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Calgarians learn to winterize their homes

EcoLiving Winterization Workshop
November 17, 2012

The 2012 Winterization Workshop provided six participants with valuable information, hands-on skills and a winterization kit to get started with home winterization. Some of the comments from participants were:

Osaro – “The workshop was really informative. I learnt ways in which heating bills can be reduced through the various techniques. In addition, I learnt some preventative measures that can be taken to ensure that other heating devices work effectively.”

Wendy – “Excellent! Great information, Thank you so much.”

Deborah – “Great program, learnt alot. I would recommend this workshop to others.”

We have started a list of people who want to participate in another winterization workshop. Please contact us at if you want your name added.

3rd Annual Winterization Challenge a success!

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors who helped make our Third Annual Winterization Challenge a huge success!

Totem Building Supplies (Bowness Branch)
ConocoPhillips Canada
Cheryl & Chris Algeo
Carol & Peter Tracey

2012 Winterization Challenge 2012 Winterization Challenge

Thank you to the 33 amazing volunteers who came from all over Calgary to help seniors in Bowness and Montgomery. Some of the senior’s comments:

Georgina – “We older people are quite helpless and don’t always have immediate family to support us. This project is a wonderful idea, and the volunteers were great.”

Inge – “I can’t believe this project exists. I think it is great. Many wonderful people came to my house to help me.”

Kay -”Very good work and very nice people. I would really like to have them back again.”

Linda – “Everyone went above and beyond my expectations. The volunteers were bright and cheery and did fantastic work.”

If you would like to participate in the project next year please contact us.

EcoLiving Winterization Workshop

EcoLiving Winterization Workshop
November 17, 2012 – 10:00am – noon
Bowness Community Hall

7904 – 43 Ave NW

Winterization Workshop 2011

Join us for a hands-on workshop that will give you many skills to winterize your home. This workshop includes: caulking and weather stripping, window treatments, furnace filters, product awareness for winterizing your home and more…

Cost: $20 per household (includes a starter winterization kit)
Register by email:

November 2012 Sustainability Book Club

The End of GrowthWednesday November 21, 2012

“The End of Growth” Jeff Rubin

Economist and resource analyst Jeff Rubin is certain that the world’s governments are getting it wrong. Instead of moving us toward economic recovery, measures being taken around the globe right now are digging us into a deeper hole. Both politicians and economists are missing the fact that the real engine of economic growth has always been cheap, abundant fuel and resources. But that era is over. The end of cheap oil, Rubin argues, signals the end of growth–and the end of easy answers to renewing prosperity.

The Calgary Sustainability Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm at Pages Books, 1135 Kensington Rd NW. View the complete book title list for the 2012-13 season here (PDF).

Sponsored by: Pages Bookstore, Sustainable Calgary, The Arusha Centre, Sierra Club–Chinook Chapter, EcoLiving Events, Green Calgary, Thrive, and now REAP and the Sierra Club-Chinook Group

For information contact: or

The City of Calgary Proclaims November 3 “Winterization Day in Calgary”

EcoLiving Winterization Challenge – November 3, 2012

Proclamation - Home Winterization Day

The third annual EcoLiving Winterization Challenge will take place in Bowness and Montgomery on November 3 (9am-2pm). The ten houses that will be winterized are all owned by seniors or single parents who cannot do the work themselves. Volunteers will meet at the Bowness Community Centre 7904-43 Ave NW (second level) at 9:00am and will be at their assigned houses at 11:00am.

Everyone benefits from this initiative;

  • Teams learn how to winterize a home, help homeowners reduce their utility bills and save our natural resources, and they are recognized for their good work.
  • Homeowners (mostly seniors) are given a free home winterization that will make their home more comfortable in the cold winter months with lower utility bills.

Everyone involved will return to the Bowness Sportsplex after the Winterization Challenge (between 12:30-1:00pm) for lunch and will talk about their experience with this project.

Meet the Home Builders

Building your dream house can sound exciting and fun but truth is, it will eat up a lot of time, energy, resources, and money. Patience, proper planning, and getting the right people to do the job will minimize the stress during the process. Home builders play a significant role in helping you reach your goals. Choosing the best team is crucial in making your dream house a reality.

During the planning stage, there are many factors to consider and evaluate. It is your duty as a homeowner to look and hire the best people to execute your requirements efficiently. Home builders consist of people with different specialties. They are experts in their own field and line of work.

The Team

  • Developer – Before anything else, you need to find a good location for your dream house. Real estate developers are the ones responsible for investing in an area and sell this to potential buyers. They develop the land and build a living community with proper amenities and features to entice buyers to purchase the land. They determine what kind of house they can construct that is suitable for the environment.

  • Architect – Developers work closely with the architect. Based on the lot area, the architect will create a design to fit the land area. The architect will factor in the weather condition of the location, topography, environment, and design concept in the floorplan. The final output will become the basis for the measurement and price of the house.

  • Contractor – Choosing your contractor is important because they will be responsible for building your dream house. Make sure your hire a reputable company because you will rely heavily on their skills and expertise.

  • Sales Contractor – As a homeowner, you need to work together and communicate with the sales contractor. Your consultant’s inputs are significant due to their vast and extensive knowledge on building homes. They can help you in your decision by giving you the lowdown including the pros and cons of each aspect of your plan including the floorplan, construction, materials, and other details essential to your decision making. The sales contractor or building team will help guide you through the entire process.

  • Design Consultant – Once you’ve selected the layout, the design consultant comes in to discuss the color and style selection to match your preference. The design consultant will help you choose the right kind of flooring, cabinets, countertops, and other fixtures to complement your architect’s design. Your consultant will guide you through the aesthetic process and selection for your home.

This is where your will start shopping for home materials, pick the color scheme, and make the designs come to life. This is the most fun and exciting part for most homeowners.

  • Project or Construction Manager – Your contractor will assign an overall project manager to stay on top of what is happening to your house. The project manager works and coordinates closely with all team members making sure that everything is in order, the timeframe is followed, and the quality of construction is up to standard.

The project manager is the overall person in charge of making the magic happen. He will become your main point person during the construction period.

Now that you know what key positions are crucial in executing the perfect home, it’s time you look for the right people to make your dreams come true.