By Katie D. Horsley and Erin C. KelleherThe article continuesThe plastic model which has become the standard for keeping plastic out of homes has been deemed to be an overkill by the government of Canada.
The Government of Canada has now announced that it is dropping the requirement to use plastic fencing for all types of building and building products.
Instead, it will instead require that all types and sizes of materials such as plastic fencing, wood boards, stucco, plywood and glass be made from recycled materials.
“The change in the way the building industry and the economy works is so dramatic and so profound, we think that it’s the right thing to do,” said Dr. Anne Thompson, the minister of environmental and municipal affairs, in a statement.
“The Canadian government recognizes that building materials are not the only solution to climate change and is committed to making sure our country is built and maintained in a sustainable way.”
“The Government has worked closely with the industry and government agencies to develop a new set of regulations that will allow us to focus on building materials,” Thompson added.
“As a result, we are reducing the number of plastic materials in our construction materials and in building products in the future.”
The announcement came as a surprise to many.
The federal government said that while the plastic fence has long been an important part of building safety, the government has decided to move on.
“As the Government of the Province of Ontario and its Member Agencies, we have been working closely with Canadian manufacturers and suppliers to develop this new standard for building materials and construction,” said a statement from the Ministry of Environmental and Municipal Affairs.
“With this change, we will continue to work with industry to develop and test this new product that will provide a more cost-effective and efficient way to build a building.”
We recognize that building standards are changing, and this change will be part of that evolution.
The Government will continue its work to ensure the continued safety and environmental sustainability of our construction, building and home products.
“The decision to replace the old fencing with a new one is expected to save the Canadian industry more than $100 million a year.
In the long run, the new material will also save money because it will be made of recycled materials and will be much more resilient.
However, the change will also mean that the new product is more expensive to produce.
The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (NESD) estimates that the cost of producing the new fencing will increase by $15 million per year for each unit of fencing.
In a statement, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said that the decision to use recycled materials was a “good move.””
With this announcement, the NFIB will continue our efforts to keep the Canadian building industry on track with climate change,” the organization added.”
However, we believe that the government should have the flexibility to change the rules when appropriate and that manufacturers can and should do that.”
“With this announcement, the NFIB will continue our efforts to keep the Canadian building industry on track with climate change,” the organization added.
The NFIB also criticized the government for not taking any action on the issue.
“When it comes to building standards, we know the government is slow to act and take action, but the NFIA believes that if the government takes action, the entire industry should be doing the same,” the NFIPB said.
“A strong and resilient industry is a key driver of economic growth, and it is essential that this sector continue to meet its goals of sustainability and climate change.”
In a separate statement, Greenpeace Canada said that Canada’s decision to ditch the plastic fencing would be a “victory for all of us.”
“We are thrilled to see the Canadian government finally acknowledge that the plastic barrier is an expensive, damaging and dangerous tool that has made building safer for generations of Canadians,” the group said.
“We applaud the government’s commitment to building safer, more environmentally sustainable, more sustainable buildings and are pleased that this decision has resulted in a positive change in Canada’s building and construction industry.”
“But with the decision by the Canadian and international building industries to continue using the old plastic fencing as a standard, the Canadian Government is going to be in a better position to ensure that Canada stays on track to meet the international commitments to reduce carbon emissions,” Greenpeace said.