Though these are welcome changes to anyone who has endured noisy neighbours, the changes will not result in an immediate noise reduction for all as they are only applicable to new buildings. If you are facing noisy neighbours, there is some relief for existing multi-unit home owners.
When the Fort McMurray and surrounding community was left reeling from the recent wildfire disaster, it wasn't just Alberta communities, governments and the Canadian Red Cross that pitched in to help out. The home building industry in the province also stepped up to lend a helping hand.
It wasn't very long ago that the whole idea of a net-zero home seemed exotic, futuristic and, oh yes, expensive. Well, they don't have to be. By 2015, the Landmark Group of Builders says all of its new homes will be net-zero ready.