Category Archives: Technology

Vancouver’s Green Buildings Policy Is Good News

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED, Vancouver’s green buildings policy is good news for homeowners & renters

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Karen Tam Wu, Lee Loftus

This week, Vancouver is taking an important step toward making our homes and buildings healthier, greener, and more efficient. On May 1, the City of Vancouver’s updated Green Buildings Policy for Rezonings comes into effect, mandating that new commercial and multi-unit residential buildings be built to standards that ensure they are airtight and soundproof, and have excellent insulation and ventilation. Buildings constructed under the new rules will emit about half as much carbon pollution as older buildings, making a significant contribution to the city’s goal of using only renewable sources of energy by 2050.

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Republican Senators Apply Alternate Facts To PACE Financing

The ECOreport looks at why three Republican senators apply alternate facts to PACE financing

By Roy L Hales

There have been some pretty strange “goings on” in Washington since the Republicans took over. Confronted with facts they didn’t like, the new administration came up with the concept of “alternate facts” that are more in line with the way they want people to think. This has gone beyond the White House. With the new Protecting Americans from Credit Exploitation (PACE) Act, three Republican senators apply alternate facts to PACE financing.

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The Ultimate Tiny Condo

The ECOreport reposts new of one way to relieve pressure from Western Canada’s housing market, the ultimate tiny condo.

Originally Published on University of Alberta News

By Bev Betkowski

It’s no bigger than a cozy living room, but a tiny condo built by a University of Alberta researcher gives an exciting glimpse into the big picture of what future housing could be—affordable, functional and human.
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25,000 Canadians Seek Justice For The Mount Polley Disaster

The ECOreport reposts an update on the lawsuit, 25,000 Canadians Seek Justice For The Mount Polley Disaster

Originally Published on Mining Watch

Williams Lake (B.C.), March 27 2017. As Federal Crown Prosecutors move today in B.C. provincial court to stay (i.e. shelve) MiningWatch’s private charges over the Mount Polley mine disaster, the mining watchdog is releasing the names of over 25,000 Canadians who have endorsed a petition urging the Trudeau government not to let those responsible off the hook for the biggest mining spill in Canada’s history. Local residents, regional groups, and First Nations support the effort to enforce the Fisheries Act.
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Biotechnology’s Contribution To A Sustainable Economy

The ECOreport reposts an Op Ed from Germany, Biotechnology’s contribution to in a sustainable economy

Originally Published on the Technical University of Munich News

In July 2015, the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection set up the project group “Resource-friendly Biotechnology in Bavaria – BayBiotech.” The aim is to contribute to resource-friendliness through application specific research projects in the field of biotechnology and to support the transition to a sustainable bio-economy. Today scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of Bayreuth presented the results of their research in Erlangen.
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The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation Says No To Ajax Mines

The ECOreport looks at the reasons the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation Says No To Ajax Mines

By Roy L Hales

The mining sector may be struggling, but it is still big business in British Columbia. According to the Northern Miner,mining is “one of the hottest sectors of the Canadian stock market.” At the beginning of this year, there were 702 British Columbia based mineral exploration and mining companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSXV exchanges. Some of the A BC Liberal party’s biggest campaign contributors are mining companies. Though KGHM Ajax Mines is not one of them, having forked out a mere $55,450,1 a new mining start would definitely bolster Premier Christy Clark’s image within the industry. Only there is more at stake than money when it comes to a proposed 2,500-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine on the outskirts of the city of Kamloops. This is an area that local first nations consider sacred and after careful deliberation, the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation says no to Ajax Mines.

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  1. KGHM AJAX MINING INC’s donations to the BC Liberal Party: 2013/03/01 – $2,000.00;  2013/12/31 – $10,000.00; 2014/03/28 – $1,000.00; 2014/03/28 – $2,000.00; 2014/04/14 – $400.00; 2014/07/04 – $250.00; 2014/07/04 – $250.00; 2014/10/10 – $10,000.00 ; 2015/03/06  – $2,000.00 ; 2015/04/10 – $5,000.00 ; 2015/06/19 – $2,000.00; 2015/11/20 – $20,000.00 ; KGHM INTERNATIONAL’s donations to the BC Liberal Party:  2015/02/13 – $550.00

America’s Largest Net Zero Plus Building

The ECOreport looks at how America’s largest net zero plus building illustrates the future of energy efficient design

By Roy L Hales

The first zero net energy building in the United States was erected at the beginning of this century. In California this standard has penetrated the residential market and every new home will have to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020. The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI),  in Greater Los Angeles, goes further. America’s largest net zero plus building is expected to generate an additional 185,000 KWh of electricity by the end of year one.

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The Value Of Energy Efficient Homes

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed on the value of  energy efficient homes to Canada’s development

Originally Published in The Hill Times

By Vivian Chung, Dylan Heerema

There is growing recognition across the country of the importance of buildings and energy efficiency to combatting climate change and meeting our commitments under the Paris Agreement. Because nearly a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions are linked to homes and buildings, improving the energy efficiency of our built environment is one of the federal government’s key action areas for climate action.

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British Columbia’s Green Buildings

The ECOreport reposts an update  from the Pembina Institute, British Columbia’s Green Buildings

Originally Posted on the Pembina Institute

By Karen Tam Wu

France was a hub of the Renaissance, an era that saw landmark buildings built in Paris, including parts of the Louvre. So it’s fitting that the UN climate conference in Paris will host the inaugural Buildings Day. This is an important opportunity to chart a new course for how we can all use energy more efficiently within our homes and buildings.

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Morningstar Approves Of PACE

The ECOreport looks at their latest report and finds Morningstar approves of PACE

By Roy L Hales

As the Wallstreet Journal once put it, “Morningstar stands alone” in their field. The Chicago based research firm has provided the leading qualitative and quantitative analysis of more than 540,000 investment stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles. Thus their opinion of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is weighty and their new report makes it obvious that Morningstar approves of PACE.

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