Green Building Standards

On Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 in Get Involved
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Green Building StandardsThe advent of climate-change makes reducing energy consumption a necessity.

17% of all energy consumed in Canada is used to power homes. Most of this consumption is waste resulting from inefficient appliances, home design, and insulation.  It is cheaper to build an energy-efficient home than it is to retrofit one that is not,

Help Elizabeth encourage a new national building code! Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.

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194 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.

Your petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to work with the provinces and territories to develop a new national building code that reduces overall energy demand to 15% of what current structures use.

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  • Neil

    Lots of 100 year old homes being torn down in my heritage neighbourhood and being replaced with new builds. Many dumpsters full of who knows what head for the landfill. Efficiency at what cost? If we mandate the sorting, recycling and proper disposal of construction and demo waste then we can get some real cost numbers and make good decisions, not just make good statistics.

  • Hausboy

    Neil,
    You are correct that there is a lot of waste in demolition and that is true of new construction also. The building industry in Canada is driven solely by economics. Whichever option is cheapest is the one a builder will pursue in order to maximize profit at that moment. Only through building codes and enforcement will the situation change.
    The petition to improve building codes is for new construction only. I encourage you to sign it and start a petition related to demolition and recycling of construction materials.

  • Guillaume Farley

    A good insulation is a most for a northern country.
    40 % of energy consumption of residential building is for the hot water, therefore, we could gain much by adding passive solar. The gain is also available to existing building.
    The typical home designer try to please the client. If the client choose to build a brick home, the designer will propose a costfull house with a high carbon price.
    It’s too rare to see new strawhouse or even new wood house. These 2 would probably gain in a carbon and cost competition.
    The earthship design is efficient and could keep us from burning all the tires.
    The national code must not be restrictive to efficient technologies or designs.
    I would also recommend, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_cooling_tubes to save on both cooling and heating.

  • Léa Maro Langelier

    … one that is not,” <-typo. Requires a period, not a comma.

  • revilo

    We must stop building crappy wood frame homes with minimal building codes. Make “Net zero” homes mandatory and NOT to wait til 2030. Also insulating old homes, but placing at least 15cm of foam on the outside. Especially if the old home is double brick or stone, then you can use the brick/stone as a thermal mass (which is missing in all crappy wood framed homes)

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