During the past few decades, there has been increased research, practice and political interest in creating healthy, vibrant neighbourhoods. Despite interest from a broad range of stakeholders on this topic, the perspectives of real estate and community development professionals are often not represented. Using a qualitative research approach, this project will explore, compare, and contrast perceptions of “walkability”, “bike-ability”, “vibrancy”, “livability”, and “healthy” as they relate to neighbourhood design among urban residential Real Estate Professionals, current homebuyers, and developers with a view to developing a standardized language to describe these concepts in order to enhance communications, expectations and public satisfaction around quality of life lived in urban settings.
Contamination of water is a critical problem within Agriculture and Urban areas across Alberta and western Canada from nutrient loading. Although past research has proven that wetland plants are effective in capturing nutrients to effectively clean water while harvesting off the vegetation for other productive uses such as compost for soil remediation, there is a lack of critical information to successfully carry out water remediation using native wetland plants. This knowledge gap is related to the quantification and proof of concept of the hyperaccumulation capabilities of each of the various native wetland plant species and the specific nutrients for which each plant species is most effective. Phase 1 of this project provided the quantification data relating to the hyperaccumulation properties of native wetland plants. Phase 2 will confirm the actual performance of native wetland plants and provide proof of concept by: (1) using plant data and proven floating island technology acquired from Phase 1, and (2) subjecting the plants to feedlot runoff water to prove their efficiencies and capabilities in remediating the runoff water from livestock feedlots so that the water can safely be reused for irrigation and livestock drinking water.
The School of Public Policy continues its research into the growing problem of orphaned and abandoned oil & gas wells. The project will advance research on effective and equitable policy approaches to address public and private challenges from these wells.
This interdisciplinary project will study a new development solution based on anchor institutions to revitalize Calgary’s declining urban core. The economic downturn has brought considerable negative impacts on the urban core represented by the high vacancy rate of downtown’s Class-A office buildings and dilapidated housing and aging infrastructure in the urban core areas. To develop solutions to these challenges, the project will 1) conduct research on best practices of urban revitalization catalyzed by anchor institutions, 2) study supporting planning policies (e.g., financial incentives, development regulations), and 3) produce development scenarios through interdisciplinary studio courses.
Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) describes a shift away from personally-owned modes of transportation and towards mobility solutions that are consumed as a service. MaaS is being made possible by massive investments in the synthesis and integration of automation, connectivity, electrification and sharing in vehicles. Given the movement towards MaaS and its potential disruption of parking in Canada, it is important to be able to quantify the amount and value of the land that could be released for other uses, as well as the potential foregone capital and operating costs of providing and maintaining parking infrastructure. To address this need, CESAR will conduct the research and carry out the analyses needed to first provide an inventory of parking supply in Canada and in Alberta. These data will then be combined with estimated unit costs for the building and maintaining of that inventory. The report will end with a discussion of the potential implications of MaaS on the real estate sector in Alberta and across Canada.
Landowners have a number of concerns with abandoned (but not reclaimed), orphaned and/or inactive sites on their property. Backlogged oil and gas liabilities pose fiscal, environmental, and health risks. The recent Supreme Court ruling on the Redwater case means that operators must fulfil their environmental obligations before paying back creditors. However, when an operator goes bankrupt there is a strong likelihood that the revenues generated from liquidating assets will not cover cleanup costs —and the Orphan Well Association’s (OWA) inventory will continue to grow. The Landowners Guide will educate landowners on how to navigate the complex system of abandoned wells on their property.
The Residential Tenancies Legal Information Program is the best source of easy to understand, accessible and accurate legal information about landlord and tenant matters in Alberta. The program provides vital information to Albertans online, in print and in person.
This project will support the foundations for a robust Water Innovation Lab 2019 program, with diverse partners and content across Alberta. Water Innovation Lab Canada 2019 (WIL2019) will bring 100 young water leaders and 25+ resource guests from across Alberta and Canada together for 7 days of leadership training, community/industry visits and local action projects in Autumn 2019. WIL2019 is designed to accelerate collaborative innovation, fast track regional and global water knowledge sharing, showcase local leadership and bring water talent closer to employers. Goal at WIL2019 is to build long-term skills for the sector and support multiple seed funded teams from WIL2019 for teams to test, pilot, prototype water innovation projects.
