• Alberta's GlasCurtain wins the Canada Innovation Competition (Government of Alberta, March 20, 2014). Congratulations to GlasCurtain, the first winner of the Canada Innovation Competition launched last November in the United Kingdom. GlasCurtain headed to London, UK for Ecobuild March 4 to 6 to highlight its winning curtain wall framing system at the Canada Innovation Showcase in the Canadian Pavilion.

  • Government of Canada launches tool to help Canadian businesses grow and create jobs (Government of Canada, December 2, 2014). Concierge Service to help SMEs access available government programs in one-stop shop

  • Alberta @ Ecobuild 2014 (February 3, 2014). Alberta will be represented at Ecobuild, March 4-6, 2014, in London UK, the World’s largest green build event which attracted over 910 exhibitors (15 from Canada) and more than 43,000 visitors in 2013.

  • Net-zero concrete duplex wins top construction award (Technology4Change, December 12, 2013). Efficient housing solution serves as potential model for future sustainable development.

  • Airdrie students to benefit from new school (Government of Alberta, December 18, 2013). The new school will be built in west Airdrie to help address enrolment pressures. The school will serve as many as 600 Rocky View School Division Kindergarten to Grade 4 students.

  • Canadian government and NRC to develop innovative vehicles and construction materials (On-Site Canada's Construction Magazine, November 11, 2014). The Government of Canada and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have launched a five-year, $55-million initiative to help create more fuel-efficient vehicles and greener construction materials.

  • New schools in Calgary and Edmonton (Government of Alberta, December 13, 2013). Calgary’s new school will be built in Aspen Woods, benefitting as many as 750 Kindergarten to Grade 6 Roman Catholic Separate School District students; and Edmonton’s new school will be built in Windermere, benefitting as many as 750 Kindergarten to Grade 9 Catholic Separate School District students.

  • New schools for Fort McMurray (Government of Alberta, December 13, 2013). These school projects are two of six new Alberta schools being announced this December. Together, the new schools will provide 4,200 new student spaces.

  • Grande Prairie and Grimshaw students and communities to benefit from new schools (Government of Alberta, December 12, 2013). The Redford government will invest in three new school projects in two of the province’s fastest growing communities as part of its Building Alberta Plan.

  • Minister Rabbitte announces Preferred Applicant for investment of €35 million in an Energy Efficiency Fund (Government of Ireland, November 29, 2013). Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte T.D., today announced Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) as the Preferred Applicant for the creation of a €70 million Irish Energy Efficiency Fund.

  • $55M automotive, construction biomaterials program launched (Canadian Manufacturing, November 4, 2013). The federal government is launching a biomaterials program to accelerate the development of green vehicles and buildings. Announced by Minister of State (Science and Technology) Greg Rickford, the five-year, $55-million program is aimed at turning agricultural and forestry byproducts into new, more environmentally-friendly materials.

  • Mega Asian shopping mall with 500 spaces planned for north of Calgary (Calgary Herald, October 15, 2013). A mega mall just north of Calgary will house more than 500 retail stores, services and restaurants. The New Horizon Mall is a unique, traditional Asian shopping centre concept with modern architecture where condo spaces in the centre will be for sale to retailers or investors as opposed to the traditional model of leasing.

  • SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts announces Calgary Beltline-area Residence Inn® by Marriott Hotel (SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, October 10, 2013). SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce that it plans to construct a new hotel and SilverBirch Conference Centre in Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhood. The 360-room Residence Inn by Marriott will be built on the former site of the Alberta Boot Company at the corner of 10th Avenue and 5th Street SW.

  • Clean-energy projects get $46M from carbon fund (Edmonton Journal, October 11, 2013). Eight renewable energy projects, which include plans to store wind energy in batteries and a new system for converting municipal waste into fuel pellets, were selected to receive $46 million from Alberta's carbon fund on Thursday.

  • More temporary housing opens to support Albertans rebuilding after the floods (Government of Alberta, October 11, 2013). A second temporary neighbourhood to house people impacted by the floods fully opens on Tuesday, October 15.

  • Engineering firms chosen for upstream flood mitigation (October 1, 2013) As part of efforts to reduce the impact of future floods, the Government of Alberta has hired two engineering firms to examine flood risk reduction measures.

  • Redford government looks to ease condominium disputes (Government of Alberta, September 20, 2013). A new, timely and affordable dispute resolution process will help protect Alberta condominium owners.

  • Construction pace rises 13 per cent (Calgary Herald, September 13, 2013). The Calgary census metropolitan area saw construction start on 571 single-family homes, up from 505 homes during the same time in 2012, says Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

  • University of Alberta nano-tech discovery would make solar panels cheaper, lighter (Edmonton Journal, August 29, 2013). Jillian Buriak and a team of researchers have run a four-year experiment that has pulled together the best of scientific research and public policy thinking, resulting in a new solar cell that could be used around the world.

