For the past three years Innotech has been a proud sponsor of Team Canada's entry into the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, a building competition that challenges teams from around the world to design and build the energy efficient housing of the future.
Team Canada's entry in 2011, the TRTL (Technological Residence Traditional Living), was very well received, cracking the top 10 in the competition and winning a prized Emerald Award in the Education category. After the competition the home was donated back to its birthplace, the University of Calgary, where it will be utilized as a student hub for sustainability research.
On March 21st the stakeholders of the TRTL gathered to rededicate the project as the Spo'pi Solar House. Representatives from the school as well as from the Treaty 7 First Nations people were on hand to validate the transfer from the students to the school. Today, May 2nd, the facility will celebrate its grand opening, and the entire team at Innotech wishes the University and its students the best of luck with their new space, and we can't wait to see what energy efficient innovations they come up with.
We're extremely proud of the relationship we've formed with Wildsight, a non-profit organization that champions the conservation and preservation of BC's Rocky Mountain ecoregion. Recently we had the opportunity to partner with them on a project whereby two families received free home energy efficiency upgrades. Now, Wildsight would like you to come and visit the houses to see the improvements for yourself.
In early April two demonstration homes were selected, and after an audit revealed where energy efficiency could most be improved, Wildsight worked with the families to choose the most effective upgrades (the homeowners were expected to cover material costs, while all the labour was provided). Over the past two weekends crews of volunteers set upon each home to complete the projects.
Now that the upgrades have been performed, Wildsight is encouraging the public to view the demonstration homes to learn how simple it can be to improve energy efficiency. This coming Earth Day weekend, April 20th and 21st, Wildsight will be giving tours of each home and passing on tips for lowing your carbon footprint (and saving some money!). To inquire about the tours, or to learn more about Wildsight's environmental stewardship activities, contact email@example.com or 250-427-2535 (extension 227).
At Innotech, "garbage" is a dirty word. Our corporate philosophy is to engage in as much recycling and reusing as possible. We have the incredible good fortune to be based in British Columbia, a province home to one of the country's leading recycling programs, which helps us limit the amount of waste material we're forced to discard.
One area where recycling has had a major impact on waste is the disposal of our excess cuts. Every Innotech window and door is composed of steel, aluminum, and uPVC, and during the manufacturing process these pieces are trimmed to length as needed. Leftover material, too small or short to be used in new windows, is collected from our shop floor and sent to local recycling companies. All of our uPVC cuts are sent to a local Langley company, Blue Planet Recycling, where the pieces are reprocessed into raw materials. These raw PVC "pellets" are then sold to local businesses to be used in the manufacture of a variety of extruded and injection molded products.
Here's a video that shows the recycling process in action:
We're proud of the progress we've achieved with our recycling programs, and we're always looking for new ways to improve the sustainability of our operations. To learn more about the steps we've already made, please visit our Sustainability Journey page.
Cubicle life is maligned by the work force for many reasons, not least of which is the drab, monotonous feel of 'Cubicleville'. To fight this malaise, designers are creating spaces that maximize natural light and fresh air while minimizing noise - the three factors found to affect happiness and productivity in the workplace.
Mindflash.com put together this great infographic for building professionals that provides suggestions for creating a better workplace. (Click anywhere on the image to view it full size.)
A work space that has the right windows and doors can help increase productivity: windows and doors can help decrease outside noise, windows and doors can improve ventilation by allowing fresh air to enter a room, and windows and doors allow sunlight to light a space.
Learn how our Tilt + Turn Windows and Doors can help you design a healthy working environment or home.
Baboushkin Design Group is one of Calgary’s innovative architectural and interior design firms. With 38-years experience, Michael and Silvia Baboushkin, have put their award-winning stamp on over 80 restaurants, dozens of single family homes and several multi-family projects in and around Calgary.
“We have one goal,” says Michael. “To make each of our clients happy.” Michael and Silvia encourage their clients to take full ownership of the project. “We’re here to provide expert guidance throughout the design and build process to make it as enjoyable and manageable as possible.”
Acting as a guide involves helping homeowners select the right materials and products to help achieve their vision. “We recently specified Innotech products for two of our projects in Calgary,” says Michael. “The ability to design with extra-large window and door openings really allowed us to realize our architectural vision.”
In this ultra-contemporary residence [left], the clients – a young professional couple from Calgary – involved their children in the building process. “It was a lot of fun working with this family,” says Michael. “Because we had input from all four of the occupants, we were able to design and build a family home that reflects the lifestyles of both generations.”
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Located in Calgary, this modern, split-level residence features distinct spaces for the children and the parents. “The home is interconnected yet private,” says Michael. “The showstopper in this home is the beautiful kitchen and dining area. We designed the space with as many windows as possible to brighten the space with natural light.”
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One of our projects, the Queen of Peace Monastery in the Squamish Valley in British Columbia, was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of DDC Journal.
Every year, the Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia and BC Homes celebrates excellence in home building by hosting the premier Georgie Awards®. This year, three of our projects have been nominated as finalists:
Winter Residence by Ario Construction
2012 Finalist: Best Single Family Detached Home up to 2,000 sq.ft. under $500,000
The contemporary Winter Residence in Whistler, BC features a range of Innotech products, including Tilt + Turn Windows, Tilt + Glide Door and Terrace Swing Doors. The builder selected a titanium exterior finish to complement the modern black and wood coloured exterior of the home.
Evergreen Kitchen by Blackfish Homes and Construction
2012 Finalist: Best Kitchen Renovation under $100,000
The Evergreen Kitchen renovation features an extra large 16' wide by 7' high Tilt + Glide Door. The unique three panel - fixed, operable and fixed - combination provides the homeowner with an uninterrupted view through the operable center panel.
Kitsilano Residence by Rockridge Developments
2012 Finalist: Best Single Family Detached Home over 2,000 sq.ft. over $750,000
The Kitsilano residence features our popular Terrace Swing Doors with an titanium exterior finish and white interior finish.
Good luck to Ario, Blackfish, Rockridge and all of the other great finalists!
The Bagley Nature Center, a classroom at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) as one of the ten winners of this year's Top Ten Green Projects Program.
The COTE Top Ten Green Projects Program recognizes projects that demonstrate the highest accomplishment in environmentally sustainable architecture, combining inspired design, systems analysis, and evaluation of performance. In its 16th year, the program is the profession's best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. An impressive jury evaluates all submissions based on ten sustainability measures and metrics to select the top 10 winners.
Completed in 2010, the Bagley Nature Center is a LEED® Platinum Certified project that has performed beyond expectations in terms of performance efficiency. The project features a host of sustainable building practices and materials, including triple glazed Innotech windows and doors, designed to help the building perform at its best in Minnesota's cold climate.
To learn more about the Bagley Nature Center and the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects Program winners, visit AIATopTen.org.
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The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization's grand opening ceremony for their new community facility is Saturday, October 27, 2012. We're honoured to have been selected to supply the windows for this sustainable building that reflects the MWMO management practices for supporting water resources and treating storm water.
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Recently, one of our clients wanted to see first-hand how secure our Tilt + Turn Windows really are. We said, no problem!
The following is a video that shows us hitting our Tilt + Turn Window with an 8-lb. sledgehammer. We also use large crowbars to see if the frame can be cracked open.
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