I had the pleasure of attending parts 1 & 2 of Dr. Guido Wimmers’ training in Passive House design. It was easily one of the best courses I’ve taken, anywhere, and deepened my insight into how to create a truly resilient home. [Read more…]
Archives for January 2014
A new report has been issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. At a press conference, the IPCC chair, Rajendra Pachauri, said “If the world doesn’t do anything about mitigating the emissions of greenhouse gases and the extent of climate change continues to increase, then the very social stability of human systems could be at stake.” We couldn’t agree more. [Read more…]
As part of our ongoing series about “circles of care”, let’s ask ourselves this: how do we best consider our place in a national community when we build?
This continent has long been inhabited by humans – some evidence suggests 50,000 years – with 40,000 properties registered as sites of cultural importance under BC’s Heritage Conservation Act. In such areas, an archaeological assessment must be done and any artefacts removed before doing any building. [Read more…]
A little while ago I posted about circles of care, and how we can widen the concept of “home”. How do we meet the challenge of caring for ourselves, our communities, and beyond in the design and construction of our homes?
I’ve been thinking about other places where we’ve drawn the line too close to ourselves and pursued a self-interest that may eventually come back to bite us. How and where we live and build our homes has an ultimate impact everywhere — socially, economically, and environmentally. The choices that we make, from buying a brand of cereal to building a home, matter in ways that we may not comprehend in the moment. Whether or not we know it, we exercise a lot of power as individuals and as a society. [Read more…]