This post is a continuation of the story of CSV’s engagement with the Passive House standard. This time we’ll look at verification of one component of building performance: air tightness testing of the building enclosure.Read More
Here at CSV Architects’, sustainable design is fundamental to all our work. This means it is crucial that we stay up to date with the various regulations surrounding this increasingly popular topic, in an ever-changing landscape. Because CSV has our very own expert in this field (Sustainability Consultant Stephen Pope), we really make an effort to spread our knowledge to others in the industry in hopes of promoting sustainable design and making it more accessible to all.Read More
The Ontario Heritage Conference, organized by Community Heritage Ontario, takes place each year to provide education on historical sites, building, restoration and preservation methods along with legal advice on protecting these places. The conference provides a platform for Heritage Professionals to exchange ideas amongst each other and share success stories as well as lessons learned. The conference offer tours and presentations along with networking opportunities.
Peter Simister, a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP), spoke at the conference June 10th. He presented a case study of local landmark Birkett House and CSV’s involvement in the foundation replacement and restoration of the Sunroom following earthquake damage in 2010. You can read more about the project here.
Birkett House was built in 1896 as the stately home of Thomas Birkett, a wealthy Ottawa businessman and politician. It was a grandiose expression of social position for a self made man of high accomplishment.Read More
Heritage conservation and adaptive re-use of existing buildings are key strategies for sustainable architecture. Restoring existing heritage structures extends the life of cultural assets and conserves the resources used in the original construction.Read More
Some designs are disruptive. They immediately change the way things are done and expectations for the future. Edison’s light bulb is a good example. It put many candle makers out of business, reduced the risk of fire in homes, reduced crime on the streets and opened up the night for recreation and entertainment.Read More