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Ontario's new building-codes for Legal Laneway Homes Toronto
Policy and Regulations

Ontario clarifies building-code for legal laneway homes in Toronto

In a landmark appeal case Ontario BCC has clarified building-code for laneway homes making it easier to get a permit for legal Tiny Houses in Toronto from May 2020 with shared access & sprinklers legally accepted… Toronto’s New Laneway Suite Program bylaw gives hope for Tiny Homes After buying a home on Manning Ave in…

Carbon Emissions in the US reduced in 2019 - IEA Report Reveals
Climate Change

Carbon emissions declined in US in 2019 - a glimmer of hope for climate change goals?

How is the world doing in lowering carbon emissions and meeting global climate change goals? The latest report by the International Energy Agency looks at 2019 to find out… This week the International Energy Agency released its report on global CO2 emissions, which totaled 33 gigatons of carbon released globally in 20…

Sky Group to open carbon neutral film studio by 2022
Climate Change

Media giant Sky set to build carbon neutral film studio just outside London, UK

Sky Group attempting to reach status of Net Zero Carbon by the year 2030, and their new Carbon Neutral studio will help them reach that sustainability goal.… The Sky Group claims that their new UK studios will be the most eco-friendly and sustainable TV and film production hub in the world. We tend to believe that, s…

World's First All Electric Commercial Aircraft Test Flight Richmond Vancouver BC
Renewable Energy

World's First All-electric Commercial Aircraft - Successful Test Flight Richmond Vancouver BC

Harbour Air, the largest seaplane operator in North America, is on course to become the world’s first all-electric seaplane carrier, with test flights of a retrofitted de Havilland Beaver set to take to the skies over Vancouver… The Gulf Islands off Vancouver BC are awesome, as is the excitement of taking a float-plan…

SUMO EV Car Sharing Launched in White Rock & Surrey BC
Commuting

New EV car-sharing program SUMO launched in Surrey & White Rock, British Columbia

New EV car-sharing program launched in Surrey & White Rock, British Columbia, 2000 electric vehicles promised for SUMO - first in Canada… Shared Use Mobility Company Inc (SUMO) launches car sharing  A developer in South Surrey / White Rock BC is launching an all-electric car-share company that intends to make 2,000 sh…

#BuildingLife #WGBW2019
Climate Change

This week is World Green Building Week - & EcoHome makes its pledge

This World Green Building Week, (as well as every week!) we’re #BuildingLife and exploring how we can create a green, healthy and climate resilient built environment for all… World Green Building Week (23 – 29 September 2019) is an annual campaign that motivates and empowers us all to deliver greener buildings - somet…

BC Energy Step Code - Building Sustainable Homes in Canada
Policy and Regulations

BC Leads the way in energy efficient housing and green job creation though the BC Energy Step Code

BC Energy Step Code - A step in the right direction for Sustainable home building in Canada… This step follows in the path of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 initiative, which began in 2009, with the Greenest City Action Team masterminded & co-chaired by Gregor Robertson, at that time Mayor of Vancouver, and David R. B…

Tesla Solar Panel Special Offer USA September 2019
Renewable Energy

Solar Panels Special Offer from Tesla in US - September 2019!

Tesla Solar Panels "free" for US clients in September! If you do the math, this Tesla Solar panel rental special offer is actually even better than free - because if you live in the sunnier US states with the highest electricity costs, those solar installations are going to produce more payback than they cost to rent.…

Smart Homes of the Future, Survey reveals what Adults & Kids think sustainable
Innovation

The Future of Smart Homes, a recent survey explores how our homes will change to respond to climate change

With climate change on everyone's lips, this UK survey of over 2000 people gives some interesting insights on their thoughts about homes in the future...… Smart Homes of the Future  On one hand we have what "the experts" think Smart Homes of the future will be like, with 'Intelligent' temperature-controlled bed sheets…

Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declared by UK Architects
Climate Change

UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

Buildings & Construction play a major part in climate change & biodiversity loss - nearly 40% of CO2 emissions - EcoHome signed the Pledge… Climate change & biodiversity loss are a fact - so what can we do? Climate change & biodiversity loss are the most serious issues we can have a positive impact on by changing some…

Tiny Houses now Legal in Washington State
Design

Tiny Houses - Washington State legalizes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

Tiny Houses – New Washington State Legislation ESSB 5383 Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages & minimum building codes for construction… New WA State Legislation Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages: Tiny houses, also colloquially referred to as tiny homes, are both an increasingly attractive and affordable ho…