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Keep your Beautiful Historic Windows and Save Energy

Past President Lloyd Alter upgrading his own home, writes about what he did for Treehugger

December 1, 2014

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Lloyd goes through all the arguments for keeping beautiful old windows, sustainability, aesthetic and tests a new product, a removable interior storm window. Send this link to everyone who thinks they need to sacrifice aesthetics for energy conservation.


Acorn Spring 2016 Cover

Acorn Spring 2016

An Appetite for Heritage

April 1, 2016


Another wonderful issue from our all volunteer Acorn Committee, led by the more than able Liz Lundell Stories on buildings repurposed for food purposes, heritage market areas. Editorial by Catherine Nasmith, Slow Food and Slow Buildings. Articles on Kensington Market, Craft beer in Dundas, Ontario, The Working Centre in Kitchener/Waterloo, Maple Syrup in Lanark County, Albion Hotel, Making Memories at Heritage Venues, Morden Yolles at Scaramouche, New Hamburg's The Imperial, and the demoli...


ACORN Fall 2016

ACORN Fall 2016

Back to School

September 8, 2016


The “Back to School” issue, with examples from across Ontario of where education and heritage intersect.  Stories on school buildings repurposed for other uses; historically significant schools and successes and failures in preserving them, trends in Ontario school architecture, and educational programs in heritage conservation.    Thanks to our all volunteer ACORN Committee, led by Managing Editor Liz Lundell.  For hard copies, join ACO.      


Conserving Wood Windows at Willowbank

Conserving Ontario's Wood Windows and Doors

Background Document for ACO MPP Day 2017

February 27, 2017

ACO Publications

Proposed Policy Change:   Make provincial rebates/funding available for rehabilitation-focussed energy upgrades. Storm windows and weather stripping achieve the same energy performance as replacement vinyl or metal windows.   On February 27 ACO delegates from across Ontario will be meeting with MPP's to discuss ways to improve conservation of Ontario's built environmental and cultural resources.


Shooting Murdoch Mysteries in Guelph Ontario

Economic Benefits of Conservation to the Arts

February 18, 2015

ACO Publications

The case for conservation in preserving places we want to visit, see in film and on TV. Heritage Conservation creates highly skilled jobs as part of its process and makes an enormous contribution to quality of life and sense of place in our communities. It is also so wonderful to see our communities reflected on the screens.


St. Lawrence Hall, Centennial Project Restoration

Investing in Heritage Buildings

Backgrounder for MPPDAY 2017

February 27, 2017

ACO Publications

ACO is asking that Ontario prioritize heritage property highly in allocating public infrastructure funding.


Architects Hope to Save Historic School

Conserving Ontario's School Buildings

Background Document for ACO MPP Day 2017

February 27, 2017

ACO Publications

Background document on why we are losing Ontario schools, and measures to conserve important cultural and environmental resources.


Interventions to Protect 2013-2017

Interventions to Protect 2013-2016

Interventions by ACO across Ontario, 2013-17

June 1, 2016

ACO Publications

Interventions to Protect is updated on a regular basis by Past President Richard Longley. Recording the work of ACO branches across Ontario. We win some, but not all. It has been a very useful document in presenting our work to government decision makers, funders, and the public.