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Glenn Harley is a builder of energy efficient homes in Canterbury. After being attracted to the natural, healthy feel of strawbale construction, Glenn now produces high performance homes with lots of insulation and airtight envelopes. Among his recent achievements is building Christchurch's first Passive House. Glenn points to the cost of materials, particularly because monopolies ... [Read more]

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In the town of Invermere, about 3 hours west of Calgary in British Columbia, there's a workshop where high performance, energy efficient homes are constructed all year round, regardless of the weather. The workshop is home to Collective Carpentry, a small but inspiring building company doing great things. When first got in touch, I immediately ... [Read more]

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Graham Hunt goes into a lot of detail when researching the local climate that will impact the comfort of a home. Designing for your climate includes an analysis of both the macro - the temperature, rainfall and humidity of the region, but also the micro - the local wind, shading and exposure of a particular site. ... [Read more]

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  Who's the most influential person in a real estate development? The architect, the owner, the builder...? What about the developer? Real estate developers are often seen as the bad guys, out to make a bunch of money without really caring about the quality of homes or lifestyles resulting from their work. Steve Glenn's philosophy ... [Read more]

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Angus Crowe of True North Architects believes that you definitely can afford an architect. In fact, you can't afford not to have one. The tropics might seem a world away from very cold climates, but these regions do share one trait - they both required good design in order to achieve a comfortable, healthy home. ... [Read more]

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