The Guelph-Wellington Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario will host a public talk on “today’s sustainable building”, on Jan. 16.
The main speaker for the event will be Ben Polley, the business manager and founder of Evolve Builders. He was also Guelph’s Green party candidate in the 2007 provincial election.
Polley will show how he refurbished his designated heritage home and discuss how home owners can make changes in their own homes. He will also talk about the various efficiency-retrofit actions available.
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A half-dozen prominent women in work gear were tethered to safety lines as they stood on second-floor scaffolding hammering a vapour barrier and insulation to the exterior of a single-family house on Paisley Road on Saturday, preparing to add plywood sheathing to the roof the next day.
They were working for a good cause: a Habitat for Humanity Wellington “women’s build” project, constructing a residence for a family of modest means, a mother and her three boys.
Don’t count on a booming housing market in 2013.
Sales of existing homes are expected to fall slightly in Waterloo Region next year and housing starts will decline by a larger amount, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. predicts.
In its fall housing market outlook released Monday, the agency forecasts that 6,450 resale homes will change hands in 2013, a drop of 0.8 per cent from the 6,500 expected to be sold by the end of this year.
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City councillors expressed concern this week about a proposed south-end subdivision which only has one way in and out.
“Our preference would be to have entrances to the north and to the south,” senior development planner Al Hearne told councillors. “We haven’t got that in this case.”
Victoria Park Village Ltd. is proposing more than 500 units on the site of the former Victoria Park West golf course, just north of Arkell Road.
Filling in vacant land in southend Guelph may serve human interests, but the Guelph Field Naturalists want to ensure animals are also adequately served in the urban intensification process.
The organization once again raised its concerns about a proposed residential housing development on Clair Road East, east of Gordon Street. The Victoria Wood (Dallan) GP Inc. proposal envisions a subdivision with slightly more than 400 residential units on land at 161, 205 and 253 Clair Rd. E.
With the future of an east-end parcel of land resting in the hands of the Ontario Municipal Board, a Guelph committee this week nonetheless got an idea of what city staff would like to see there.
Members of the planning and building, engineering and environment committee got a peek at the staff vision for the intersection of Watson Parkway and Starwood Drive, which is one of five “community nodes” in the city.
Urban designer David de Groot said each of the nodes is “intended to be a focal point of the community.