Part 2: passive house design

Continuing from Part 1: Foundations of a Healthy Building, Joel Anderson talks about Passive House Design—a building standard that originated from Saskatchewan, and is now being debated as one of many environmental solutions for energy-efficient housing. Also, the pros and cons of Net Zero buildings.  

Give it a listen below. Better yet, share it with others who might be interested as well.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Part 1 from yesterday, head over to The Farm where all the upcoming interviews on sustainability will be.

See you tomorrow for Part 3: Our Current Sustainable Landscape!

Part 1: Foundations of a healthy building

Joel Anderson, architectural designer from Sustainable, discusses how buildings can reduce overall energy demand, be built with environmentally sensitive and responsible materials, and above all be healthy.

From the material sourcing, toxicity, safety, to disposal, Joel shares his architecture industry knowledge on how we can build healthier buildings for the long run.

This is part one of a three part series. Stay tuned for the next one, tomorrow!

Healthy building materials: Joel Anderson, architectural designer

Aesthetics and integrity

We tend to place a lot of value on the aesthetics of stuff.

Your new granite countertop looks great and I love how it matches the backsplash.

I love how your outfit looks on you.

The look of a new BMW Cabriolet looks a lot better than an 8 year old Toyota Corolla.

No doubt, looks serve an important role when it comes to presenting anything to anyone.

Recently I had a conversation with architectural designer, Joel Anderson from Sustainable, where they focus on building healthy architecture. What he revealed was that a big (and under appreciated) topic they bring up to clients is about insulation. Most houses use foam insulation in between our walls.

The thing about foam insulation is that it does not serve to be building blocks for a healthy home. What they prefer to use instead is insulation spun from rock called mineral foam. It’s much more energy efficient in use, healthier to install for workers involved, and it’s also more environmentally responsible than foam.

While it sounds great and all, many of us wouldn’t want to spend our working dollars on quality insulation. We’d rather spend it on a great looking countertop because it’s something everyone can visually appreciate.

Albeit not as loud and glamorous, integrity and health play the more soft spoken voice in our everyday lives.