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November 2012
Phase 2
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.

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Week 56 - November 24, 2011
Shifting gears
It's time.

As promised, we are changing the way coverage will be carried out for the This Really Old House Goes Green project.

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Linda Moyer from the ReStore


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Week 55 - November 17, 2011
Changes in the works

Linda Moyer from the ReStore

A subtle shift is about to take place.

In the coming weeks, the look and feel of coverage of the This Really Old House Goes Green project will be changing.

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Week 54 - November 10, 2011
Why a contractor should be involved

It's crunch time.

To keep the This Really Old House Goes Green project on track, we need the involvement of a lead contactor. It's a simple as that.

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Linda Moyer from the ReStore

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Week 53 - November 3, 2011
Inside glimpse at a TROHGG team meeting

Linda Moyer from the ReStore

It was time for some housekeeping.

With the foundation in place for the This Really Old House Goes Green project, a meeting of TROHGG team members was hosted by Leanne Wood Newman of Flying Camel Advertising, Design + PR.

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Week 52 - October 27, 2011
How TROHGG supports Habitat for Humanity Brant ReStore

The folks at the Habitat for Humanity Brant ReStore are always busy, but lately they have been outdoing themselves.

Just last Saturday, they participated in Waste Reduction Week and held an event where everything in their store at 408 Henry Street was offered to the public at a 50 per cent discount.

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Linda Moyer from the ReStore

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Week 51 - October 20, 2011
Status quo remains

Robert Langley

Everyone in Ontario, whether they realized it or not, were directly affected by the result of the provincial election.

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Week 50 - October 13, 2011
Keeping lines of communication open

It's not unwieldy – yet.

And, really, that's the last thing we want to see happen...

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Robert Langley

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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."

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Robert Langley

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Week 48 - September 29, 2011
E-waste services... and more

Robert Langley

Demonstrating a true entrepreneurial spirit, Robert Langley figured there were more ways than one that his company could contribute to the This Really Old House Goes Green project.

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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.

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Week 46 - September 15, 2011
Clarifying the Commitment (Part 1)

Mike Clawsie

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.

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Week 45 - September 8, 2011
Clawsie Kitchens takes the lead

It's time to fill in some gaps – in more ways than one.

At the top of the list, we feel, is explaining in more detail what challenges and opportunities await prospective key team members interested in joining the This Really Old House Goes Green project.

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Mike Clawsie

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Week 44 - September 1, 2011
Community booster TiK ToK Media

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If you Google the name Trevor Cherewka, the results are varied and extensive.

That shouldn't come as any great surprise, however, since the partner in TiK ToK Media has embraced social media and the internet in a big, big way.

You will find his Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ profiles, but you will also find many more references.

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Week 43 - August 25, 2011
Practising What They Preach / A series

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D'Arcy McNeil doesn't beat around the bush. When asked to explain what his backyard garden is all about, he gets right to the point: "Essentially, our garden is all about growing food."

Along with wife Angela DeSalvo, McNeil says they see their vegetable garden evolving into a food source that can supply them with all their needs – all year long.

"We now have a baby boy (Paul) and want the best for him," said McNeil, of Empirical Photographic Art.

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Week 42 - August 18, 2011
An editorial intern is added to the mix

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Crystal Thorne often laments the fact that many older homes are simply torn down to make way for new construction.

So when she came across the This Really Old House Goes Green project, which is following the green reno of a war-time house in the Holmedale area of Brantford, her curiosity was immediately piqued.

"To me, it's sad when people want to get rid of the old houses".

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Week 41 - August 11, 2011
Never underestimate social media

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Starting small, but thinking big.

We have certainly done that at both TheGreenHub.ca and the This Really Old House Goes Green project. And it's been by design, actually.

At the same time, however, we have been able to effectively spread the word about TROHGG and its parent website in a manner that is literally global in scope, thanks to the internet and social media.

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Week 40 - August 4, 2011
Summer sojourn / Part 1

They call them the dog days of summer.

An interesting definition refers to the late July/early August period as a time of stagnation or inactivity.

And that it is, no doubt about it.

So, we thought the timing couldn't be better for providing an abbreviated chronological update on the This Really Old House Goes Green project.

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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.

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Week 38 - July 21, 2011
Example of how team members work together

It had already been decided that Northern Clean Energy Ltd. would be involved in the green reno at 87 Alexander Drive.

What hadn't been decided, however, was the exact contribution the Caledonia-based company would be bringing to the table.

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Week 37 - July 14, 2011
The need for community support

We realize we're ahead of the curve. And we know that a green reno project such as This Really Old House Goes Green (TROHGG) has never been done in Brantford or elsewhere in The Green Hub.

But that's the point. It's our heartfelt intention to put the area on the map with the TROHGG project.

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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.

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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.

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Week 34 - June 23, 2011
Media support from The Expositor

Sometimes, things just seem to click. That was certainly the case back in September 2010 when Adam Hislop and I met with The Expositor's publisher Mike Walsh and managing editor John Chambers.

The reason for the sitdown? To discuss the idea of a joint editorial venture with TheGreenHub.ca called This Really Old House Goes Green.

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Week 33 - June 16, 2011
Breaking new ground with Northern Clean Energy Ltd.

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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.

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Week 32 - June 9, 2011
Listening to the voice of experience

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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.

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Week 31 - June 2, 2011
More marketing and branding assistance

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In the past year, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the Brantford area who has raised his public and business profile any higher than Lucas Duguid.

And there are reasons why that has happened for the latest member to join the team at the This Really Old House Goes Green project.

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Week 30 - May 26, 2011
The road thus far … and beyond

We have been encouraged by the realization that our process with the green reno is following the proper path. At Week 30, we take a look at the road thus far ... and beyond

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Week 29 - May 19, 2011
The energy model for the house / Part VI: Solar and lighting

Joal Levac, who lives in the County of Brant, has that voice of experience and he doesn't mince words – adding solar panels to his home was everything he hoped for … and more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Week 24 - April 14, 2011
The energy model for the house / Part II

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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 and windows.

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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 >


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Week 22 - March 31, 2011
Protecting your house
TROHGG house art 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 >


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Week 21 - March 24, 2011
Making sure trades are on the up and up
City of Brantford staff 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.

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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.

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Week 19 - March 10, 2011
A working design
Greg McMillan, Corwyn Perrin, and Dara Bowser 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.

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Week 18 - March 3, 2011
Spreading the word
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.

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Week 17 - February 24, 2011
Planning, planning, and more planning
Corwyn Perrin Dara Bowser 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.

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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."
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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.

Leanne Knuckle
"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.

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Week 13 - January 27, 2011
Photographic goodness
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.

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Week 12: Back to the drawing board
Greg, Yanni, Alaina McMillanFor 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.

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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.

Corwyn Perrin, Greg McMillan, Dara Bowser


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.

Corwyn Perrin survey


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.

Dara Bowser FLIR Infrared camera



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.

Dara Bowser FLIR Infrared camera



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.

Dara Bowser



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.

Dara Bowser




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.

TROHGGer family


Week 4: A green landscaping makeover



Jamie Carman's eyes lit up the moment he got his first look at the property at 87 Alexander Drive. Read the full article or download as a PDF.

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Week 3: Reuse and recycle



To say that Linda Moyer is a bundle of energy would only be scratching the surface when it comes to describing the Habitat Brant ReStore manager. Read the full article or download as a PDF.

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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.

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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.

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