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TREND WATCH:

Thick walls, big glazing, and disciplined materials Elements of style: »»

R56 walls up to 16” thick and attic space with R100 insulation.

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Airtight building methods.

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Floor to ceiling glazing and new window construction with insulated frames, thermal breaks and quadruple glazing.

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Expansive glazing creates passive solar heating during winter months.

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Proper shading, a key to large glazing especially if the house is well insulated.

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Disciplined materials, also referred to as ‘honest materials,’ like concrete, wood and steel both inside and out.

“Our favourite contemporary trend includes thick insulated walls, full height glazing and disciplined materials, which are those used for their own characteristics and substance, rather than to imitate something else. Super-insulated houses are standard construction in many countries, making for low energy-use buildings and comfortable homes. Canada is catching up. Expansive glazing blends indoor and outdoor living space and broadens the view. The use of as disciplined materials is a long standing architectural principle and offers comfortable textures, warmth in colour, and a durability that wears well over time.”

CRYSTAL BUECKERT Owner, BLDG Studio NCIDQ #33176 Registered Interior Designer, IDAS

Instagram handle: @bldgstudio

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