Archive for January 2010

Busting Winter Blues with Winter Blooms

01/29/2010

Missing the colours, fragrances and warmth of spring and summertime in Ontario? Bring it inside with flowers! Instead of letting the dreary, freezing outdoors negatively influence your home décor, you can add warmth and cheer to your home with stunning winter blooms, from poinsettias to amaryllis.  If you’re into houseplants, this article has great tips on keeping your plants healthy during the barren months. And if they’re not blooming? This article explains how you can trick indoor plants into thinking it’s spring so they’ll burst into bloom.

Having plants in your home is proven to improve your health, happiness and even air quality. It’s a quick tip for adding some colour and brightness to your winter!

EnerQuality Nominations for Mason Homes

01/22/2010

EnerQuality.ca

Mason Homes is honoured to be a finalist for several EnerQuality awards. We are up for Green Builder of the Year, Best Green Marketing Campaign, Building Innovation and Excellence, EnerQuality’s ENERGY STAR Builder of the Year, and Best Green Sales Team. A big thank you to all of our home buyers, partners, suppliers and staff for supporting Mason Homes and helping us move forward in our green building efforts!

Lindsay Goes Greener!

01/21/2010

Lindsay, Ontario

 

Big news! The OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) just approved zoning for Mason Homes’ new development in Lindsay at Colborne Street and Highway 35. Our award-winning project, Cloverlea, can now expand, bringing even more green, Energy Star-qualified homes to the City of Kawartha Lakes—an eco-conscious, environmentally-responsible community in its own right. We’re very excited to keep building in Lindsay. All of our homes will continue to adhere to our Green for Life program with homes guaranteed to give families better comfort, quality of life, and savings, and to respect the natural environments in which they’re built. Great news as we kick off a green year in 2010!

Winter Essentials

01/15/2010

Vitamin C!

 

This winter, it’s all about the three S’s:  staying warm, staying healthy, and saving money. Whether you have a Mason home already or energy-saving features in your home, there’s still more you can do to achieve utmost efficiency. This article, 10 Hot Home Products That $ave Money, gives great ideas on products that will keep your home eco-friendly and totally efficient. Definitely worth a look! 

Many of us are struggling to keep not just our homes but ourselves running at peak efficiency this winter too. To avoid colds and the flu, my secret weapon has always been oranges. Turns out, lots of other foods you might not expect are packed full of Vitamin C too. Click through the items in this article to find out what power foods will keep you strong and healthy this winter. 

And here’s something fun:  living in caves, living in treehouses and more. If you can’t live in a Mason home, this just might be the next best thing!

It’s 2010!

01/07/2010

 

Happy New Year all! And thanks for reading my blog. 

As we begin a new year and a new decade, now is a great time to look at everything that has changed since the year 2000, and to look forward with hope and excitement to what we can do in the next decade! 

The past decade has established green building as the future of new home building. There are so many reasons why environmentally-friendly homes and communities are vitally important: from improved health and quality of life on a personal level, to better health on a global level, to significant savings on energy and water bills. This last factor became even more important to families during the recession, as noted in this article, which discusses the recent increased consumer demand for energy-efficiency homes to reap the financial benefits. 

Students from Hillsdale Elementary School with their new composter. Photo via The Barrie Examiner.

 

More and more people are thinking green, buying green, and seeing green… in their natural communities, and in the bank! I was inspired by this article from the Barrie Examiner, which talks about kids being more eco-conscious. Living green today means that the future will be greener too, as we set an example for our children. It’s exciting to watch the green movement expand and grow, and to see the widespread interest and variety of contributions. 

Here’s to a great year, and an environmentally-friendly one! Mason Homes will be continuing our landmark Green for Life program and looking into exciting new building developments. Check back here for updates. 

Cheers, 

Sean Mason


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