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A blog about all things rural and agritourism related

Are Triple Pane Windows Worth it?

In this video, I show you practically how the triple pane windows are performing in my “pretty good house” (near passive). Using simple visual (but perhaps not completely accurate) tools, I can not only tell you numbers but show you some of the differences.

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A Complete Guide to Site Plan Approval

What is Site Plan Control, and how to navigate your agritourism project through it smoothly? Master planning an on-farm winery with a restaurant. Co-credit South2010 architects. You may have heard your municipality mention Site Plan Approval when you go to them with a building permit or agritourism request. And you are probably wondering what the […]

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Top 4 Features To Consider For Your Passive House

What are the details and considerations that make a passive house or high-performance house different than a typical building? In our previous article, What is the Passive House building standard, we introduce you to the program and outline how it differs from building codes and other programs. In this article, we dive a little deeper […]

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A Quick Guide to Understanding Passive House

Most people associate passive house, high performance, and net zero with energy goals for your building. But Passive House buildings are so much more! By following the building standard, you can create a higher quality space that focuses on occupant well-being and comfort and many more non-quantifiable benefits.  This passive house near Goderich is currently […]

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What Is the Passive House building standard?

And what is the difference between passive house, net zero, and building codes? What is a passive house all about? is a question we hear often. In this article, we explain the programs and standards (like Passive House, LEED, Net Zero, Energy Star, etc.) that are out there for high-performance building and construction. All these […]

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Passive House Features: Free Heating!

Its -25 outside and the furnace in a passive house probably isn’t running! How is that possible? Careful thought at the very beginning of building design and some free heat from the sun!

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“Do you do Permit Drawings?”

This is a question I get asked a lot. Of course I do permit drawings; its a necessary part of the design/building process, but as an architect I can do so much more for your project! A lot of decisions need to be made before arriving at a set of permit drawings, even if you […]

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Baby, its warm inside! Cost-effective insulation

Baby it’s warm inside! Cost effective insulation

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to LEED® or not to LEED®…

…that is the question I get all the time. But first, what is LEED®. LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a process of third part certification that determines the energy performance of your building. Based on a scoring system you can achieve a number of different levels; just certified (40-49 […]

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Farmer meet Building Code, Building Code, this is Farmer…

I can just image how the conversation would go after that introduction…Farmer; “why do I need to put a sprinkler system, fire alarm, washrooms, in my building? its just a barn! With all this red tape and regulation your going to put me out of business!!” Building Code; “The requirements are a health and safety […]

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