Brian Patterson

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Every Beginners Have To Know These 20 DIY Woodworking Tips

New to woodworking or having trouble with certain projects? Whether you are a beginning woodworker or expert, these tips from the pros will speed up …

Woodworking

Hamilton’s first shipping container home rises on Arkledun Avenue | The Star

Halter has designed container buildings for a decade, including homes in Los Angeles and Manhattan’s West Village. His most recent is a …

Housing

The Supreme Court has dismissed religious practice as a matter of mere choice in its TWU decision

Clashes involving religion and equality are hard questions, as recent legal cases all over Europe and North America have shown. At least they should …

Why your asphalt shingles are falling apart

<i>Q: Tim, I’m beside myself. My expensive asphalt shingles that have a 30-year warranty are less than 10 years old and starting to curl. I see lots of roofs around me doing the same. I never recall observing this type of defect in all my past houses with asphalt shingles. Did I get a bad batch?</i> …

Home Improvement

California to require solar panels on most new homes

There's no question that solar power is entering the mainstream, but California is about to give it a giant boost. The state's Energy Commission is expected to approve new energy standards that would require solar panels on the roofs of nearly all new homes, condos and apartment buildings from 2020 …

GOLDSTEIN: Trudeau’s carbon price: A $10-billion anchor on our economy

Kudos to the Parliamentary Budget Office headed by Jean-Denis Frechette for giving Canadians an objective cost assessment of Prime Minister Justin …

Memo to Alberta: Your righteous indignation about B.C. blocking Kinder Morgan is over the top.

Stephen Maher: Indignation over pipelines is over the top—B.C.’s concerns are valid and Ottawa has far from failed to back the oil sands.<p>Sit down, …

Stacked containers on skinny, west Toronto lot create unique home | The Star

A gawk-inducing scene began on a narrow Toronto street last month when a flatbed truck bearing a 53-foot steel shipping container inched its way to a …

John Weston: Is it time to be embarrassed to be a British Columbian?

I’m a proud British Columbian but would be ashamed to show my face in Calgary today.Firstly, we are looking like a bunch of selfish navel-gazers, …

The ultimate guide to understanding engineered wood floors

Choosing the right flooring for every room in the home doesn't have to be a challenge, as professional floorers are now singing the praises of some …

These timber tiny houses use bold pergolas to shade against the glaring sun in Israel

These beautiful tiny houses designed by Israeli-based Ron Shenkin Architecture provide relief from the glaring sun thanks to their dynamic pergolas. …

New 3 in 1 Roof solar tiles power your house for half the price of a Tesla roof

Tesla is getting all the attention when it comes to solar roofs, but some competitors out there are innovating in ways that even Elon Musk hasn’t …

Minimalist timber home gracefully blends into the Austrian landscape

Lovers of minimalist architecture will swoon over Innauer-Matt Architekten’s Höller House, a beautiful modern home built mainly of wood in Austria’s …

Important Factors to Consider Before Building Foundation Walls

How to Build Foundation Walls<p>Updated November 02, 2017<p>A foundation wall provides support for the entire structure you are building. Foundation walls …

B.C.’s forest sector: Writing the book on innovation

While British Columbians often associate exciting innovations with computer science and the Internet, our forest sector has been playing a …

Longmont gets 102 “wee-cottages” at affordable prices

Courtesy Boulder Creek NeighborhoodsA rendering of a wee-Cottage to be built in the Blue Vista community in southeast Longmont.Boulder County will …

24 Builders Who Are OSHA's Worst Nightmares.

Eh. Take it up with their union reps.<p><i>This post was translated from German.</i>

This tiny timber cabin was built from construction waste for under $30K

Transportable, versatile, and low-cost, this tiny timber cabin shows how the crafty use of local and recycled materials can lead to impressive …

Design

Turning grey water into a golden opportunity

For most people, the water that disappears down the drain after a hot shower or laundry cycle is out of sight, out of mind. But as a group of …

Passivhaus: Too Rigid and Inflexible for America?

Ettel House, Maschin Architectur<br>TreeHugger has written Forget Energy Star and LEED, The Real Standard for Green Building is Passivhaus, generally …

Innovative Products: LP’s Legacy Subfloor and 16-Foot Vertical Siding

While at the International Builders Show in January, we stopped by LP’s booth to check out the company’s much-publicized Legacy premium subfloor. You …

Toronto gets a tall wood tower - and, maybe, an architectural masterpiece

To take Canada from hewers of wood to fabricators of high-tech tall timber buildings –that’s the promise of a new building proposed by Toronto’s George Brown College.<p>It’s an exciting prospect. And if built, the structure will be a technical landmark. But will it also – as it should – elevate the …

Guide Books

Home for Life / AART Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> With buildings accounting for 40% of carbon emissions in the Western world, and 30% of buildings having …

Carbon Emissions

Edmontonians speak out against possibility of historic building being demolished

Rolling Huts

Enjoy all the natural beauty of camping with none of the hassles by staying at Rolling Huts. Located in Washington's Methow Valley, the "herd" …

A spec Passive House was built in Dallas. Will buyers bite?

<b>Yes, a Passive House can look and feel perfectly normal. But what do buyers really want?</b><p>The headline in the local real estate paper says First …

How your next meal could help fight depression and stress

<b>(CNN) —</b> Do you find that food deeply affects your mood? Science is beginning to back up such gut feelings.<p>The link between poor diet and mood disorders has been long known, but what has been less clear is the direction of causality. When we're depressed, we tend to reach for lower-quality comfort …

Nutrition

Students’ net-zero townhouse has ambitious goals

Zero House is an innovative green building designed and built by a group of students and faculty from Ryerson University, Toronto, and the Endeavour …

Cost of Living

8 (New) Energy Efficient Materials Architects Should Know

Whether architects are trying to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge or pursuing their own mission to save energy, they have an opportunity to …