Monte Paulsen is a certified energy advisor. He helps homeowners and homebuilders save money and cut carbon emissions. He works in collaboration with City Green Solutions.
Monte wrote for The Tyee between 2005 and 2010. While at The Tyee he reported on affordable housing and green building. Links to his work can be found below.
And he is a co-author of Beyond the Deep: The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave (Warner Books, 2002).
Stories by Monte Paulsen
In Europe, that is, where Passivhaus principles are going into building codes. Could B.C. do it?
Canada's first Passivhaus points to the future of green building with wood. Second of three parts.
Canadians helped invent a house so efficient you could heat it with a hair dryer. Then we forgot about it. First of three parts.
The Tyee Guide to green building certification systems in Canada. Third in a series.
Three affordable homes that could change that way you think about green building. Second in a series.
Green doesn't have to mean expensive, exotic or uncomfortable. First in a series.
Will invisible fibers help rescue BC's disappearing mill towns?
They reduce carbon, promote healthy development, and tourists love them, Translink is told.
In Canada's vast north woods, a cease-fire in the war over certified timber.
If each co-operative housing project was part of a larger whole, their residents, and finances, would be more secure. Last of four.
But the province has diverted a key pool of federal funds away from building family housing. Third of four.
Shared equity co-ops could give ordinary earners a stake in Vancouver's crazy housing market. Second of four.
Housing co-operatives used to fill a gap between ownership and rental, but few are built today. How to fix that. First in a series of four.
Research finds high percentage of long-term homeless suffer schizophrenia, were abused as children.
This Thursday, take part in Architecture For Humanity's 'superchallenge' to find quick, affordable and green housing solutions for the city's growing homeless population.
Proposals to build free or low-cost homeless housing said to be 'stalled' by the province. Last of three parts.
How Victoria designer Keith Dewey transformed eight used shipping containers into an airy residence. Second of three parts.
Shipping containers hold the potential to revolutionize urban housing. First of three parts.
Some critics say LEED's pending new rules could do just that. As the decision nears, the debate between competing eco-certifiers is nervous and angry. Last of five this week.
Corporate group says US Green Building Council and eco-certifier FSC keep too much North American timber out of green market. Fourth in a series of five this week.
Can an industry-created nonprofit meet test for a public-interest charity?
ForestEthics charges that SFI's 'vague' standards mislead consumers. Second of five parts this week.
New LEED rules poised to remake market for environmental forest products, Canadian timber. First of five parts this week.
As housing prices soared, social housing went unbuilt for years. As a result, shelter is hot politics in Vancouver.
Christopher White, founder of Facebook group that sparked weekend rallies, on his cyber-allies, his politics, Michael Ignatieff, and more. A Tyee interview.
Street to Home's funds should be added to existing government commitments: NDP.
Fast-growing Facebook group is organizing rallies nationwide.
One year ago she burned to death in her shopping cart. What's been done to save the next Tracey from a similar fate?
Listening in on BC's Grits this weekend, as they gathered in Whistler to drink and argue about how to revive their falling party.
Their ranks are growing in cities like Surrey, as the working poor slip their grip.
New Dems' by-election strategy is to pin the much maligned tax on Harper.
We tried to interview Diana Dilworth, who wants to win the New West-Coquitlam by-election. We really did try.
How the province transformed a Hastings Street hotel from hell to haven. Second in our Homeless Report Card 2010 series.
The Tyee asked experts to assess progress on the issue, and assign some grades.
As pulp mills withhold taxes from tiny communities, BC's municipal officials brace for legal ruling.
Act would violate Charter warn civil liberties advocates.
Five tight battleground ridings are poised to tip towards Tories.
Elizabeth May admits her party lacked an election strategy last time, vows a new approach.
If BC is to join the new era of train travel, it must plan for passenger rail on a regional basis, and protect potential new rail corridors. Last of four.
As if ignoring high-speed and discouraging US rail investment were not enough, the Harper government now blocks even slow-speed rail. Third of four.
A decade of disinterest has cost Vancouver passengers the benefit of U.S. billions targeted for track improvements north of Seattle. Second of four.
No key player -- not Obama, Harper, Campbell or Washington State -- is on board with high-speed rail to Vancouver. Part one of four.
Breaking news and analysis, up to the minute.
Chatting with the polished puzzle who seeks a third term as BC's premier.
Boundary-Similkameen, Kootenay East, and ones in Surrey, Coquitlam and Vancouver.
Comox Valley, Saanich South, Stikine, North Van-Lonsdale and two in Burnaby.
BC Liberals hold more safe seats, but 'green suburban swingers' could lift New Dems into power.
He also sees 'shared equity' as a way to make houses more affordable.
Condo king says cut unit costs by adding floors, capping developer profits.
Lock-off suites could help young families own condos and create rental housing for singles.
Vancouver's planning boss on the downturn, fixing the rental unit shortage, and a key charter change.
Helping renters buy homes, leave social housing, makes space for others.
How a Toronto developer creates 'cost-effective' condos sold to families making as low as $32,000.
Betting on 'market correction'? Home prices would have to plunge 55 per cent to fit average family income.
Ordinary people in BC can no longer afford ordinary homes. First in a series searching for solutions.
Vancouver mayor 'definitely interested' in temporary villages for hundreds.
A practical guide to what the experts say can, and must, be done. Second of two.
Can Vancouver's new mayor deliver on his promise to house everyone? Yes we can. First of two.
City claims taxpayers' interests trump public's right to know about $100 million loan.
