Feds announce funds for green construction projects

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Once the network of test buildings is built, different construction and engineering firms will be able to collaborate and test new products under different conditions, a release from the federal government said.

Alberta Innovates will pitch in $2.8 million while the SSRIA is investing $165,000 bringing total funding for the project over $6.3 million.

Alexander Cohen, press secretary for Joly, said the project will create 20 “highly-qualified” jobs relating to tech development, engineering and software development.

“The application process for the demonstration projects has just commenced; we expect at total of at least 20 highly qualified jobs, but timelines (for when those jobs will be created) will depend on the nature of the projects and applications coming in,” said Cohen.

He said Albertans will see savings from an energy-efficiency position on construction products in the future. He said specifics on other potential monetary saving opportunities will depend on what projects and technologies are taken on.

The network is expected to create materials for walls, roofs and foundations as well as mechanical and electrical system improvements. Software for storing and analyzing a building’s energy efficiency as well as sensors and lighting products that replace energy-consuming products are also expected to be created.

“The operations of our buildings account for 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and as high as two-thirds of emissions in Alberta’s largest cities,” said Tonya Doran, chairwoman of SSRIA, in a release. “Through industry collaboration and innovation, we will develop and disseminate validated solutions to reduce emissions by building higher performing buildings.”

Doran said higher-performing buildings will in turn create savings for the construction industry, engineers, building owners and occupants.

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