lorraine gauthier + lisa moffitt: sustainable building panel

subtle technologies, sustainable design, sustainable industry — By on April 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

subtle technologies presentation

This panel will investigate some architectural projects that make use of sustainable building practices.

Lorraine Gauthier
Work Worth Doing
Now House™ – One small house. One million opportunities.

One of our biggest environmental challenges is improving the energy efficiency of houses that exist now. I will describe our progress in creating environmental change through Now House zero energy retrofits, demonstration houses and community projects. We first applied the Now House process to a 60-year-old wartime bungalow. With a million similar houses across the country, they offer the potential to replicate our process and dramatically reduce Canada’s greenhouse gases. I will cover our Now House projects, our design process for zero energy retrofits, the social and economic aspects of our transformation strategy and the challenges of scaling up.

Lorraine Gauthier is co-founder of Work Worth Doing a firm with a mission to create social and environmental change. Since 2006, she has led the firm’s boldest enterprise, the Now House™ project — an award winning process for retrofitting older houses to near zero energy use. Their first Now House was completed in Toronto 2008, has been replicated in four cities in Ontario and is sparking interest across Canada, Mexico and Europe. Lorraine has served on the faculty of OCAD University, and is a member of the board of Homes First Foundation, supporting homeless families and individuals in Toronto.


Lisa Moffitt
University of Edinburgh
The House on Limekiln Line: Nested Scales of Rural Sustainability

I spent summer and fall 2009 living on a farm in Huron County, Ontario while overseeing construction of the House on Limekiln Line, an off-grid house on a 25-acre farm lot. The process of living in rural Canada, meeting local farmers, participating in the periphery of large-scale agricultural production, seeing the local culture of resource consumption and production, learning about vernacular building practices, and understanding the infrastructural challenges of building within this vast scale raises questions about how we evaluate sustainability outside of the urban context. I will present the house in nested scales, starting with agricultural production, shifting to the farm lot, followed by the house, and finally to the detail. The presentation will focus in parallel on design strategies of the house with more general sustainable issues in rural development.

Lisa Moffitt is a Lecturer in Architectural Design at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her design work, research and teaching broaden the conceptual relationships between architecture and landscape architecture by exploring topics such as energy transfer, entropy, and territoriality. In 2008, she founded Studio Moffitt; current projects include design and construction management of the House on Limekiln Line, a renewable energy harvesting competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and ongoing development of fieldwork strategies for large-scale site analysis. From 2005-2008, she was a senior designer at PLANT Architect, Inc. in Toronto, where she was on the design team for three international-winning competitions: the Dublin Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin, Ohio; Stratford Market Square; and the Toronto City Hall Redevelopment Project.

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