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Home Energy labeling, Impact of Mandatory labels on Real Estate prices US Canada
Real estate

The North American Property market faces a ticking timebomb - Mandatory energy labeling - and here's what to do about it

With our international perspective of construction and home pricing trends, it's time to stress the importance to the homeowners of North America and Canada of home performance. If buying a home, or thinking about it - please read this first. A recent report in the UK by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has started…

Zero Waste to Landfill Project - Australian Supermarket Coles steps up
Lifestyle

Zero Waste to Landfill Pilot Project - Australian Grocery Store Coles

Coles Supermarket partners with Cleanaway to convert waste into fuel to divert all waste from landfills. I’m not the first and I definitely won’t be the last to say that there is far too much (unnecessary) plastic packaging on foods. It’s everywhere! As soon as you step foot through the automatic doors in the supermar…

Living Building Challenge
Health

One of the greenest homes on Earth is taking the Living Building Challenge in Alberta Canada - The Confluence

Named “The Confluence,” this house produces more energy than it uses, it captures water on site and has a positive impact on its occupants and surrounding environment. Located northwest of Calgary, Alberta, The Confluence home is a partnership between Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (SAIT) Green Building Te…

Trane Technologies Plans to Cut Product Carbon Emissions in Half by 2030
Energy efficiency

Trane Technologies Plans to Cut Product Carbon Emissions in Half by 2030

Trane Technologies recently announced plans to cut its product carbon emissions by nearly 50% by 2030, supporting the Paris Agreement goal of Net-Zero Emissions by 2050, and having these claims validated independently. Cutting product emissions in half over the next decade supports Trane Technologies’ 2030 Sustainabil…

SEM-B Mobility Launches it's Sustainable Urban Transit Solution
Commuting

A New and Sustainable Urban Transit System SEM-B Readies for Launch

With city populations doubling by 2050, we can't sustain the growing impact of urbanization on current transit solutions. Traffic is bad now in many of our urban centers, imagine what it will be like with double the number of cars. There's a significant traffic issue on the horizon, and even and all of us deciding to…

Green Roof on Canadian Grocery Store
Environment

Green Roof on Canadian grocery store offers truly local produce

Green roofs have known benefits for biodiversity in urban areas, water conservation, insulation properties and are simply more attractive to look at - here is an example of them being very practical too. Most commercial green roofs in an urban area offer green space for occupants and manage rainwater, but large scale…

Why Recycling Plastics Needs Legislation to be Effective
Health

Microplastics in drinking water : ‘It’s like eating a credit card every week’

Plastics are inescapable - but we can reduce their impact by better informed choices, better legislation (and probably lots of it), and by reducing waste production from construction. Plastics and their devastating impact on the environment is not news at all. For all our efforts to reduce packaging, recycle materials…

Modular EV Battery Swapping Stations by Ample are Launched
Commuting

Modular EV battery swapping system makes EV battery filling as quick as gas powered vehicles

A San Francisco based startup named Ample seeks to shake up the electric car market with an interchangeable car battery for EVs. Ample is a new electric vehicle charging system which works by having robots quickly replace small modular battery packs in electric cars, getting them back on the road in a few minutes, com…

Building with ICF in California Wildfire Zone - Habitat for Humanity
Products and Materials

Habitat for Humanity - building durable homes in California wildfire zones from ICF

Build with Strength is partnering with Habitat for Humanity International to supply the concrete for affordable and sustainable housing in 16 locations across the U.S. Due to the significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come with the production of Portland cement, Ecohome has long promoted alternatives to c…

Colorado state university research helping reduce over-use of antibiotics
Health

Colorado state university research helping reduce over-use of antibiotics

Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health challenge, which is accelerated by the overuse of antibiotics worldwide. Increased antimicrobial resistance is the cause of severe infections, complications, longer hospital stays and increased mortality. After the last year I think we can all use  some good news; thi…

Carbon negative concrete CMU blocks
Climate Change

Carbon negative concrete goes into pioneering “green” CMU blocks – Quebec leads the way!

Carbon negative concrete CMU blocks, available soon across North Eastern America & Canada, a huge step forward & a significant impact to the carbon dioxide production of a standard cinder block or concrete masonry unit. Production just started in Quebec of a ground-breaking CMU block that is carbon-negative, thanks to…