Sustainable housing

Housing built using best-practice sustainable techniques can have positive implications for health, energy use, water use, wildfire resistance, and contributing to suppressing the flood/drought cycles we are now experiencing. For instance, many governments around the world have implemented the existing international straw bale code (straw bale houses survived direct hits in the California wildfires) and greywater re-use. Tax breaks that encourage accepted passive solar siting and design and rainwater collection can radically reduce BC's carbon footprint, and similarly encouraging landscape (whether residential, governmental, or corporate) which harvests and hold rainwater in the soil can decrease spring flooding and increase our resistance to summer drought and wildfires in urban areas. Our current legislation actively suppresses innovation and encourages contractor-built generic homes which pay no attention to energy usage or any other sustainability measures.

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