Canada contains many radon gas-generating regions and, because we have constructed population centres across all of them, radon is the primary cause of lung cancer in 10,000- 40,000 Canadians per decade. We have conducted detailed radon gas analysis of 11,000+ homes spread across Alberta and Saskatchewan, finding that 1 in 6 contain hazardous amounts of radon with newer homes in many regions (but not all) having much higher total radon. We have revealed an unknown “X factor” within environmental design practice across regions that is a major contributor to radon exposure, and our goal now is to understand this and develop solutions to protect the population. We aim to (i) identify modifiable behaviors and environmental design practices influencing chronic radon exposure in our changing world and (ii) define engineering and community intervention solutions applicable within the Canadian context to eliminate radon as a source of cancer in the future.
Through an innovative approach, the ARDN’s Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) is creating the first ever building standard for developing affordable housing, which will act as a step by step guide for groups looking to replicate it. The creation of an affordable housing standard will not only redefine how affordable housing is developed and built, but will redefine how the broader community perceives new affordable developments. With the support of AREF, this new standard will be built on knowledge gathered through research that explores and test how to incorporate the psychology of aesthetics when building affordable housing. The key goal is to improve the mental and physical health of tenants through the incorporation of the psychology of aesthetics.
Water for Life is the key ingredient and vital for human survival throughout the world but remediation, preservation and conservation has become cost prohibitive. Environmentally sustainable management of stormwater, wastewater, filtering runoff and water from snow melt through a changing climate to ensure a continuous fresh water supply is the focus of this project. The use of native wetland plants and cost effective floating island technology to clean the water prior to safe release into natural waterways, preserves aesthetics and enhances natural functionality of water sources, as well as providing a medium for additional food production. Research, education, and demonstration through proof of concept are key components to change and success for a healthy environment and resulting land stewardship.
The creation of a multimedia Smart Ag Digital Story Map showcasing the application of science and technology for greater efficiencies in land use and water management, thus improving quality and quantity of food production (Smart Ag) at Olds College. With agriculture and agrifood production predicted to be the top drivers of Alberta’s future GDP growth, there is a need to tell the story of the learning, success and implementation of Smart Ag practices at Olds College to the wider Alberta community.
Irrigation agriculture provides the foundation for economic and community development as well as environmental stewardship in southern Alberta. This study will focus on the adoption of recent important advancements in irrigation agriculture (commonly referred to as ‘precision agriculture’) and implications for the ongoing benefits of irrigation in southern Alberta.
With our New Energy Economy project, we will reflect investments (and the associated jobs) in energy efficiency, renewables and clean tech already happening within Albertan communities, create a uniquely Albertan energy-climate narrative that appreciates a diversity of perspectives, and build the skills and capacity of Albertans to effectively communicate about energy and climate. The result will be a discourse surrounding energy and climate that is less polarized and more informed.
The Residential Tenancies Legal Information Program is the best source of easy to understand, accessible and accurate legal information about landlord and tenant matters in Alberta. This program provides vital information to Albertans online, in print and in person. Funding of this program will enable CPLEA to continue reaching and responding to the needs of over 700,000 resource users (and growing) per year.
Two separate two-day youth summits programs: S3 – a regional program in Wood Buffalo related to sustainable living in the North targeting and junior high and high school students in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas. Navigate Youth Water Summit – a province-wide water and climate education and action summit aimed at student leaders from 20 Alberta high schools. An important focus for both programs be household/home/school water and energy efficiency – this will include tours of ‘NetZero’ housing, discussions of energy efficiency best practices. For the Wood Buffalo (S3) program we will also feature energy efficiency home (re)building post-2016 fires.
Expand SpaceFinder Alberta beyond Calgary and Edmonton, in partnership with Arts Habitat Edmonton, giving all Albertans access to this innovative online marketplace linking organizations with space to rent with those who need space.
Green Energy Futures will produce a four part series of stories called Smart Homes on greening your home. It will focus on providing homeowners with current information on energy efficiency in the home and how you can produce energy on your own home in this innovative green energy series. These stories will be useful for Alberta homeowners who are both looking to buy an energy efficient home and want to make their home a greener more energy efficient place to live. The stories will be developed to tie to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs being launched in Alberta in April 2017. We have selected these topics based on our time-tested experience delivering this information to millions of people over the last four years.
WellWiki.org is a groundbreaking solution to the problem of information access and transparency related to data on oil and gas development. While in many cases some data on wells is publicly available, interested parties face an arcane and obscure process for accessing it which deters many from pursing the information they need. WellWiki.org solves this problem, providing access to information in an easy to use format available to all and has been successful across North America. This project will fund the launch of WellWiki as a comprehensive resource for Alberta stakeholders.
