Ektorp is super popular. It basically looks like the cartoon shape of a sofa. Families all over the city have them in various states of wear. The renovation process isn’t really over when we archive the project and wrap up our final punch list for the contractor. Once we finish, it’s time to furnish and display. At this stage the budget might be burnt out and the clients may well be suffering from decision fatigue. The old Ektorp gets moved back in to the new space and surprise, it looks totally out of place in the upgraded interior.

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  • New Project Up Soon!

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    This week we wrapped up a project that has been under construction since April. This moderate renovation to a semi detached home in the beaches was really fun to work on because our clients were great design collaborators.

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  • The Mind of an Architect

    Daniel Hall |

    One of the best parts about drafting is that while using part of the brain to draw and operate the software, there is enough capacity left over to listen to music or even better, a podcast. My favourite architecture podcast is 99% invisible which is narrated by Roman Mars and his epically soothing voice along with various other [equally pleasant voiced] members of his creative team. Actually, 99% invisible is similar to listening to CBC radio in that compared to other radio stations or podcasts everyone sounds really clear and expertly recorded.

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  • Hardwood Floors

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    Choosing the right hardwood floor for your house is one of the most effective ways to define your space, but there’s much more to hardwoods than how they look in brochures. Wood species, plank sizes and finishes are just a few elements that effect the behavior, look and feel of your floors.

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  • Kitchen Design

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    You’ve decided to renovate and know you want a great new Kitchen

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  • Tree Removal Permits

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    Living in a city that is full of healthy trees is important for everyone and Toronto is working to protect and grow our urban forest, keeping our trees healthy and our city green and beautiful. As your trees grow and change they’re likely to need some work, but before you adjust an established tree permits are required. Here are the need-to-know procedures and the need-to-have forms.

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  • Basic Tile is Great

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    We are lucky to live in a city full of tiles from all over the world -not to mention many great outlet stores. However, classic tile shapes and colours are commonly chosen for their understated aesthetic and low cost. Some of our favourites are squares, rectangles, and hexagons. Basic tile is great for playing with colour and patterning. Let me show you the pleasure of basic tiles.

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