Is the future passive?

A finished Habit Studio project Nova Scotia mom, Lorrie Rand introduces us to passive design “Chronic renovators.” That’s how Lorrie Rand describes herself and her husband, and for good reason. The house in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where they live with their 21-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son has been in a near constant state of flux since they…

Comfort & Joy: Terri Chu on the struggles and triumphs of home renovation

Long before she became a mother, Terri Chu was a committed environmentalist. As an Engineering Consultant in renewable energy projects, with a masters degree in Civil Engineering, she had definitive ideas about how she wanted to renovate her home before starting a family. Like a lot of century homes, her semi-detached — built in 1907 — was lovely but…

9 Ways to Conserve Energy at Home

As a mom I often find myself in the midst of a guilt trip over not doing more for the earth my son will inherit. These days most of us accept the realities of climate change. We know we need to curb our dependence on traditional energy sources or face devastating consequences — but knowing something must…