Typically individual social service agencies have addressed housing and affordability issues specific to the population they serve. The missed opportunity is understanding the ways in which housing affordability as a whole could offer a positive collective impact for all Calgarians. To facilitate a more collaborative and effective way to tackle housing affordability, the Westman Centre is an active partner on Calgary’s Community Housing Affordability Collective (CHAC). CHAC is a joint initiative that was formed between the public, private and social sectors to address housing issues in a collaborative manner. The Westman Centre’s role is to provide applied research oversight and leadership for key deliverables outlined in the CHAC strategic plan, thereby enhancing housing affordability along all points of the housing spectrum.
The School of Public Policy’s Urban Policy Program provides urban policymakers with original, in-depth and impartial research. The Program explores key issues that impact urban Canada as well as the political arenas in which these issues unfold.
Radon gas is a radioactive but invisible danger that poses serious lung cancer risks if homes contain high levels inhaled over the long term. Our scientists recently published a landmark study indicating that a shocking 1 in 8 Southern Alberta homes exceed Health Canada’s maximum acceptable radon guideline. Surprisingly, we also found that newer homes had significantly higher radon compared to older properties. The gold standard for a radon test takes 90+ days, which is not feasible during the < 1 week typically seen in a real estate transaction involving a home inspection. So how can buyers and sellers accurately determine if a house is ‘radon safe’? We will determine whether short term radon tests can be used to inform home radon levels with sufficient accuracy to ‘stand up in court’.
Capacity building around fundraising and diversification of funding sources.
This project will enable Alberta’s REALTORS® to play an important leadership role in leveraging the opportunities that present themselves to homeowners in the transition to a clean economy. This project will educate REALTORS® and provide them with tools customized to their needs that they can share directly with homeowners. As a collaboration, the project will leverage AREA’s expertise on the needs of REALTORS® and homeowners with the Pembina Institute’s expertise on clean energy, including energy efficiency and microgeneration, to transform how Alberta’s REALTORS® understand and serve homeowners on this topic of increasing importance.
In Phase 3 CPLEA will update the resources created in the first two phases, including the well-received Condo Law for Albertans website, to incorporate changes to the law as a results of the impending proclamation into force of the Condominium Property Amendment Act and it Regulations. Additionally, CPLEA will make further updates in consideration of suggestions made by various stakeholders.
CPLEA’s highly regarded Residential Tenancies Legal Information Program is the best source of easy to understand, accessible and accurate legal information about landlord and tenant matters in Alberta. The program provides vital information to Albertans online, in print and in person.
In light of the significant changes to operations and regulations that impact landowners, and the expansion of oil and gas operations since the last Landowner’s Guide was released, there is strong demand from landowners, municipalities, governments and real estate professionals for the tools to approach development issues knowledgeably. The Pembina Institute is uniquely positioned to deliver this tool in the form of the updated Landowner’s Guide.
This project will establish a factual basis for understanding potential economic and social/community impacts that may occur with closure of the Waterton Complex, and to use that foundation to inform and facilitate dialogue with and action by the affected communities regarding transition to a sustainable economy.
An experiential energy efficiency and climate change education and action program for Edmonton, Calgary and surrounding areas junior high and high school students. Two parallel learning experiences – Edmonton Energy Efficiency (E3) and Calgary Climate Change (C3) – will provide students real-world insight into energy conservation in their lives at school and home today and into the future.
Housing development is a $10 billion industry in Alberta. However, it may be curtailed by lack of water needed to service new residential communities. This study explores the challenges and solutions to acquiring water for housing development and the secondary impact a decline in the industry could have on the real estate market.
Over the next 15 years, wind capacity in Alberta will roughly quadruple, with the provincial goal of 30% renewable electricity by 2030. While wind is a cleaner source of electricity, some residents have concerns about the impact on vistas, property values, and local and migratory species. These concerns are best mitigated proactively by adhering to best practices for wind development. The purpose of this project is to highlight best practices that empower and benefit stakeholders as well as minimize the impact on the ecosystem, and to build a framework that will enable development of responsible and socially acceptable wind projects in Alberta.
The Edmonton Public Library, with its extensive and diverse reach, is in the unique position to bring together community members to share insights, ideas, experiences and viewpoints through our Forward Thinking Speakers Series. EPL would like to present a speaker to our community in 2016, with a focus on building better communities and a goal of engaging more Edmontonians in this concept.
This project will look at options for aging-in-place in laneway homes and secondary suites. It is being conducted in the context of a senior graduate level architecture research studio in the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. 10-14 concept designs will be developed in conjunction with industry and diverse academia to demonstrate how secondary suites and options for aging-in-place can fit into our existing neighborhoods.
