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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 - the new BC Energy Step Code is only one example - find out more about how to do a Blower Door Test . Read more about Vancouver's Greenest City Initiat...

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

Ontario clarifies building-code for legal laneway homes in Toronto

...code official in Vancouver, where similar fire safety rules were applied to that city’s Laneway House Program following on from the EcoDensity Program and with ...

Energy efficiency

Vancouver tests Passive House efficiency with the Ice Box Challenge

...Code and the other to Passive House standards - were erected in the Olympic Village Square. The base level of building codes in Canada are higher than those in ...

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!

Living in a Tiny House in California is getting easier all the time. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors recently voted 5-0 in favor of ordinances to le...

Tiny Houses now Legal in Washington State

Tiny Houses - Washington State legalizes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA and Tiny houses have historically been unable to meet the size and technical requirements for single - family dwellings in local WA building codes as they...


Got a Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

...Code of Canada including single- and multi-family housing, both new and renovated. Commercial, institutional, industrial and interior projects outside of Part...

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 that are being widely adopted are often so much more stringent than existing building codes. Energy efficiency performance has never improved so dramatica...

Ikea - Just How Sustainable is the Swedish Big-Box Furniture Retailer?
Products and Materials

Ikea Sustainability and their new Sell-Back Program

...code. Once processed, an IKEA co-worker from the selected store will respond with an in-store credit offer or decline. 4. If you receive an offer, bring the p...

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

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

...code. CARB offers a similar service through DriveClean . Here's an interesting hack for example, a low to moderate income EV customer who purchases a non-Tesl...

NAHB finds Slab on Grade Foundations are Most Popular in 2020

Home foundation trends in 2020 are encouraging for sustainability as slab on grade wins normally require that foundations be built below the frost line are predominately constructed with full or partial basements. The region with the highest ...

Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

2015 Award Winning Project: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

...Code for Buildings [MNECB]. This is achieved through a combination of passive design and highly-efficient mechanical systems. The passive design starts with a...