Bee Hives: Hobbyists in your Building

I was reading some blogs about what strata councils do about habits and hobbies of neighbours in certain buildings, and I came across an interesting article about a man with tending honey bees as his interest. If you were to complain about your neighbour doing this for fun, what could the strata do for you?…

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How to Cut Costs and CO2 Emissions on the Road

The worst part of being stuck in traffic is not always being stuck in traffic. You can always distract yourself. If a train is in your way, you could ramp up your radio. Car-aoke can be so much fun. No, the worst part about being stuck in traffic is imagining your gas slowly spewing out…

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Giving Your Strata a Little Slack

We’ve all been there. You see something wrong with your building –whether it’s a crack on the ceiling, a stove is broken, you want to install a new HVAC system  –but it seems like the manager isn’t responding the way you’d like. We understand. Sometimes, strata managers can come off as rude or disinterested, but…

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ARCHI-NATURE

  “Once (this building) is completed, I think it will demonstrate how straightforward a system it is,” – Acton, Vancouver Sun. The sci-fi futuristic urban jungle that is cold and edgy may not be such an accurate prediction after all. You may have noticed that new buildings and parks resemble more of our natural environment,…

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Hiring Environmentalists Is Good for Business

There’s nothing more satisfying than working for someone who shares the same values as you do. It shouldn’t take hard statistics to tell you that when working in a place that shares your passions and concerns, your morale will stay up and motivation will be harder to lose. Well, if a simple statement doesn’t do…

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OPINION PIECE: DESIGNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

We are living in a rapidly changing world. Although some of the concerns we’ve had in the previous generations are still relevant, pressing and very real new problems are quickly creeping up. Despite having the technology, we are not directly putting ourselves close enough to the problem to see it. Complex issues such as global…

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Adding Value to Your Building

It’s no longer a secret that utility costs are rising steadily in Toronto. Let’s say that your condo association can’t effectively manage this crippling trend – what are you going to do? Most importantly, what are some meaningful things that you can do now? One of the best ways to cut costs for your condo…

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SETTING THE MOOD WITH LEDS

Most of us already know about the importance of caring for our environment and are taking steps to integrate environmentally-friendly practices in our lives. Especially in Vancouver, we’ve established a culture of recycling, minimizing waste, and overall, being more mindful consumers. However, some of these steps can be difficult and/or time-consuming, and at times, we…

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Getting rid of the itch in your home

As we have slowly come to learn since the turn of the 21st century, it has become increasingly convenient to live sustainably. Especially in Vancouver, where we live proudly as residents of the Green City, we’ve done some major changes from how we trash, to how we drive, and now, to how we stay warm….

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