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California Bans Gas Furnaces and Boilers from Homes
Policy and Regulations

California bans natural gas heating in homes

We previously reported that the UK and Europe was phasing out the use of 'natural' fossil gas in homes, and that Canada is also dropping hints about banning gas. Now California has decided to go ahead and ban Gas Furnaces, and Gas Water Heaters in Homes. “While this strategy will clean the air for all Californians…

Solar powered off grid greenhouse Sagkeeng First Nations Youth in Manitoba
Innovation

First Nations Youth in Manitoba bringing food security to their community with a clean energy powered greenhouse

Two First Nations women have secured funding to build an off-grid solar powered greenhouse to provide food security for their community. The Sagkeeng First Nation is a Treaty-1, 3 and 5 First Nation in the Eastman Region of Manitoba, where two young and ambitious members of their community have undertaken a project…

Zero Carbon Concrete Alternative Product Cement Free by Prometheus Materials
Products and Materials

A Sustainable, Zero-Carbon Alternative to Portland Cement concrete from Prometheus Materials CO - BioConcrete !

Using naturally occurring microalgae, Prometheus Materials and a team of scientists and engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a carbon zero alternative to carbon intensive portland cement based concrete... suitable for ready mix. In a recent press release, Prometheus Materials, a zero-carbon…

Disadvantages of OIL HEATING Systems being BANNED
Policy and Regulations

Oil Heating Ban in New Homes in Canada, is Gas Next?

From December 2021, Quebec banned oil heating in new homes, and as of 2023 it will even be prohibited to replace or repair oil furnaces. Looked at in detail the new provincial regulations potentially also go for gas heating. Adopted on November 17, 2021 in Quebec, the regulations for banning oil-fired heating…

GOOGLE MAPS update - prioritizes ECO-Friendly ROUTES & Bikes
Commuting

Google Maps updated to show most eco friendly and fuel efficient routes first

Google maps has now been updated to show the most eco friendly route to drivers, as well as adding additional information for bike routes, it's an interesting application of technology. Google just announced that effective immediately, the Google Maps app will feature the most eco-friendly routes for iOS and Android…

NAHB finds Slab on Grade Foundations are Most Popular in 2020
Design

Home foundation trends in 2020 are encouraging for sustainability as slab on grade wins

The National Association of Home Builders just completed a study of home foundation trends for 2020 in the US, and the results were both surprising and encouraging! Slab on grade foundations are a clear winner. It's slab on grade foundations for the win! The NAHB study showed that 65% of new single-family home…

Formica targets Net Carbon Neutral countertop products for 2030

Formica Corporation Announces New Sustainability Goals, Targets Net Carbon Neutrality by 2030

Annual Sustainability Position Paper to detail Formica Corporation’s progress It has been conclusively shown that homebuyers are increasingly looking for green and energy efficient homes, not just for their own benefits but as members of a global community. Homes built with sustainable non-toxic building materials…

Help Us to Help You - 3 Min Survey - Why Eco Homes are the Future
Ecohome

How Can We Help With Your Green Home Project?

Visitors to Ecohome are looking for help & advice for their sustainable construction projects - well, it's our turn to ask for your help. By taking a few minutes to share some insights about your green construction goals, we can plan for the future. Ecohome is a global pioneer in promoting sustainable housing, and…

Water Efficiency News - Trump showerhead laws reversed by Biden
Water

Trump shower head rules reversed by Biden - Water Efficiency is Back !

Water efficiency is the smart use of our water resources through water-saving technologies and simple steps we can all take to Green up our homes. Using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations. We were pleased to hear this week that the Department of Energy in the…

Canadian new vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2035
Commuting

Canada requires all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in 2035 to produce no emissions

Sustainable transport solutions can significantly contribute towards reduced emissions and improving air quality - especially around cities - so Canada is mandating that all vehicles sold in Canada are to be zero emissions by 2035. To build a cleaner and more prosperous economy that creates good jobs while working…

Canada Greener Homes Grants Program 2021 Launches for Home Efficiency
Energy efficiency

Canada Greener Homes Grants retrofit program is launched

The Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 is to help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient, create new jobs across Canada for energy advisors, grow domestic green supply chains, and help fight climate change. Canada launches $2.6B of home improvement grants  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources…