Government of Canada awards EQuilibium Grant to Vital Engineering project
AUGUST 4 | 2010 | 5:30 PM
The premiere project in the Government of Canada's EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative has been announced by The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This is a significant commitment to realizing the Canadian potential for leadership in, "healthy sustainable communities that are energy-efficient".
The Vital Engineering Team was selected as prime consultants by project developers Communitas Group and is progressing through design development of one of the most important projects ever to come to Edmonton. The Station Pointe community encompasses the revitalization of a prominent Edmonton neighborhood with a "net-zero" threshold for energy use. To date, energy modeling has been used to encompass the scope of work for the mechanical systems. Preliminary technology selections have been made and a passive "net-zero" strategy has been elaborated on. This vision is being planned in the development process and will guide the detailed design and construction phases of the project. From this front-end engineering, we were able to assist in the successful application for the EQuilibrium Grant. This is the only Western project chosen from the Canada-wide submissions and indicates the expertise in alternative energy technology design and sustainable development in the Vital Team.
When we consider Edmonton's world-class waste management system and the City's vision for The Way We Green, Vital Engineering is calling for Albertans to realize our potential to "Help Change The World".
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August 4, 2010 - Government of Canada Announces Funding to First EQuilibriumTM Communities Project
Ottawa Today, the Government of Canada named the first project under its EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative. The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, announced $481,000 in funding for the Station Pointe neighbourhood development in Edmonton, Alberta.
Station Pointe is one of six winning projects under the EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative. The EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative provides financial assistance for technical and promotional activities of selected neighbourhood development projects, which through their planning, design, implementation and operation, will improve current approaches in the areas of energy and water consumption, protection of the natural environment, land-use planning and sustainable transportation. Capital construction costs are not provided through the initiative.
"Building sustainable communities that use clean energy technologies and energy-efficient designs will help create high-quality jobs for Canadians while protecting and preserving our environment," said Minister Paradis. "This initiative will improve the Station Pointe team's capacity to bring to market an affordable, energy-efficient, mixed-use neighbourhood benefiting consumers, the environment and the economy. We are proud to be able to provide both financial and technical support."
"The Government of Canada is committed to working with developers who design and build vibrant and sustainable communities across Canada," said Minister Finley. "We congratulate The Communitas Group Ltd. and look forward to collaborating with them to improve the project's environmental performance and affordability so that Canadians will benefit from the lessons learned."
The Station Pointe project is being planned as a transit-oriented development within the Fort Road community in the City of Edmonton, part of a larger renewal project for former industrial lands north-east of the city's downtown. The EQuilibriumTM Communities funding will support environmental performance as well as options to improve the affordability of the project's green upgrades.
"The EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative support gives us an invaluable opportunity to extensively explore design and financing options to create a landmark energy-efficient community development," said Brian Scott, Vice-President of The Communitas Group Ltd. "Research into 'passivehouse' designs and 'district energy systems' as well as on-site waste water treatment will help us reach our target of a 75 percent reduction in energy use while maintaining affordable home prices."
The EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative is led jointly and equally funded by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY Technology Initiative, a component of the Government of Canada's ecoACTION initiative.
For further information on the EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative, please visit www.ecoaction.gc.ca/equilibrium-eng.cfm .
For background on the project, visit the government of Canada's project website
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The Government of Canada continues to support improvements in the environmental performance of Canadian mixed-use, residential developments by providing financial support for technical and promotional activities of projects that include clean-energy technologies, sustainable housing, infrastructure and land-use planning. The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, today announced funding under the EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative for the Station Pointe neighbourhood development in Edmonton, Alberta.
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