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Haus 10 is now For Sale!

February 3 in Blog, Haus 8 & 10, Media & Publication by Envy No Comments

Haus10 (located at 2010 37th Ave SW) is ready to purchase ~ move in and enjoy inner city Calgary living at its sustainably built, low-maintenance finest!
This stunning pre-owned Envy home is available for $1,648,000.

Interested? We would love to show you more…

Call David to arrange your private tour!
403-620-7939

2010 37th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta
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This sustainable high performance Envy home in Marda Loop, completed in early 2014, offers downtown views from two levels, attached triple+ garage, concrete construction, european windows, superior efficiency with integrated solar energy.

2010 37th Avenue SW has no structural or mechanical rivals in its class.

keep scrolling down :: to watch how this project came together

CONTACT DAVID :: david@envyeco.com or (403) 620-7939 for more details

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Chef Duncan Ly feeds 24 guests in Haus 10

May 29 in Haus 8 & 10, Media & Publication by Envy No Comments

So honoured to have this amazing Chef prepare a special meal for 24 guest in Haus 10!
Please enjoy a change of blog scenery and check out the 5 decadent dishes Chef Duncan Ly, executive chef for Hotel Arts, prepared.
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Envy principal, David Wilson, thoroughly enjoying the evening, especially dessert!

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Livability

October 15 in Blog, Environmental Tips, Media & Publication by Envy No Comments

We live in our homes.  And we build how we build for one reason really.  Livability.

Livability now.  And livability into the future.  Livability, not margin, not trend, not builder convenience.  We have tried not to be stifled by the tendency towards “that’s the way we do it… because that’s the way we have always done it…”

We usually ask “why?”  And if the “why” doesn’t contribute to the priority of livability, we take a good look and try to figure out a better way.  Sometimes that means innovating, sometimes it means researching and finding the best practices of others, and sometimes it means accepting that it has always been done that way for the right reasons.

If you live in a house in Calgary, the Livability of your home depends on a few important things –

A livable home should have a really good building envelope.  We like Insulated Concrete Forms for several reasons, but there are other good alternatives.  A balance of insulative value (R-value) and managed air infiltration to keep your home dry and warm.

Calgary is one of the world’s most complex climates to build in.  Radical temperature swings of more than forty degrees celsius over a 48 hour period are not uncommon through the winter.  These temperature extremes place incredible stresses on building envelopes as dissimilar materials expand and contract at different rates.  Freeze and thaw cycles will draw moisture into the most unforeseen places yielding potentially devastating consequences in short order.  Material choices need to reflect these realities.  Interfaces between materials have to be diligently managed to avoid vulnerabilities.  That means – good flashing around windows, careful management of runoff, consideration of aspect (which way does that wood siding face? South? Bad Idea), and so many other subtle elements that dictate the long term viability of your investment.  The envelope is important.

A livable home should have great windows.  A critical part of the envelope, they dictate the comfortability of your home.  The windows are there to let light in.  But also to keep hot or cold air out.  To provide security, and to limit noise pollution.  Good windows will have more than one gasket to provide the seal.  They will lock in more than one place, and they will feature low e and argon gas filled sealed units to manage solar insolation (the heat you feel when the sun shines through your window.)

A livable home should have a flexible floor plan.  One that allows for changes in your lifestyle, or subsequent renovation without significant structural consequence.  Livability.  Being able to adapt your environment to your changing needs, without having to change environments all together.  Modular or carefully planned cabinetry that can be adapted from change table to dresser to desk to match the occupants changing needs.  Showers that can accommodate mobility challenges for the long term.

A livable home should have renewable energy technologies installed or roughed in.  Gas hasn’t always been and won’t always be cheap.  Supplementing your energy needs with solar thermal or photo-voltaic solar panels, or having the infrastructure in place to install this technology in the future, is prudent and will contribute to long term livability by offsetting energy costs.  As a front end investment, current economics make the argument for solar better than ever, if your home is to be durable – and last 100 years, this technology will be an asset.

A livable home should have some significant water saving measures implemented.  Rain water capture, dual flush toilets, high efficiency washing machines, and low flow faucets and shower heads should be mandatory.  Rain water for flushing toilets (and hopefully soon, doing laundry) is an attainable objective now in new homes with modest planning.  Again, this technology may seem expensive now, but like gas, water will not always be cheap.

A livable home should be able to charge an electric car in the garage.  Because, sooner or later…

And, most importantly, a livable home should have some great spaces.  Inspired kitchen design to foster engaging conversation and encourage you to eat at home.  A great family room that allows the family to thrive together – a multi use space that keeps your family in the same room.  Private retreats that give each family member their own cocoon – a place to sleep and revitalize.

Livability is the balance of mechanical and spatial functionality and the comfort and well-being that comes from living in a space that works properly in all facets of life.

We try to be “pragmatically green,” driven by the priority of fostering Livability.  We don’t always get it right because sometimes we find ourselves in uncharted waters… How many homes do you know that use their rainwater capture cistern as a heat sink to provide hydronic cooling in the summer?  But, we do challenge convention and do things differently when it is the better way to proceed.

We understand that the homes we build won’t be for everyone, and that you can build a smaller, tighter, more efficient home.  But we want to be able to convince the most cynical person that they can be greener – often much greener – and still live in a spectacular home.

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Find us on Facebook

September 19 in Blog, Media & Publication by Envy No Comments

Envy has officially joined the world of Facebook!
Come find us in your social media world and ‘Like’ our page if you would like to know more about what we are doing, how we are doing it, new blog posts and other interesting sustainable living information and ideas that we find and share.
Looking forward to seeing you on Facebook sometime soon.
facebook.com/EnvyEco

ps – if you love twitter you please feel free to tweet about us with the hashtag #envyeco
tweets currently promoted by team member twitter.com/ingridkue

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For Sale!

July 24 in Haus 8 & 10, Media & Publication by Envy No Comments

In the interest of choosing green products whenever possible and keeping waste to a minimum we elected to have our “for sale” signs cut from solid aluminum and keeping the message pretty basic to ensure we can use the same signs for all of our projects. These are still to be poweder-coated in Envy-green for higher visibility but we were too excited about them not to share!

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How is Your Home Built?

November 19 in Environmental Tips, Media & Publication by Envy No Comments

A complicated question with loads of information to digest, too daunting a concept for many to ponder….

Is your home built of wood or concrete?  Is it better to build new or renovate an existing home?  What are the energy sources that heat and power it?  How well is it insulated?  How efficient are the windows?  How do you best manage water consumption? What about indoor air quality?  Do the paints, lacquers, carpets, etc contain harmful VOC’s and other toxic chemical compounds?  What is your homes environmental footprint?  Will your home meet your families changing needs? Does choosing an efficient and sustainable home mean you have to compromise on quality or luxury?  This list could go on forever but I think you get the picture by now.

Let us answer those and many more questions for you
Demand uncompromised sustainability
Get an Envy home & generate some home Envy

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Avenue Magazine -The Bungalow Challenge: Envy Eco-focused Environments and Loop Interior Design

May 9 in Media & Publication by Envy No Comments

Design Philosophy: This low-maintenance, eco-friendly home is the collaborative effort of Envy Eco-focused Environments and Loop Interior Design. Since 2005, Envy has been concentrating on the integration of renewable-energy building technologies and sustainable materials in the renovation and new construction of inner-city homes.

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