Imagine how an average home could undergo a green transformation.
It would be a smart house that takes advantage of advanced technologies and services that enhance the home's performance; that is sustainable with energy-saving green products both inside and out.
The house would be healthy and safe and regenerative, returning energy to the grid, adding value to its neighbourhood and revitalizing its surrounding natural environment.
It's a renovated home of the future, being built now.
Week 49 - October 6, 2011 An extra solar dimension
"We are in the protection business."
That's how Mark Rose, of Solar Film Solutions, quickly responded when asked to set the record straight about the value of his commercial products, which are coverings that "improve window efficiency by blocking 99 per cent of ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) radiation."
Week 47 - September 22, 2011 Clarifying the Commitment (Part 2)
In many ways, the prospective lead building contractor for the This Really Old House Goes Green project will be able to hit the ground running.
Due to the intricate planning already completed for TROHGG – not the least of which is the existence of a detailed energy model and home design – essentially the contractor can instantly begin discussions that will lead to a speedy start to construction.
Week 46 - September 15, 2011 Clarifying the Commitment (Part 1)
Someone had to be first.
With the This Really Old House Goes Green (TROHGG) project, which is following the green reno of a war-time house in Brantford, we had assembled a solid team base and created a home design and energy model to put the foundation in place.
What we didn't have, however, were interior suppliers to take advantage of the demonstration room opportunities.
Week 39 - July 28, 2011 Strategy to reach the next level
The search is now officially on. Our energies will now be directed towards bringing a general contractor and/or construction company on board. Concurrently, we will be looking for a general building supplier.
As soon as those key members join the TROHGG team, we feel we'll be able to fast-track the final stages.
Week 36 - July 07, 2011 Connecting a solar element with home design
Another piece of the puzzle falls into place.
Early on in the This Really Old House Goes Green (TROHGG) project, ProQuip International was one of the first local companies to join the team, bringing a solar element into the mix.
Shortly thereafter, Corwyn Perrin of MC Developments worked with technical advisor Dara Bowser of Bowser Technical Inc., to come up with a preliminary home design.
Week 35 - June 30, 2011 Fine-tuning the TROHGG brochure
The next phase promises to be a busy one. As TheGreenHub.ca website reaches its first anniversary, and the This Really Old House Goes Green project continues, the final touches are being put on a brochure that will take us into the final stages of the green reno of a war-time house in the Holmedale area of Brantford.
There have been two introductory planning sessions with TROHGG team member Flying Camel Advertising, Design + PR, and the nuts and bolts of the brochure are in place.
Week 33 - June 16, 2011 Breaking new ground with Northern Clean Energy Ltd.
Justin Hay is a ground-breaker in more ways than one.
The owner/president of Northern Clean Energy Ltd., a Caledonia-based company specializing in geothermal and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), regularly digs down, so to speak, as part of the installation process for his commercial and residential clients.
Week 32 - June 9, 2011 Listening to the voice of experience
Trish Holder has been down this road before.
A writer and marketing consultant in North Carolina, Holder undertook a project similar to the This Really Old House Goes Green project back in 2007. Through her website, greenspirationhome.com, she followed the planning and construction of a green house in Greensboro, NC, and seemed like the ideal resource to explore the trials and tribulations that she encountered along the way.
Week 28 - May 12, 2011 The energy model for the house / Part V: Ventilation and air tightness
There are many reasons to make a home air tight. And any average homeowner contemplating a green renovation should make themselves aware of each and every one of them, according to Dara Bowser, technical expert for the This Really Old House Goes Green project.
Week 27 - May 05, 2011 The energy model for the house / Part IV: Heating
There is much, more than meets the eye when looking at how to properly control the heating and cooling of the house at 87 Alexander Drive.
With tips and strategies that any average homeowner would be wise to take into consideration before undergoing a green renovation, our experts from Bowser Technical Inc. have painstakingly detailed the interaction between heating, cooling, ductwork and water heating – with the end result designed to drastically improve energy efficiency.
Week 26 - April 28, 2011 The energy model for the house / Part III: Windows
We have to give home designer Corwyn Perrin a lot of credit. As much as possible, in his redesign for the house at 87 Alexander Drive, the subject of This Really Old House Goes Green project, he tried to reuse existing windows wherever possible.
Week 25 - April 21, 2011 Flying Camel's marketing game plan
It's safe to say that Flying Camel and TheGreenHub.ca are on the same page
when it comes to marketing. After an intense three-hour brainstorming
session, with Lisa Herbert and Leanne Wood Newman of Flying Camel, we were
left to mull over all the ideas.
Week 24 - April 14, 2011 The energy model for the house / Part II
We didn't really need an home energy efficiency report to confirm what we
already suspected – there were probably more air leaks in the house at 87
Alexander Drive than at a tsunami-slammed nuclear reactor in Japan.
Today: The energy model for the house / Part 2: Walls, ceilings, basement
Week 23 - April 7, 2011 The energy model for the house / Part I
There is no easy way to detail all the considerations that went into creating an energy model for the house at 87 Alexander Drive.
So we won't take any shortcuts.
Instead, starting with this installment, and continuing for the next few weeks, we will take an in-depth look at all the elements that Dara Bowser and Jordan Summers – technical advisors for the This Really Old House Goes Green project – worked into plans for the green reno.
The pair, from Bowser Technical Inc., left no stone unturned. Continue >
Week 22 - March 31, 2011 Protecting your house
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and anticipation associated with any significant home renovation.
And that is certainly true, as well, with the This Really Old House Goes Green project, which is featuring the green reno of the house at 87 Alexander Drive in Brantford.
But before homeowners allow themselves to be carried away – ourselves included – a reality check is necessary.
