Policy and Regulations

Disadvantages of OIL HEATING Systems being BANNED
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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…

Carbon Tax USA & Canada - If it brings investment to lower carbon then it's good
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Carbon tax in Canada or USA – How More Tax might be a Good Thing

Raising taxes is usually something that dips into all wallets - but the Carbon tax, applied correctly to target consumption, may be the best thing that ever happened for the North American construction industry and homeowners. I was a carpenter/contractor for decades, during and in between university. In 2008 an old…

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

New Tiny House Laws in San Jose California Passed
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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…

Ontario's new building-codes for Legal Laneway Homes Toronto
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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…

BC Energy Step Code - Building Sustainable Homes in Canada
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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…