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15 Indoor Plants to Improve Air Quality

While the first day of Spring is only 17 days away, we can all agree that this harsh and cold winter may not submit as easily to Spring as we would all like. This current winter has been quite a tumultuous season. As AccuWeather has highlighted, the average snowfall for the 2013-14 winter season has […]

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Architectural Designs Going Green

Stories like the unveiling of the Telus Sky Tower building in Calgary demonstrates how architectural design and environmental ideals can collaborate to create great things. The Sky Tower will be completed in 2017 and is designated as a mixed-use building that will provide office spaces on the lower levels, and as the architectural design tapers […]

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Mars Opens its Doors to Torontonians

The next building in our Doors Open Toronto tour (May 25-26th) is the MaRS Centre. Formally known as the MaRS Discovery District, it is situated in the heart of Toronto, amid Canada’s leading teaching hospitals and three major universities. It is a space for entrepreneurs and innovators to foster ideas. With all of this in […]

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Doors Open to Reducing Our Ecological Footprint….

Throughout the year, but especially in the coming summer and fall months, Ontario communities host Doors Open events that allow folks to explore normally hidden away cultural architectural gems within their community. During Doors Open days, buildings that are normally closed to the public or charge an entrance fee, allow visitors to come in and […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Halton Hills Day 3: Heritage and Sustainability together at Devereaux House

In addition to having such a strong connection to their natural heritage, the people of Halton Hills are also fortunate to have an abundance of cultural heritage in their town as well.  One of the best examples of where that cultural heritage has been preserved and updated for the enjoyment of future generations is the […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Mississauga Day 3: Fire Fighting Goes green

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I have written about Fire Stations before, and with good reason. They’re in every single municipality, they’re occupied more than normal municipal buildings, and they have the potential to incorporate significant water, energy and money saving design features. In Mississauga, the City has taken the idea […]

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Union Gas Goes Gold with Burlington Regional Centre

Natural Gas is often seen as a more environmentally friendly source of heat, and with good reason.  Natural Gas produces 28% less CO2 per BTU (British Thermal Unit) than oil, and 44% less CO2 than coal.  In addition to releasing less CO2, Natural Gas also produces far lower emissions of sulfur and nitrogen dioxides, particulate […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Burlington Day 2: Green Buildings

After my ride in, it was time to park my two-wheeled companion at one of City Hall’s secure bike lockers and get out to take a look at some of the Green Buildings in the community.  It seems like Green Building features are really starting to gain traction all over the GTHA, and with good […]

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What does a “Green” House Look Like?

Odds are, when you hear talk of a house that has a minimal impact on the environment, you think of something like this: The truth of the matter is that sustainability doesn’t have to mean buying a straw-insulated, moss-roofed, windowless shack.  In fact, you CAN have something that is both environmentally sustainable and big enough […]

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