Crunching the numbers behind the claims in Vancouver.
These get our votes. Please add your own.
Catch our fresh election night analysis on The Hook.
Tory minister cited report in effort to close safe injection clinic.
NDP candidate Michael Byers on why he chose a tough riding, and declined to run elsewhere for the Liberals.
Riding the campaign train with Green leader.
Media giant drops libel suit for Mair column.
Tyee helps track buzz in the online world of 'social media.'
The Tyee's new politics superblog launches today. Nice timing, eh?
Goal is fast justice, better options for offenders.
Vancouver's reigning party stumbled, says developer who seeks one of its council slots.
Indo-Canadian wants 'to bridge communities' in Vancouver.
BC activist Nicole Rycroft on why she dangled a 'Free Tibet' banner -- and herself -- from atop a Beijing billboard.
Already, 28 contenders vie to join slate for Vancouver election.
Will Vancouver mayor disclose his war chest?
He leads fired up party into Vancouver civic race. Can he mend COPE rift?
Al De Genova to throw second-ballot support to another Vision Vancouver candidate. 'No deals' all say.
After 15 years on council, Mayor Sullivan turns out fewer than a thousand supporters.
Calls Mayor Sullivan a 'divisive' wielder of fear with slim support.
High-tech 'flying yachts' will soon break the 50-knot barrier.
VIDEO: De Genova, Louie, and Robertson spar at May 21 debate hosted by The Tyee and 24 Hours.
Diverse foes say Bill 42 would crimp free speech, hurt poor voters.
Campbell's cuts ended up costing BC taxpayers billions, studies suggest.
Tally of homeless deaths released to Tyee by chief coroner.
Street youth grant is 'chump change': critic.
Mayor Sam changed the game. Now everyone wants to play.
Why today's homeless number is an undercount.
Vying to run for mayor are a mixed bunch with diverse slices of Vancouver.
Predicts split left will hand Sullivan another term.
Party to hold confab for 10,000 in hall that seats 700.
Nanitch Society made $5,136 donation to Vancouver's NPA.
The violent hell of Backpackers Inn. Where does it move next?
Hot real estate market uprooting working class tenants in Vancouver.
Ignores Vancouver mayor's idea to boost rentals.
'Worst' of many 'really rough spots' says city's outreach worker.
Most of small payout from $250 million goes to burn facility.
Vancouver's citizen security project way off its goals.
Now the knives are really out.
BC has far too few affordable homes. Whistler has none. Councillor Tim Wake warns: "Plan early, or react later."
Sullivan's lawyer sent accusatory letter to councillor opponent.
Mayor evades media as BC registrar investigates Nanitch Policy Society.
Abbotsford tops list of boomtowns plagued by poverty.
Nanitch's other directors claim no knowledge of $5,136 gift to Non-Partisan Association.
Developers made largest donations, unions gave less than three per cent.
Housing minister pledges that if Vancouver fast tracks permits, province will provide money to build more than 1,100 new homes.
Council to debate ban on corporate and union donations.
Prone to fraud, few limits, and a whopping $30 spent per vote. A Tyee special report.
Why shelters outside of Vancouver are filling up.
Main Street squat heads to court.
Coleman challenges cities to "step up."
Northgate's Kemess North mine would turn lake into toxic dump.
Ten other cities have settled with civic workers. Why can't Vancouver?
Riverview and Little Mountain sales a risky bid during a housing crisis.
Trash pick-up, festivals, Olympics prep and economy will suffer.
Based on figures in city's own report.
Promise was 'non-binding' NPA votes.
Critics, and a Tyee review, cast doubt on figure of 1,109 'new units.'
Vancouver councillors mull 'supportive housing' plan.
Charities-driven housing plan has yet to produce.
Projects don't replace lost SRO rooms.
BC's new way of finding people shelter will fail if new housing isn't built.
Vanishing old hotels were last refuge for most at risk.
Can Vancouver's Olympic pride be saved? First in a series.
Stalled homeless units finally jarred loose. Pols scramble for credit.
Why billions are pouring in for copper, coal, uranium.
Does exoplanet Gliese 581 c exist? Could it support life? UBC team key to finding out.
Coalition cites broken pledges on housing, green goals.
Plan to protect housing catches insiders off guard.
'Five Ring Circus' focuses on rising anti-Olympic protest.
Fast turnover of SRA hotels has Vancouver housing activists 'on red alert.' A Tyee special report.
Billed as way to get addicts 'off streets, out of view.'
Each is working somewhere else, and will save money and lives here.
He wants a 'Civil City' but critics see devil in details.
'Worst in province' for secondary schools, says union.
Start with the killing of Esequiel Hernandez Jr.
Number, content of questions without bias says paper's managing editor.
Portrayed as authoritative, the sensitively timed survey said to be highly biased in approach.
Halfway through the election, BC Liberal candidates have ducked debates in about half of BC’s ridings.
Campbell’s waterfront home swept up in rush to exploit the Libs’ loosened mining laws.
Iskut band joins Telegraph Creek protest and rebuffs Shell execs.
A TYEE SPECIAL REPORT: PART II Revolt against pro-business Tahltan chief shines light on ambitious development plans in B.C.'s north.
TYEE SPECIAL REPORT: PART 1 Tahltan elders decry ‘sell out’, oppose successful chief, call for slower development.
Residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside took cameras into their own hands to challenge perceptions.
Paul Martin has had his eye on the Prime Minister's Office for decades. Yet no one seems to know what he'll do with it.
And ending fast, within 50 years or less. Besides war, what's our response?