Learning About Solar

I had the opportunity to attend an event last week, hosted by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta at SAIT. I learned a lot and it was completely free! They are a great resource if you are at all interested in solar. (And you should be! Now is a great time to invest in Alberta, the Government of Alberta and …

Rescuing Windows, Doors and Floors

In our ongoing Sharland House restoration, identified early were a few building components that we would need to replace. Since we are removing a house next door, built in the same year, it makes sense to see what items could be rescued and reused; it is green and a nice way to divert materials from the landfill, it is more …

Initial Sitework at the Sharland

It has begun! There will be more to follow about the exciting project we’ve been working on with Cube Development, but for now Block is very excited to be on site and take a hands on role in some of the initial site prep. Step 1 has been to clear out three houses (two slated for removal and one for …

Alberta Energy… in the News!

While perusing the local CBC news I found two great articles that highlight the effect our building choices have on the environment. The first, “Alberta Households Emit Most Greenhouse Gas in the Country,” was less than uplifting. (It can be found here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/household-emissions-study-1.3697959). While we have a cold climate to deal with, our province has one of the highest solar …

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Window Properties for Noisy, Hot Summers (Part 1. Solar Heat Gain)

A friend was recently complaining about her windows, describing how warm her place had been with this hot summer weather, as well as how noisy, as she lives on a main street, full of loud motorcycles and chatty late night bar go-ers taking advantage of the warm evenings. She asked if replacing her double pane windows with triple pane would …