Built Environment

Solar Energy Society Seminar: PassivHaus Building Design

Dec 9 2010 - 2:00am

PassivHaus Building Design
Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Stuart Fix, Vital Engineering

Free presentation and discussion. No registration required. Free refreshments at 6:30 pm

Popular in Europe for years, the German PassivHaus design standard aims to design buildings that do not require active heating or cooling systems. In reality this is not possible, but through radical envelope upgrades and optimized solar gain design, a Passive House building will require only 15kWh/m2yr to heat, roughly corresponding to a 90% reduction over code built buildings. Passive House buildings focus on reducing a building’s energy loads to an optimized minimum, before renewable energy technologies are sized. Capital cost savings are generated through reduced mechanical system size, which can nearly offset the capital cost increases due to the envelope upgrades. This presentation will explain the Passive House design method, highlight its advantages & disadvantages, and give an overview of the Passive House movement’s growth in Canada. Read more about Solar Energy Society Seminar: PassivHaus Building Design

Location

CN Theatre Rm 5-142, 105 Street Building
Grant MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105 Street & 104 Avenue)
Edmonton , AB

Re-imagining Existing Buildings Through Sustainable Retrofits

Nov 25 2010 - 2:00am

Free presentation and discussion. No registration required. Free refreshments at 6:30 pm + Read more about Re-imagining Existing Buildings Through Sustainable Retrofits

Location

CN Theatre Rm 5-142 (105 Street Building)
Grant MacEwan University – City Centre Campus (105 Street and 104 Avenue)
Edmonton , AB

What lies beneath? Accessing environmental information on real estate

The Environmental Law Centre has made the materials from their "What lies beneath? Accessing environmental information on real estate" webinar available to view online or download.

"I would never have bought if I knew..."

 

Are you a homebuyer, seller, real estate agent, or lawyer? Whether your concern is "due diligence" or "buyer beware," the practical challenge is the same: at this time there is no one-stop shopping for environmental information in Alberta.

 

On October 13, Environmental Law Centre Staff Counsel Adam Driedzic presented a webinar about accessing environmental records. This session gave special attention to the property condition and emerging online services.

Read more about What lies beneath? Accessing environmental information on real estate

The New Sustainable Home — Going Beyond Green: Building Holistic, Healthy, Traditional Earth Buildings

Jun 16 2010 - 12:30am to 3:30am

Marcus McCabe, director of Hempire Building Materials is an accomplished scientist, plasterer, hemp-lime builder, straw bale builder and Permaculturalist who has been researching experimental building materials since the early nineties. He is going to be in Calgary this month speaking at an information/ Q&A evening for both public and industry interested in sustainable building technologies for both residential and commercial applications. 

$15.00 (Calgary Dollars accepted) Read more about The New Sustainable Home — Going Beyond Green: Building Holistic, Healthy, Traditional Earth Buildings

Location

3rd Floor, Calgary Public Library
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary , AB

Approaching Net Zero Energy at the Lowest Possible Cost: A Step-by-Step Path

Apr 15 2010 - 1:00am

Peter Amerongen, Habitat Studio and Workshop Ltd.

Free presentation and discussion. Free refreshments at 6:30 pm

Getting as close as possible to Net Zero Energy here on the northern prairies can be a daunting and expensive challenge. With our cold weather and long winter nights it requires a careful blend of conservation in all its forms, passive and active solar collection, as well as solar electricity.

Having worked through the obstacles to net zero energy for three successful projects to date Peter Amerongen, of Habitat Studio and Workshop Ltd, has begun to identify a logical series of steps for designing for maximum net energy reduction at the lowest incremental cost. The sequence that he will present will apply as well to net zero ready and near zero projects. Read more about Approaching Net Zero Energy at the Lowest Possible Cost: A Step-by-Step Path

Location

CN Theatre Rm 5-142
Grant MacEwan University — 105 Street Building (105 Street and 105 Avenue)
Edmonton , AB

'Green Pros' Directory Launch

Mar 28 2009 - 1:30am

Fresh 'Green Pros' Directory Helps Homeowners Renovate Stress-free

Green Pros, A fresh green online directory has sprouted this Spring, promising to connect Edmontonians with leading professionals who will help green their homes and lifestyles. Sponsoring company Raising Spaces chose to launch Green Pros just in time for the City of Edmonton's Earth Hour celebration on Saturday March 27th, 2010 to let residents know that a green helping hand is available for their next home reno. Read more about 'Green Pros' Directory Launch

Location

City Hall
Edmonton , AB

A Super-Insulated Retrofit —The Option for Existing Houses

Mar 11 2010 - 2:00am

Presented by Harold Orr

Free presentation and discussion. Free refreshments at 6:30 pm +

Start with your existing house to save energy, money and green house gas emissions! Come and hear Canada’s legendary figure in energy efficient construction present the findings from his latest project. This talk will be of interest to home owners, builders, engineers and architects. Read more about A Super-Insulated Retrofit —The Option for Existing Houses

Location

CN Theatre Room 5-142, 105 Street Building
Grant MacEwan University (105 Street and 105 Avenue)
Edmonton , AB

SESCI Seminar Series: Extreme Energy Efficiency - The Nuts and Bolts of a Better Building Envelope

Jan 14 2010 - 2:00am to 4:00am

Say goodbye to your furnace? Habitat Studio and Workshop has successfully built three homes in Edmonton that are so efficient that they can be each be heated on a -30C day with a few hair dryers. How did they do it? The builders of these homes will be sharing detailed tips and techniques on how to do this without breaking the bank. This presentation on the future of cold-climate construction will be of interest to builders, designers, and homeowners. Read more about SESCI Seminar Series: Extreme Energy Efficiency - The Nuts and Bolts of a Better Building Envelope

Location

CN Theatre, Room #5-142
Grant MacEwan University, 105 Street Building (105 Street and 104 Avenue)
Edmonton , AB

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