The Ellis Park house is a multi level home built by Altius Architecture in Toronto Canada. It is a contemporary style home that incorporates clean lines and boxy style with sustainable elements such as geothermal heating and cooling, passive solar design and daylighting strategy, recycled and reclaimed materials, passive thermo-siphon ventilation and a green roof. The design of the house includes open concept living spaces that take advantage of the large expanse of windows and the use of sustainable materials such as cork, reclaimed stone, birch and marine plywood, clay brick, copper and Douglas fir.

Description of the Ellis Park House by Altius Architecture
Located in Toronto’s Bloor West Village neighbourhood the Ellis Park House was conceived as an ecological urban home that places a bold emphasis on sustainability and contemporary living. The home was constructed on an overgrown infill site, just steps from Bloor Street, that was considered unbuildable because of its 45 slope and shallow depth. Where others saw obstacles the design team saw potential for an earth sheltered home, ideally sited in an urban context with good solar orientation and exceptional vistas over Toronto’s High Park.

The design and construction of the home provided the architectural team with the opportunity to experiment with various systems, materials and assemblies, providing real world experience and long term monitoring to verify theories and assumptions that could not be tested on private clients.
The enduring legacy of the Ellis Park House is that many of the design strategies that were novel at the time of its design have become standard in the firms current work. The house proved to the firm’s clients that reducing ones ecological foot print can be done with out compromising comfort, luxury or style and more importantly that sustainable practices really do pay for themselves.

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Modern Arizona Home

05/08/2012

This amazing desert home built by Will Bruder + Partners is a modern dwelling that is a comfortable living space for a family of 4 that is nestled in the rugged desert of Arizona. The back of the home has a series of large windows that frame the McDowell Mountains in the distance and a mountain preserve to the south. Entry, office and bedrooms are on the upper level with the primary living and dining experience, a media/music chamber and potter’s studio tucked beneath.The harder surfaces used through out the house such as concrete and steel is softened with the use of cork and wood to provide an aesthetic balance.

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Austin is known for SXSW and is the place where all the hip young Texans live and is a hot bed for homeowners who are open to using sustainable products in their homes. We receive a lot of inquires from this part of Texas and this homeowner did an amazing kitchen renovation. I am super impressed with their two tone cabinets because I hate matchey-matchey and their brown cork tiles is a nice complement to their lower cabinets. Overall this will be a great party kitchen.

We love it when a customer finds a different use for our cork tiles and this customer decided to use it on the walls instead of the floor. If you look at the before and after photos, you would have to agree the transformation is amazing.

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Building a spec home is always a risk since the builder is paying for the cost of the home out of pocket and only gets paid when they sell the home. Because of this builders typically build a home in a way that will appeal to the most buyers so that they can sell the house quickly. However one of our customers decided be bold and use cork flooring and other sustainable materials to make their home as green as possible. If the building industry had more people like this our community would not be filled with energy sucking McMansions.

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We talk about sustainability as objects that you can purchase to help the environment. Buy cork flooring, buy eco-friendly products, buy bamboo and the world will be a better place. But one of the biggest factors in living a sustainable lifestyle is purchasing only the items you need.


I feel that one of the areas that Americans need to scale back on is the size of the homes we live in. Yes it is great to have a lot of square footage to move around in but having a theater room, bonus room, finished basement really a necessity for a small family? Have you thought how much energy it takes to heat and light these rooms?


This micro home is to the extreme but do we really need a McMansion for a family of 3? Of course we love the cork flooring they are using in this micro home.

One big key to small-spacing living is vertical space – with nine feet in each horizontal direction, the only way to go is up. At the same time, this particular design manages to look like it evolved somehow organically, with elements not simply occupying every spare spot. Read More

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Crossett Library in Bennington, VT has installed cork glue down tiles. They were so confidant in its durability they installed it in the majority of the library.

 

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