Building Code Changes to Support Greener Building Practices

first_imgProposed building and plumbing code regulations released today, Oct. 17, will mean increased energy efficiency for homes and offices in Nova Scotia. “The regulations are updated regularly to make them consistent with Canada’s national building and plumbing codes,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development and Minister of Environment. “But, more importantly, this round of revisions will ensure all new homes and small buildings meet water and energy-efficiency standards, which will save Nova Scotians money and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.” The changes proposed for houses and small buildings will replace and surpass EnerGuide home efficiency goals that were identified in the Environmental Goals and Sustainability Act last year. When the revisions take effect April 1, the goals will be met 21 months earlier than planned. “These efficiency measures will pay for themselves within five years through reduced heating costs, and will continue to pay dividends for the entire lifespan of the building,” said Mr. Parent. “Nova Scotians are telling us they support energy and water conservation measures, and we are pleased to lead the country in responding to that interest.” The revisions are also designed to increase consumer protection by establishing minimum standards for builders who promise customers energy conservation measures. This means customers can be assured that their home is built using improved practices that will translate to lower energy costs. New greywater provisions will address in-home recycling of wastewater from showers or sinks. Other revisions will clarify barrier-free requirements for emergency response facilities and sprinkler requirements for small residential buildings. The deadline for public comments is Wednesday, Dec. 3. The proposed changes are available on the Labour and Workforce Development website at www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/buildingcode/ . People who want to obtain a copy can call Access Nova Scotia at 1-800-670-4357 (toll free in Nova Scotia).last_img read more

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US Media Mohammed VI Radio and Assadissa TV Help Fight Against

Taroudant – American Media Abroad, an institution of U.S. Administration, hailed the efforts of the Moroccan media, such as Mohammed VI Radio and Assadissa TV channel, in effort to fight against radicalization in Morocco.According to the Moroccan Daily Moroccan authorities have received encouragement from the US Administration on this issue.According to the Moroccan Daily, the U.S. administration said, “thanks to Mohammed VI radio and Assadissa TV channel, Morocco has managed to reduce the effect of radicalization.. According to the Moroccan newspaper, Faissal Laraichi, the president of the National Society of Radio-diffusion and Television (SNRT) received a copy of the report from American Media Abroad, hailing the effort made by the Moroccan media to combat terroristic efforts to radicalize Moroccans.Akhbar Al Yaoum said, the US Administration is satisfied with the Moroccan experience in the fight against radicalization through the media, adding that the Moroccan model should be followed by all Arab countries.The same source added that the U.S. institution said, the two Moroccan media outlets attract a significant number of viewers and listeners.America Abroad Media said, “Moroccans who follow these two media outlets are estimated at 6.3 million,” which is already “an important figure” since the Moroccan population is about 33 million.The Moroccan religious model received an international acclaim after religious reforms launched by King Mohammed that aim to give a correct image of Islam, that preaches coexistence, tolerance and respect to other religions.For this purpose, Morocco set up an institute in March 2015, which managed to equip imams with the tools to fight against the radicalization of young Muslims. read more

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UN health agency drug company team up to fight sleeping sickness in

In a statement issued in Geneva and Frankfurt, WHO said Aventis Pharma AG, the pharmaceutical company of Aventis, had committed $25 million to support the agency’s activities in the field of African Trypanosomiasis over a five-year period. The project involves three related efforts – drug donation, disease management, and research and development. “We can now look forward to halting the spread of sleeping sickness,” said Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, WHO Director-General. “As we increase surveillance, treatment and research, there is now reason to hope that we can better control this disease. We are deeply gratified by the impressive commitment of Aventis to this cause. We hope that others, inspired by our work, will join us, as much remains to be done.” Richard J. Markham, Chief Executive Officer of Aventis Pharma, said his company was “delighted” to have forged the partnership with the WHO and to play an important role in combating the disease. “This partnership is an example of a public-private partnership wanting to find viable solutions for life-threatening diseases,” he said. Human African Trypanosomiasis is becoming increasingly more prevalent after it had been close to being eliminated in the early 1960s. It is a parasitic infection transmitted by the tsetse fly. Eventually, it affects the central nervous system, causing severe neurological disorders. If left untreated, it invariably causes the death of the person affected. It is estimated that only about 10 per cent of those suffering from this disease currently receive proper treatment. A number of reasons, including armed conflicts in endemic countries as well as the higher visibility of other diseases in the international community, have led to a dramatic decrease in systematic population screening, which is necessary to control the disease. read more

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