Edmontonspacefinder.ca, launched in 2010, is an online resource, to post or find, non-profit and community space; to assist renters find venues and venues to find their renters. Challenges with the original proprietary programming language make alterations or improvements to the current Edmonton SpaceFinder difficult and ultimately not possible. New York-based Fractured Atlas has the desired platform to replace the existing Edmonton SpaceFinder that is now out of date in its capabilities.
RCADE is a community based development that operates on two levels. On a local level, it is a community based enterprise that supports learning, innovation, and creativity. On a regional level, it is a way to direct resources and expertise to develop shared use resources, best use practices, and a regional approach to economic development. Learning-focused institutions and organizations in the town of Pincher Creek will collaborate to design Pincher Creek RCADE (Regional Centres for Arts, Design & Entrepreneurship), a sustainable and scalable system for building community capacity for learning, creativity and innovation. Design objectives are to support communities in southwest Alberta in developing innovation and entrepreneurship as core competencies, and to support residents in fulfilling their creative potential.
The City of Edmonton will be implementing three projects which will provide citizens with access to information that increases one’s ability to effectively and meaningfully contribute to their community. One project improves citizen understanding of the City’s planning processes; one provides information about the potential for solar PV installations in homes and buildings, and the third project shares tools and resources for understanding the basics in assessing one’s living space for energy efficiency.
The “Condo Law for Albertans” project will increase Albertans’ knowledge of their rights and responsibilities under current and future condominium legislation. During phase two of the project, plain language resources (including a website) will be produced for condominium boards, to help them better understand their rights and obligations under the law by increasing their ability to access accurate legal information.
The “Paying For It” project will look at how Calgary’s growing economy and population has begun to put significant strain on our municipal infrastructure as well as look at the existing funding model. This project will employ a Citizens’ Commission, an innovative model of public engagement. The Calgary Citizens’ Infrastructure Commission will work through the challenges that Calgary faces and ultimately issue a series of recommendations that will guide the development of a Calgary City Charter.
SpaceFinder Alberta will strengthen the creative, non-profit and small business sectors with an online marketplace for hourly, daily, weekly and longer-term rentals. Existing space will go underused less often. A data source for metrics reports to inform policy making and project development, SpaceFinder Alberta is free to list and free to search.
The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the Haskayne School of Business will link global real estate, urban economics research and teaching relevant to the Calgary marketplace with outreach to industry and the community. In addition to educating the next generation of real estate leaders, we will conduct innovative research and create a platform for discussion within the industry.
Funding will support CREA in partnership with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, BMO Financial Group and RBC Financial Group to support a series of five (5) workshops between November 2008 and February 2009.
Application to allocate up to $15,000 to have staff, with appropriate consultant support, design the tri-annual research commissioned by the Foundation. The tri-annual research focises on developing baseline demongraphic research on the industry.
Carsharing has the potential to help reduce Calgary’s carbon footprint, build more vibrant communities and enhance the quality of life for economically challenged and socially/geographically isolated Calgarians. Through research coordination, policy development, stakeholder collaboration and community engagement this project will explore ways in which local carsharing groups can grow sustainably and enhance Calgary’s community and transportation development efforts.
To Develop a Standard for the Assessment and Remediation of Houses Seized Due to Illicit Operations
This educational program helps Alberta communities learn how to manage growth in a way that promotes sustainability, supports a robust economy, encourages collaboration, and improves the quality of life of its citizens.
Block funding initiatives to enhance industry practice and professionalism, backed by concrete consumer research. These projects will better align industry members’ practice with the needs of today’s real estate consumer, support the real estate consumer by enhancing their knowledge about the industry and the real estate transaction and increase industry knowledge and credibility on issues that impact Albertans’ quality of life.
Funds provide support for the Legal Information program which includes the Laws for Landlords and Tenants website and its related publications and activities. The grant extension will continue to expand the work related to landlord/tenant information but will broaden the scope to areas beyond the Residential Tenancies Act and will produce web and printed educational materials related to condominiums, low income housing and housing options for seniors.
Enhancement and expansion of the Helen Schuler Ntaure Centre with innovative building technologies to address water usage, energy consumption, waste management, space constraints, occupant health and wellness. Sustainable construction will be emphasized and interpreted through signage and tours to encourage visitors to introduce similar technologies in their own homes and businesses.
Qualitative Study of the attitudes and opinions of private Landlords in Calgary to investigate their potential ability to help solve the homelessness crisis. Beyond the life of the proposed grant, we intend to deploy the current proposal’s methodology and findings to province-and nation-wide research.
