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A commentary in the recent edition of Fine Homebuilding Magazine's 'Energy-Smart Homes' (Winter 2013) points out the need for more homes designed and built with energy-efficiency and other sustainable principles that are within the reach of the average home owner. Residential designer and project manager Michael Maines explains the premise of the 'Pretty Good House', “It's about finding the sweet spot between initial cost and long-term savings, paying attention to critical details while maintaining ease of construction, providing energy-efficiency without ignoring...

  The McKernan Duo straw bale, semi-detached project was designed for local developer Kanoo Developments and finished construction in 2014. It features open floor plans to encourage family, entertaining and accommodate more intimate spaces. Transitional spaces between indoors and outdoors, adequate natural light, views & privacy, sheltered entries and the defining of public and private spaces are our attention and focus. Each 2 storey unit is 1367 sq. ft. featuring 2 bedrooms plus flex space, 2 1/2 bath. McKernan Duo semi-detached is designed...

Edmonton Journal - April 7, 2012 Dave and Carol moved into the home in April 2010. Before they found it, they’d been looking at lofts downtown. Parking was an issue. But neither of them wanted a “cookie-cutter” home. They wanted something unique. And they wanted to live centrally in an area with cultural amenities and/or mature trees. “I just didn’t want to have to drive the Henday to get anywhere,” says Caroline. Dave happened to see a discussion about straw-bale housing on a...