Archive for Green:
The Brothers Dresseler
Meeting up with the Brothers Dressler (Jason on the left and Lars on the right) at their studio. The talented twin duo leading the way in Canada in repurposing salvaged furniture into truly original furniture/art. Both are kind and modest of their vast knowledge in craft, engineering and were past professional basket ball players too!
Week 14 – Plumbing & Electrical
Another week and more to report on. The first thing we noticed enroute to the second floor is that we no longer had to make a right turn when going up the stairs, its been straightened out and looks great… now to get rid of the rest of the carpet treads!
A pantry has been framed in and delivery of the dry wall is stacked and ready to go. Just think in a few weeks time we’ll have walls up for the first time. Insulation has also been delivered which is made up of 70% recycled material and will give us a measurement of R20 which is considered quite high to keep in all the heat for the winter; air conditioning for the summer and hence is environmentally conscious.
Above depicts the plumbing and electrical –the majority is complete though some needs to be on hold till the HVAC and duct work is threaded in. We conducted a walk through and made a few small changes –some cases adding on more light and in other cases taking away a few lights. We’ve also decided to go with LED lights for the entire place, this will again be more green also doubling on saving for our Hydro bills too.
Above-wires and plumbing lines everywhere yet also so organized!
We will also be installing two sun tunnels in the master washroom, allowing in some natural light for our love of plants living in there… not to mention it will also save on using electricity to light the room during the day.
Above and to the far left depicts a sun tunnel installed. We had the option of including a light fixture that specifically fits into the tunnel allowing one to turn on the light or turn it off and have natural light seep through. However we decided to opt for more natural light and instead left it empty with a pot light to the right.
Energy Audit – Up to $10,000 in Gov’t Grants
A friendly reminder, if you live in Ontario, Canada remember to do the energy audit on your home before you start any renovations. We had The Abor Group complete our audit. They were able to give us the proper guidelines for all of the items we needed to have covered in order to receive our grant. They are a local Toronto company who is all about green energy.
The Abor Group also signed us up to the micro fit program (http://microfit.powerauthority.on.ca/). This is a great program that the Ontario government has started to initiate green energy in homes. We were initially planning to have all of the energy saving tools installed into many parts of the house and gallery but it will most likely take place in phase 3 in our project after we have the bulk of the work completed.