  • Study finds Albertans file few complaints about wind power (Pembina Institute, July 25, 2013). Albertans file very few complaints about wind power projects once those projects are operating, a new study by the Pembina Institute has found.

  • Alberta-Germany Collaboration Fund Symposium 2013 (BioAlberta, July 11, 2013). The German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR) is currently inviting expressions of interest from Alberta small and medium-sized companies for a three-day symposium in Germany, in November 2013. Applications are due July 20, 2013.

  • EU and Industry Invest in Growing Bio-based Products (NNFCC, July 10, 2013). The European Commission, EU Member States and European industry is set to invest more than €22 billion over the next seven years in innovation for sectors that deliver high quality jobs.

  • The Ministry for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan, signs two sets of building regulations (July 5, 2013). The Building Regulations (Part D Amendment) and the European Untion (Construction Products) Regulations are available on the Ministry for the Environment, Community and Local Government website.

  • Peavey Mart installing electric vehicle charging stations at Alberta outlets (Edmontonton Journal, June 5, 2013). Peavey Mart is installing electric vehicle charging stations at all locations, including this on in Red Deer, which is becoming popular with electric car owners travelling between Edmonton and Calgary.

  • Scientists develop new way to store renewable energy (Tim Sandle, Digital Journal, June 2, 2013). Scientists based in Canada have developed a new technique for converting electricity into chemical energy. This could lead to improvements to the way that homeowners and businesses capture and re-use solar power.

  • BluEarth Renewables to Purchase Four Utility-Scale Solar Power Plants From Canadian Solar (PRNewswire-FirstCall, June 5, 2013). Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has entered into a sales agreement with a BluEarth Renewables Inc. subsidiary, whereby BluEarth will acquire from Canadian Solar four utility-scale solar power plants totaling 38.5MWac valued at over C$225.0 million.

  • Edmonton city council passes new arena deal (CBC News, May 15, 2013). Council has passed a deal that will see the city of Edmonton and Oilers owner Daryl Katz each put in more money to offset the $55 million shortfall needed to build the new downtown arena.

  • Wind turbines set to rise near Medicine Hat (Calgary Herald, May 21, 2013). A subsidiary of a Spanish renewable energy company has received the go-ahead from the Alberta Utilities Commission for its proposed 120 MW wind farm near Medicine Hat.

  • Greys anatomy: Inside the Edmonton plant that turns recycled paper and rags into stationery (Edmonton Journal, May 17, 2013). The office paper and used clothing and linen that Edmontonians toss into recycling bins is being turned into stationery by a new eco-friendly recycling plant.

  • High-tech plant rises from ashes of old sawmill in Fox Creek, Alberta (Edmonton Journal, May 18, 2013). In 2008, Millar Western's sawmill was destroyed by a fire. They began to rebuild in 2010, resulting in the construction of Fox Creek mill, a state-of-the-art plant that can produce 120 million board feet of lumber per year with a 68 staff members.  

  • Minister Fast Marks New Canada-EU Partnership at Europe Day Celebrations (Government of Canada, May 9, 2013). The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today celebrated Europe Day by marking Canada’s entry into the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), an initiative that will provide Canadian businesses with a one-stop point of access for information, contacts and resources for business opportunities in the European market. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has been named Canada’s lead organization in the EEN.

  • Alberta ponders renewable energy strategy (Edmonton Journal, May 4, 2013). The Redford government is crafting a renewable and alternative energy framework that will govern wind, solar and geothermal electricity generation in Alberta starting next year.

  • Alberta wind power blows past key milestone (Edmonton Journal, February 13, 2013). Alberta's wind-power generation capacity broke the 1,000-megawatt mark for the first time last year, but a national industry association warns there is work to be done if the province wants to continue to be a leader in the sector.

  • Redford government announces new schools for Edmonton and area  (Government of Alberta, May 2, 2013). Families in the Edmonton area will benefit from seven new schools and one major modernization. The projects are part of Premier Alison Redford’s promised investment in education infrastructure and the final major capital announcement this week, bringing the total number of new school projects to 30 within 19 Alberta communities.

  • Redford government announces new schools for Calgary (Government of Alberta, May 1, 2013). Families in Calgary will benefit from nine new and replacement schools that will ensure their sons and daughters can continue to receive a world-class education in modern, student-friendly facilities.

  • Lamphier: Getting the goods on Alberta’s wood goods bound for China (Edmonton Journal, April 29, 2013). Gaining access to China’s fast-growing market remains little more than a pipe dream (pun intended) for Alberta’s oil industry. Although the lack of access is costing oil producers and taxpayers billions of dollars a year in lost revenues, it’s not likely to be resolved any time soon.

  • Redford government announces new schools for northern Alberta (Government of Alberta, April 29, 2013). New and replacement schools will be added in Beaverlodge, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Grimshaw, Joussard, Neerlandia, and Sexsmith. The projects are part of Premier Alison Redford’s promised investment in education infrastructure and the first in a series of announcements across the province this week.

