Smart Sustainable Structures

Structures? Yes, I said structures. There’s yet another ‘S’ to our story. At S3 we don’t like being bored, so we’re constantly adding to our repertoire of services. In our last blog post, Elaina introduced our Lighting Design Department. Today I’ll be unveiling S3 Design Build.


Smart & sustainable is our mantra at S3. However, our ideas and designs are only relevant if they actually come to fruition. Finding sustainably focused builders can prove to be challenging. It’s at the junction where ideas meet reality that projects can fall off the rails, or take a different turn.

So our team began the journey of seeking out like-minded builders and trades of all sorts. I’m happy to say we’ve found a number of kindred spirits. And wouldn’t you know it, one individual in particular became a regular face around the S3 office. He’s a burly, bearded character with an excitement about sustainable structures that’s comparable to a kid on Christmas morning. Let me introduce Sean. Sean has been in the building industry for 15 years and currently works as a site superintendent for a large commercial construction company. For the past 18 months we’ve been strategizing, planning and dreaming about what a sustainable design / build / development company could look like and I’m thrilled to say it looks pretty awesome.


What will be our focus?

You guessed it… Smart, Sustainable Structures.

What does that mean?

  • Looking at alternative building materials and how they can be used in practical, energy efficient and cost effective ways.
  • Working with conventional materials in new ways to achieve greater energy efficiency.
  • Designing with climate, site orientation, practicality and aesthetic interest at the forefront, not as an afterthought.
  • Not trying to compete in the conventional market, but creating a new market.

Why does this get us excited?

Because all of us at S3 dream about living, working and playing in environments that are unique, smart and cool… and we believe that there are people beyond us who share this dream also.

What’s up and coming?

Shipping containers anyone???



Stay tuned for an upcoming blog to find out more.


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Eating an Elephant

Have you ever heard the expression, “How do you eat an elephant?”

The answer is “One bite at a time.”  (Sorry to all our vegetarian and vegan readers.)


Well that’s sometimes how I feel about the challenge of living more sustainably.  There are so many issues to tackle and sometimes they become overwhelming. It’s in those moments when I want to throw up my hands and say “what’s the use?”  But I must remember that every journey is made up of many small steps.


Since our team returned from Green Build in November, I’ve been trying to maintain the momentum we gained by making small, sustainable choices. Here are a few that I’d like to share.

  • Taking the good one-sided paper from our recycling bin and put it into our printer. Much of the printing we do is for in office use, so if the back side has printing or writing on it, who cares.  New sheets of paper go in when we print for others (double sided printing if possible).


  • Being diligent about turning the lights off when we leave a room.

Lights Out

  • Unplugging the wall charger from the socket once the devices are fully charged.


  • Using a stainless steel coffee mug when getting take-away coffee/tea (stays hotter much longer too).


  • Replacing our trash bins with super tiny ones, and using those large bins for recycling.


  • Updating the library to environmentally-friendly companies/products only.


  • Bringing in some greenery into the office…and a sustainable one at that!


These are just a few of my elephant bites.

What are yours?


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