There are many items that should could on that checklist – and we have documented a number of them in earlier installments of TROHGG, with a complete archive on TheGreenHub.ca – but perhaps one of the most important is insurance coverage for the house. Continue >
Week 21 - March 24, 2011 Making sure trades are on the up and up
It's a familiar scenario. A man knocks on your door, offers some kind of
roofing, driveway or duct-cleaning work. But you should stop right there
and check out the legitimacy of his services before going any further,
especially important during a home renovation.
Week 20 - March 17, 2011 Transforming the basement
After looking at the redesigned main floor and second storey of the house
at 87 Alexander Drive, we examine the new, opened-up basement area, sure
to be an improvement over the cramped, drafty area that is there now.
There's definitely something to be said about visuals. We now have home
designer Corwyn Perrin's redesign for the house at 87 Alexander Drive in
Brantford. This week we take a look at the floor plans and see how our
'green' objectives for the makeover were incorporated by Perrin and Dara
Bowser, TROHGG's technical advisor.
Flying Camel will be putting together a marketing strategy to help draw
public attention to the This Really Old House Goes Green project plus its
parent website TheGreenHub.ca When completed, the campaign should help
spread the word with more clarity in a more dynamic and widespread manner.
Week 17 - February 24, 2011 Planning, planning, and more planning
With a green renovation, it seems one can never have enough planning. But
TROHGG team members Dara Bowser and Corwyn Perrin assure us that the
project is indeed proceeding in a standard manner. We continue to monitor
realistic goals and the constant exchange of knowledge and ideas is
helping fuel the design process.
Week 16 - February 17, 2011 Getting the message out
Flying Camel Advertising, Design + PR will be spearheading a campaign to raise the profile of the This Really Old House Goes Green project and its parent website TheGreenHub.ca With a successful track record and niche in the promotion of green brands, Flying Camel's Leanne Wood Newman says: "Many people don't really
understand what public relations agencies do or how they work, so this is also a great opportunity to educate them." Read full article >
Week 15 - February 10, 2011 Being wise about water
Leanne Knuckle admits that changing the public's perception about water use is no small task.
"It's a big challenge convincing the public that waterwise landscaping and gardens can be just as attractive and aesthetically pleasing – if not more so – than the traditional well-manicured lawn."Read full article >
Week 14 - February 3, 2011 Solar solutions from ProQuip International
Brantford's ProQuip International, a company specializing in LED lighting
and solar power solutions, has joined the This Really Old House Goes Green
team, bringing a wealth of experience to the table. Read full article >
Week 13 - January 27, 2011
Enter D'Arcy McNeil of Empirical Photographic Arts and Tae McIntosh of Tae Photography – two professional photographers who call Brantford home, and who promise to provide a deft touch and inside look at TROHGG as we begin to take the project to another level.
Week 12: Back to the drawing board
For anyone who knows me well, they're aware that one of my favourite expressions is "I live in hope."
So with that in mind, it was time to take another crack at a wish list for the green reno at 87 Alexander Drive, so that experts Dara Bowser and Corwyn Perrin could be provided with useful information to move the project along. Read the full article or download the PDF.
Week 11: Working with a wish list
In this installment, we outline the initial wish list, then add more to the article after the actual give-and-take session, which was scheduled for later the same day. We felt it would be interesting to see what ideas got the experts' thumbs up … and what ideas were put on a backburner, or tossed out altogether. Read the full article or download the PDF.
Week 10: A home designer is added to the mix
Nailing down exactly what green elements are best suited for a project can be overwhelming. For the average homeowner, then, it is imperative that all avenues are explored before getting down to brass tacks. Read the full article or download the PDF.
Week 9: A recap before heading into 2011
The clock is ticking and 2011 is upon us.So now, for something completely different, the This Really Old House Goes Green project shifts gears as we prepare to bid farewell to 2010. Read the full article or download the PDF.
Week 8: The planning process for a green renovation
When embarking on a green renovation – or any renovation for that matter – it is imperative to have a plan of attack in place right from the outset, according to a technical expert from the This Really Old House Goes Green project. Read the full article or download the PDF.
Week 7: The incredible transformation of Dara Bowser's house
There's attention to detail and then there's attention to detail.
When the president of Bowser Technical Inc. decided to undergo a substantial renovation of his Henderson Survey house in Brantford back in 2004, he did not leave any stone unturned …. and then some. Read the full article or download the PDF.
Week 6: Technical help arrives
If you drive by Dara Bowser's house in the quiet residential Brantford area known as Henderson Survey, chances are you wouldn't even look twice at it. Read the full articleor download the PDF.
Week 5: Meet the TROHGGers
With apologies to Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, we'd like you to Meet the TROHGGers.
Myself included, we are a family – not to be confused with the cinematic Fockers – that finds itself smack dab in the middle of the This Really Old House Goes Green reno at 87 Alexander Drive. Read the full article or download the PDF.
Week 2: Evaluating the existing energy efficiency of the house at 87 Alexander Drive
Todd Downey's head jerked up as if he had been zapped by an electrical shock. The energy advisor from Energuy Canada Ltd. was standing in the main front hallway of the house at 87 Alexander Drive when it happened – and he was in the middle of something called a blower door test, which measures a home for air leakage and identifies the main troublespots. Read the full article or download as PDF.
Week 1: What building guidelines the project must deal with
Doug Clark would be the first to admit that he was caught a little off guard.
Usually, when homeowners in Brantford intend to do any kind of extensive home renovations, a detailed architect’s drawing is the first thing on their to-do list – then that proposal would be presented to Clark, the City of Brantford’s chief building official. Read the full article
or download as a PDF.