Category Archives: Professionalism

Functions for a Cabin (and any other house)

Wouldn’t it be nice to escape from the city; go to somewhere quiet and secluded; to be one with nature. I’m not talking about a camping trip; more like a cabin in the woods.

To be one with nature; you gotta have the look: Those new-looking houses won’t really fit in the whole “nature” theme and it won’t really fit in middle of a bunch of trees either. The overall look of the cabin has to be rustic, with mainly from Victorian-style aesthetics (your choice actually; it’s just that I’d prefer Victorian-style over other rustic designs) with additional adjustments from our new-day technology, such as having side-sliding windows and electricity generating systems like wind turbine generators or pico-hydro generators so that we’ll do as little harm to the environment as possible (net zero energy footprint, net zero carbon footprint…). The cabin (and any other house) would need to have these functions:

volumetric space design – smartly using the space given to us, including space for sleeping, the living room and a bathroom (in this case, a small cabin would be around 500 square feet)

energy system – a way to generate, distribute and store energy for use (for small things like lighting or the composting toilet)

water system – to gather, store and distribute water (this includes having a rain barrel and having a grey-water system. A greywater system is something that reuses the water that’s used for bathing, washing hands or from the toilet for use for watering plants – NOT FOR DRINKING)

waste management system – get rid of all types of waste, like human excreta and compost. Food wrappers and other non-compostable things should be carried out with you back to the city to be disposed of there (includes things like a composting toilet and a composting area)

climate control system – keeps the temperature warm during cold temperatures and cool during hot temperatures

This site shows a bunch of cool looking cabins like the one on this post: http://freecabinporn.com/

A Way to Solve Problems

As explained in my last post, a lot of the condominiums in Toronto are pretty messed up in that many of them have structural and aesthetic flaws. The Ontario Building Code only looks at whether the condominium is safe to life in and that it follows all the regulations according to the Ontario Building Code (like making sure that there’s a fire escape, which is also very important); however it doesn’t look at things like unpainted or cracking walls. Hence, to solve this we will need people to look at the manufacturing of the condominiums, and to report all things going wrong (improper installation of devices/structures) to someone of greater power (a big government agency); someone like a Building Inspector.

As said just now, Building Inspectors are in charge of inspecting the flaws in the condominiums, to make sure that the condos are safe, and that the condominium is complete (painted everything, no cracks anywhere). Similarly,  Compliance Officers make sure that the condominiums follow all the policies and laws, such as the Condominium Act, the Ontario Building Code, the Municipal by-laws and other legal requirements. From this, the policies for the condominiums can be developed to keep improving the quality of the condominiums.

Policy development is another big thing that will help out in the condominiums in the future. It makes sure that everything is up to date to help the evolving needs of the people. These new policies can be created from common flaws seen from building inspection, from relations with other agencies or from public engagement processes (check out this link: http://news.ontario.ca/mcs/en/2012/06/building-a-better-condominium-act.html).

If an agency is to have relationships with other agencies, then it will let them share information between each other to get a better understanding of what to do to make themselves better, like having a homework study group, or a sports team.