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Tiny Houses are going to be legal in Santa Cruz, California!
Policy and Regulations

Tiny Houses are going to be legal in Santa Cruz, California!

Tiny Homes, Tiny Houses on Wheels (or Thows), Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's), Coach Houses, these are all variations on a theme for affordable, less impactful homes. The main issue to date has been Building Code which was unfavorable to Tiny Homes . Living in a Tiny House in California is getting easier all the time…

The Top Construction Trends for USA & Canada in 2021!
Climate Change

Our Top Home Building Trends for 2021!

With home construction trends for 2021 look towards Net Zero Energy homes, water efficiency, carbon neutral construction, eco friendly prefab kit houses and more - fueled by Government incentives, the future looks Green. After a look back at our predictions for green building trends in 2020, we weren’t really far off…

Greenwashing - CMA Launches a New Investigation to Recognize it and Stop It
Products and Materials

The UK Competition and Markets Authority is investigating "Greenwashing" of Products - Good!

We dislike product "Greenwashing," so it's music to our ears that the CMA in the UK will investigate descriptions and labels used to promote products and services claiming to be ‘eco-friendly’ with Worldwide implications. So what is product Greenwashing? Greenwashing eh? Heard the one about the "Natural Insulation" ri…

Efficiency Capital Achieves Canada's First IREE Certification
Renovation

Efficiency Capital Achieves Canada's First Retrofit IREE Certification

Toronto's Woodgreen Project leads the way for energy retrofits in affordable Green housing in achieving the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification. Efficiency Capital’s energy efficiency retrofit project across several WoodGreen Community Housing buildings is the first project in Canada to achieve the I…

California adds $1,500 incentive for new electric vehicles - Nov 2020
Commuting

California adds $1,500 incentive for new electric vehicles! Total state + fed incentives = up to $13.5K

Total state + federal incentives in California for buying or indeed leasing a new electric vehicle are now up to $13.5K. There's some good news (finally!) for the Californians among us who want to drive Electric Vehicles in 2020!  As you may have already heard, California has created a “Clean Fuel Rewards” program, wh…

The tallest Passive House in the world will soon be built in Vancouver BC
Urban planning

Passive House reaches new heights in Vancouver Canada!

Ecohome has a number of awards for building groundbreaking sustainable homes, but Passive House projects on this scale are breathtaking in the way they are pushing the boundaries - Hats off to Architect Tom Wright. Vancouver, Canada established their place as a leader in reducing carbon footprints of cities and homes…

2019 Renewables produced more Electric than Coal, Gas, Oil
Renewable Energy

In 2019, renewable energy sources produced more power in the US than fossil fuels

In 2019, renewable energy sources accounted for the majority of power used in the US, the first time since 1885 that coal was not the country's main source of power. Energy generated by fossil fuels has dominated the globe for generations. Some countries have pushed for a faster transition to cleaner fuels than others…

Renewable Energy - Houston goes for 100% green
Renewable Energy

City of Houston to be powered with 100% renewable energy

Houston, Texas to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2025 as part climate change mitigation strategy to become carbon neutral by 2050. City of Houston to be powered with 100% renewable energy  In April, 2020, The City of Houston announced a renewed deal with NRG Energy as the City’s retail electric provider, with…

Heat Reflective Paint for Roofs & Walls, Does it Work?
Products and Materials

A new reflective paint can reduce energy consumption & lower cooling bills

A new type of two layered paint in a range of colors has been developed by researchers at Columbia University in New York that can save energy & reduce cooling bills. Sounding too good to be true, we took a closer look. Reflective paint keeps buildings cool & lowers AC bills Studies show that a recently-developed refl…

New Tiny House Laws in San Jose California Passed
Policy and Regulations

Tiny Houses on Wheels Approved in San Jose, California

Ordinance Approval Will Permit Movable Tiny Homes as Habitable Accessory Dwelling units (ADU) & changes the laws for tiny houses on wheels in California. Tiny house living is a growing trend across the US and Canada, but the question ‘are tiny homes green?’ has always been a hard one to answer since most cities have…

When a house becomes a #stayathome
Ecohome

When a House becomes a #stayathome

Our houses aren't generally where most of us spend most time, but for the next few weeks at least we're mostly #stayathome - Ecohome helps houses become better Homes, at a safe distance.   During these challenging times, The Ecohome Network is continuing to bring people together virtually, helping people turn houses i…