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Halton Healthcare receives more than $920,000 for green building at Oakville hospital

Halton Healthcare has received more than $920,000 in incentives for the installation of energy-efficient equipment in the construction of the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

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CMHC increases premium refunds for energy efficient houses

Effective immediately, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is increasing its CMHC Green Home premium refund from 10% to as much as 25% depending on the level of energy-efficiency achieved. Introduced in 2004, CMHC Green Home offers a partial premium refund to borrowers who buy, build or renovate for energy efficiency using CMHC-insured financing.

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How urban renewal projects lead to sustainable cities

There are many problems that are causing problems in large cities in 2016.  More and more city planners and leadership in big cities are turning to urban renewal projects to help push their cities towards sustainable growth. This is often easier said than done, however it is far from impossible

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Iqaluit pool construction on time, on budget, manager says

The construction of Iqaluit’s new aquatic facility is proceeding on schedule for a 2017 completion date and might even come in below budget.

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A look at a zero-emission air-conditioning system

The ingenuity of four space engineers has created a zero-emission air-conditioning system that doesn’t pollute our atmosphere when we turn it on.

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Built Green Canada Launches Third Annual Challenge to Municipalities

Built Green Canada issued its third annual challenge to municipalities across the country to encourage sustainable building policies. The challenge is marked by a growing number of municipalities including District of North Vancouver, Edmonton, Kelowna, Penticton, Regina, Saanich, Surrey and Victoria who have proclaimed June 8 as BUILT GREEN® Day, while m­­ore municipalities are endorsing third-party certified programs toward creating sustainable communities, including Built Green’s.

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Tesla Powerwall set to charge up Canadian homes

The Tesla Powerwall home battery system should finally be appearing in the basements and garages of Canadian homes this summer, giving people a chance to store solar power or time-shift their electricity consumption.

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HOOPP honours property managers for sustainability and environmental stewardship

The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) honoured its property managers and tenants for excellence in energy performance and environmental sustainability at a ceremony last night in Vancouver.

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This Dutch town will grow its own food, live off-grid, and handle its own waste

A new vision of a more sustainable 'integrated neighbourhood' community is being implemented in the Netherlands, with the first of a series of high-tech farm villages set to be completed next year. 

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Two architects are building a house with bricks made from old construction waste

Nina Aalbers and her boyfriend Ferry in ‘t Veld, architecture graduates of the Technical University of Delft, found the perfect place to build their first house together. The twist? They’re building it from waste.

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Minister Glen Murray to Speak At Grey to Green 2016: Addressing Climate Change with Green Infrastructure

Conference to explore how billions of dollars in green infrastructure assets can be leveraged to help us address climate change mitigation and adaptation

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Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?

Fueled by the wood products industry (a $200 billion market, if you include paper), sustainability issues, and emerging ideas from building science, wood buildings are no longer pastoral artifacts. According to many scientists and architects—and not a few wood lobbyists—they’re the future. But not everyone agrees.

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Time to reclaim B.C.ís climate leadership

Seven members of Premier Christy Clark’s Climate Leadership Team are voicing concern that the B.C. government has still not released a new Climate Leadership Plan that is needed if B.C. is to meet its legislated climate targets. 

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Incentives to retrofit buildings part of Ontario's $7-billion climate change plan

The Ontario government will spend more than $7-billion over four years on a sweeping climate change plan that will affect every aspect of life – from what people drive to how they heat their homes and workplaces – in a bid to slash the province’s carbon footprint.

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Beyond Status Quo Partners Development Group: The Way Forward

Partners Development Group set out to prove that affordability doesn’t have to mean a lesser quality build. This is where durable, quality homes and sustainable building practices intersect. Many people are unaware that sustainable builds don’t have to be cost prohibitive.

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