Imagine living in a former church, school building or fire station for $50 a week. Consider a 25 per cent tax on people who leave their homes vacant. Or the city taking over the hard work of finding a tenant for owners wary of renting.
This study reviewed the literature on modular housing to identify ideas, practices, and innovations in modular housing as well as identifying considerations to improve affordability, efficiency and quality of construction.
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The tenant-landlord exchange was once simple: a certain rent entitled you to a certain quality of space. Sustainability has changed the dialogue with tenants in a dramatic way. There’s more talk than ever about how a more sustainable building can benefit its occupants, and even help businesses retain employees. Despite these changes, we have a long way to go before businesses can generate metrics showing that healthier workspaces make for more productive employees.Read More
UL, a global safety science leader, recently conducted a study to learn where value and return on investment lie in the area of sustainable buildings. The study and its result is available in a free white paper titled, “The Dawn of the Building Performance Era.”Read More
A slum or a squatter’s settlement isn’t where one expects to find an architect.
Yet, it’s in those communities on three different continents that Vikram Bhatt has spent most of his distinguished career.
What he’s learned from the people who live in some of the worst places in the world has informed his 40 years of teaching at McGill University and led to his designs for minimum-cost housing that have been used in China, India and Mexico.
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Three illustrated guides have been developed by the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) in British Columbia to assist residential builders and industry stakeholders in understanding and complying with the new requirements in Section 9.36 of the 2012 British Columbia Building Code for housing and small buildings.Read More
A new study released Tuesday by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center shows that investing in a 5 kilowatt solar system can yield a better return than investing in a stock market index fund in 46 of America’s 50 largest cities.Read More