New Year’s Resolution

Write about Sustainable Design.

There’s a lot to write about. Over the years that I have been consulting with homeowners on how they can reduce energy and water use, make greener choices in materials and construction technology, ensure that their space planning is barrier free, user friendly and ready for aging-in-place, I’ve gathered a lot of experience and resources.

Some of it has made it’s way into the Canadian Solar Home Design Manual and the online courses we offer through Blue House Energy, but lots of it is still in my head, especially the cool stuff like Net Zero Energy New Construction and Deep Energy Retrofits. Integrating renewables, bucking the trend and going for a stupid, not a smart, home…

The design process is never a straight line from start to finish, and there’s a lot more to think about when you add sustainability into the mix.