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Courtesy Brookfield Residential
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July 10, 2019 | Terence Leung

SPONSORED: Brookfield Residential brings innovative townhomes to University District

Community, sustainability and design.

These are the pillars of the Ivy, Brookfield Residential's innovative townhome project in the 200-acre University District.

Courtesy Brian Taylor
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March 20, 2019 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Northwest Calgary eco-community showcases the best of green home technologies

When Brian Taylor looks out the window of his home in EchoHaven, the view is a street lined with houses of varying architectural styles.

However, beneath the surface, many of those homes have similar characteristics designed to make them eco-friendly and highly energy efficient in a development purposefully built with no natural gas service.

Xeriscaped yards are easy to maintain and sustainable for the long-term.
Courtesy Eco-yards
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Feb. 28, 2019 | Natalie Noble

An eco-friendly, xeriscaped yard could save you time and money

The main features of xeriscaping are simple: use less water by decreasing lawn space and replacing it with native and well-adapted plants that require less water, including perennial flowers, trees and shrubs.

Courtesy Jayman BUILT
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July 16, 2018 | Andrea Cox

SPONSORED: Peace and quiet

Carnaby Heights offers sustainable townhomes in a tranquil setting

Nestled within the northwest community of Nolan Hill is Carnaby Heights, a collection of urban and estate townhomes that mesh seamlessly with the softness of the rolling prairie landscape.

"It's a very lovely place to come home to, said Hal Pike, area sales manager for Jayman BUILT, the builder behind the townhomes. "The architecture is very quaint, and it is so quiet."

Courtesy Morrison Homes Multi-Family
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June 06, 2018 | Geoff Geddes

Sustainable splendour

Artesia in Heritage Pointe merges luxury and landscape

Ordinarily, luxury and sustainability are not exactly two peas in a pod. However, Artesia at Heritage Pointe is no ordinary community. Situated just outside Calgary city limits south of the Bow River, the development combines urban and rural living, offering more space to roam, less maintenance and a tremendous sense of community, not to mention spectacular views.

"Our vision is to create a lifestyle community in the Heritage Pointe tradition that functions in tandem with the natural landscape and focuses on sustainability," said Bill MacDonald, project manager for land development at Heritage Pointe Properties.

Bordeaux Properties president and CEO Birol Fisekci, left and Qualico Communities senior manager of development Cary Kienitz stand in front of Harmony's central lake, with the community‚Äôs water and wastewater treatment facilities pictured in the background. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now
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Nov. 25, 2016 | Joel Schlesinger

Watershed moment

Water conservation top of mind for developers and municipalities as usage could exceed supply in coming decades

There's more than meets the eye to a lake at the heart of Harmony, the much-talked-about community by Bordeaux Properties and Qualico Communities west of the city.

When the massive water feature project is completed this spring, it will not only be Alberta's deepest man-made lake. It will also be a key part of the development's water conservation plan, an initiative that is among the most progressive in the Calgary region, said Bordeaux president and CEO Birol Fisekci.

BONE Structure homes are constructed from pre-cut beams that interlock together. The building process generates no waste, and takes under a week to complete. Photo courtesy BONE Structure
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Sept. 23, 2016 | Andrea Cox

Bare BONES

Net-zero technology promises to revolutionize homebuilding

As provincial and federal building regulations become more focused on sustainable development, BONE Structure founder and CEO Marc Bovet has seized the momentum and is helping to reshape the way we think about homebuilding.

After a personal homebuilding project went sour 10 years ago, Bovet, fuelled by frustration, took it upon himself to innovate a better way to build.

He talked to people, researched and looked at the ideology behind Lego, eventually coming to the "aha moment" that formed the premise behind BONE Structure.

Sano Stante recalls secondary suites as being one of the top issues to come up during his CREB® presidency in 2011. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now
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June 06, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil

55 Years of Real Estate: 2011 CREB® president Sano Stante

Secondary suites and sustainability highlight Sano Stante's year as CREB® president

The year was 2011: Naheed Nenshi was in his first full year as mayor, secondary suites had become part of Calgarians' daily lexicon and the term "sustainability" had started to creep into community development.

Looking back at it now, then CREB® president Sano Stante noted his year at the helm not only gave him a front-row seat to the action, but an enviable opportunity to influence change.

He noted his work with CREB® in advocating council to legalize secondary suites across the city stands out the most from his year of presidency.

"It's something I was really proud of," said Stante.

Denim pine comes from trees that have been infected by mountain pine beetles. The name stems from its distinctive blue streaks, which are caused by a fungus the beetles introduce while attacking the tree. Photo courtesy BeetleWood Industries.
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April 21, 2016 | Tyler Difley

Singing the blues

Colourful wood can add character to any home

It goes by many names: denim pine, blue-stain pine and "beetlewood," to name a few.

No matter what you call it, this little-known wood could be the centrepiece of Calgary's next big interior design trend.

Denim pine comes from trees that have been infected by mountain pine beetles. The name stems from its distinctive blue streaks, which are caused by a fungus the beetles introduce while attacking the tree.

Solar has also increased in popularity as people have become more informed about the technology, added SkyFire Energy CEO David Kelly, whose company has designed and installed grid-connected and off-grid solar power systems throughout Western Canada. Photo courtesy Skyfire Energy.
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April 21, 2016 | Tyler Difley

Rising sun

Solar energy making strides in Calgary area

Long considered a darling of the green energy industry, solar technology is evolving at such a rapid pace that many experts predict it will soon become commonplace in our everyday lives.

David Silburn, a researcher at SAIT who specializes in green building technologies, said the popularity of solar systems, especially photovoltaic, in residential and commercial applications has skyrocketed in the past seven years as prices have plummeted.

"In 2009, I was paying $10 to $12 a watt installed, whereas now you're spending $2.50 to $3 a watt installed on the same scale of system," he said.

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