  • Tolko to repoen OSB mill in Alberta, Canada (Wood Based Panels International, February 19, 2013). Citing improvements in the US housing markets and increased customer demand, Brad Thorlakson president and ceo of Tolko Industries Ltd has said that the company is proceeding with preparations to reopen its Athabasca mill in Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada.

  • Alberta @ Ecobuild 2013 (Government of Alberta, February 15, 2013). Alberta will be represented at Ecobuild, March 5-7, 2013, in London UK, the World’s largest greenbuild event which attracted over 1,500 exhibitors and 57,000 visitors in 2012. Predictions for 2012 suggest Ecobuild will attract 60,000 + exhibitors.

  • Albertans' input sought to improve condominium living (Government of Alberta, February 13, 2013). Albertans’ views are requested on legislation regarding the development, purchase and operation of condominiums. The consultation will help ensure the Condominium Property Act, last amended in 2000, reflects the current needs of Albertans and addresses new trends in the condominium market.

  • Edmonton non-profit groups plan for downtown artists village (Edmonton Journal, February 12, 2013). The Artists Quarters, a 17-storey, 64-unit residence/workspace in the Quarters for artists, including seniors, is to be built on the site of the demolished Mount Royal Hotel at 96th Street and 102A Avenue in downtown Edmonton.

  • CMHC makes it easier to be green (For Home Renos, January 31, 2013). Renovating a home to make it more energy efficient can be expensive, but the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) offers a program that could reduce the sticker shock. CMHC Green Home offers a refund "equivalent to" 10 per cent of CHMC mortgage loan premiums for those who use CMHC-insured financing to pay for a renovation that increases the energy-efficiency of a home.

  • Black Diamond bolts on Down Under division: modular building provider enters Australia via $75M takeover (Calgary Herald, December 21, 2012). A modular building provider that has grown up in the cold northern Alberta oilpatch hopes to prosper in the heat of Australia’s equally remote mining sector. Black Diamond Group Ltd. of Calgary announced Friday it and a partner will pay about $75 million for privately held Australian Portable Buildings Pty. Ltd., its first foray Down Under.

  • New RBC Funding Helps SAIT Advance Green Building Technologies (SAIT, December 11, 2012). RBC, through its charitable foundation, donated $750,000 to SAIT at an announcement Tuesday. The gift will be used for applied research initiatives at SAIT, including the Innovative Student Projects Fund and Net Zero building products and strategies. 

  • City of Edmonton to Sell Its Waste Management Expertise to the World (City of Edmonton. October 9, 2012). Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel and Chief Financial Officer Lorna Rosen announced that the City will internationally market the waste management expertise of the City and its partners, through a corporation wholly owned by the City.
  • Northwest Edmonton neighbourhood of Oxford will be the cities' greenest (CTV Edmonton, Nov. 15, 2012). The city announced on Wednesday that Oxford is Edmonton’s first energy-efficient residential community, where every house is built to a higher environmental standard, something that could pave the way for future neighbourhoods in the city.

  • Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre hosted a Green Building - Market Insights session in partnership with SAIT Polytechnic. Presenters at the event addressed the key barriers to growing the green building industry and also spoke to the opportunities. To view the presentations, please see Green Building - Market Insights.

  • Fort McMurray Airport is the Largest Cross Laminated Timber Building in North America (Treehugger, October 4, 2012). Cross-laminated timber (CLT), wood that is glued together into strong panels, allows wood to be used for big commercial projects, such as the Fort McMurray Airport.

  • Construction begins on new schools in growing communities: Doors will open to students in September 2014 (Government of Alberta, September 25, 2012). Construction crews are set to start work on a dozen new schools for some of Alberta’s fastest growing communities, creating up to 7,700 new spaces for Alberta students.

  • Further Strengthening the Canada-United Kingdom Partnership (Government of Canada, September 24, 2012). Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and William Hague, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, met today in Ottawa to renew and refresh the Canada-U.K. Joint Declaration agreed to by Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and David Cameron in September 2011.

  • Pinkwood LTD. Announces the Purchase of a New Fully Integrated, High Capacity I-Joist Manufacturing Plant (Market Wire, September 11, 2012). Pinkwood announced plans to open a new I-Joist manufacturing plant in Calgary, with production scheduled to commence on March 4th, 2013.

  • Alberta government frees up land to give Fort McMurray more room to grow (Government of Alberta, August 2, 2012). The Alberta government has agreed to the conditional sale of 202 acres of Crown land in the Saline Creek area to the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray to develop a new residential community with housing options ranging from town houses to single family units.

  • Light Up Alberta Micro-Generation Premium Credit Program (PDF. June 28, 2012) Effective July 1, 2012: Small Micro-Generation producers (if they are a customer of one of Alberta’s Boutique Electricity Retailers), will automatically receive a premium price of 15¢ / kWh for electricity generated from solar energy and exported to the grid.

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