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Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...Laneway House Program. At that time, council asked staff to report back after the first 100 laneway house applications had been approved, or after 3 years, whichever came first. The 100th laneway house application was approved in July 2010. Council has already mandated the expansion in both the Housing and Homeless...

Ottawa Coach Houses with prefab modern tiny house kit homes are available here
Tiny house

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes & high-end tiny house kits

...house or coach house? There are a myriad of reasons - in-law suites, rental properties, even getting your 30-something out of the house in a way that builds value for your whole family . A coach house could start as an in-law suite, turn into your kids’ first house, then maybe you switch with them as you're ready to ...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...House Canada (PHC) to train more than a hundred City of Vancouver staff (plan checkers, rezoning planners, development planners, inspectors, etc). There are also two city building inspectors who are Passive House Certified tradespersons and will work with all new Passive House projects as of March 1st 2017. The city is...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...house with an EnerGuide rating is like a car with a safety check. It is an independent third party report on the quality of what you are buying, and an indication of what you can expect in the way of performance. Kudos to Vancouver for introducing this process to mainstream construction practices. Read more about Vanco...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...house it would need to tap into everything a city has to offer in terms of power, water and sewage. A perfect example of that is the Vancouver laneway house movement, where tiny houses are being built on land instead of wheels. Vancouver has back lanes that run through the middle of many city blocks which cit...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...houses , or laneway houses (Vancouver, Canada being an excellent example) . In a landmark appeal case in December 2019 Ontario BCC has clarified building-code making the rules easier to get a permit for legal laneway homes & Tiny Houses in Toronto from May 2020 . Another common sight is to see an older, smaller and p...