Drumheller Housing Authority Recycling Program
The Neighborhood Sustainability Planning Guidebook and Toolkit will be a valuable resource for residents, neighborhood stakeholders and municipal governments as it will help to align and link their respective activities, services, land use, infrastructure planning, etc. towards a desirable and sustainable future.
Information available to immigrant communities regarding landlord, tenancy, foreclosure and bankruptcy are this application’s main priorities for information in basic English or translation
The YMCA is seeking assistance in funding construction, particularly the energy efficiency elements of the YMCA welcome village. The YMCA Welcome Village is a 150 unit, affordable housing structure, child care centre and family resource centre in downtown Edmonton.
Grant will complete the fundraising required to establish a Chair in real estate. This will enable real estate studies as an educational option for MBA and undergraduate students, and to conduct research regarding real estate matters.
This extension will enable the LRC to continue to respond to the legal information needs of Albertans concerning their accommodation issues. The LRC’s website, publications, seminars and participation in provincial activities provide accessible and readable information on topics which impact most Albertans.
Two Regional Planning Speakers Series panel events and special sections in two issues of Curb magazine dedicated to land use planning and land stewardship policy. The objective of the project is to create forums for leaders in planning, development and real estate to critically discuss current challenges in sustainable land-use, build partnerships and use this increased capacity to create best practices for prosperous and sustainable land stewardship in the Alberta context.
Building upon the proven models from Vancouver and Toronto, and other urban centres, this proposal seeks support for the establishment of a Social Innovation Hub in Calgary. AREF funding will be used for (1) organization of outreach to secure tenants and members (2) engagement with REALTORS® and site visits for the purposes of preparing a shortlist of appropriate commercial spaces (3) preliminary design of the space to green building standards (4) outreach to major donors for longterm funding (5) preparation of marketing materials, contract templates, etc. The Social Innovation Hub may become a model for reviving underused space to create real estate value and enhance communities in Calgary, following smart growth principles.
The purpose of this discussion paper is to provide a framework for future discussions to build upon the existing partnership between the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Alberta School of Business.
This project is intended to support the long term leadership capacity of the Alberta nonprofit sector. It involves a critical foundational research component as well as the development of practical resources to support and sustain executive leadership
A solar array system will be installed in Northern Alberta which will increase the diversity and depth of the data collected for the NAIT Solar Array Project. The energy generation data will be compiled and analyzed by NAIT’s technical team and students. This will inform and guide the construction industry, homeowners and others interested in using solar energy in northern climates.
Centre for Public Legal Education Ongoing Operational Grant for 2014-2015
The Alberta Green Building Leaders project is a multi-year, multi-phase project designed to collaborate with forward-looking local governments to design and implement effective green building policies in Alberta. The requested funding will allow research to be undertaken to identify the state of building energy efficiency in Alberta as well as the actors involved in its advancement. This will inform the design of a “made in Alberta” initiative. This funding request will support the first phase of the Alberta Green Building Leaders project that will be designed to engage stakeholders in Alberta, provide a foundation for action on-the-ground to improve new and existing buildings, and for action at the provincial level.
Everyone loves a great story. Century Homes Calgary: Old Houses. Great Stories. is a creative and innovative way to engage Calgarian and deepen their awareness and appreciation for Calgary’s heritage homes by sharing their stories. The project’s impact on the community was significant both in terms of number of participants and those who benefit from the legacy of research as Century Homes Calgary was recognized with the Governor General’s History Award for Community Programming.
The Government of Alberta recently began steps with the goal of strengthening condominium legislation to address the current needs of condominium corporations, unit owners, and developers; and raise standards in Alberta’s condominium industry. In early 2013, the Government distributed a Condominium Property Act Consultation Paper to gather information from the above stakeholders regarding potential issues with the current legislation. That information was collected and reported in a report published in June of 2013 (the Review) . As the legislation evolves there is another piece that deserves consideration and that is the education of the industry players including consumers, lenders, operators and developers.
This extension will enable CPLEA to continue to respond to the legal information needs of Albertans concerning their accommodation issues. Our website, publications, seminars and participation in provincial activities provide accessible and readable information on topics which impact most Albertans.
This project will increase the knowledge of Albertans with regards to their rights and obligations under the condominium law. Phase One will result in plain language resources, including a website, what will make consumers aware of their rights and obligations under the law, and increase the capacity of consumers to enforce those rights by enhancing access to accurate legal information and community resources.
This project will look at alternative models of market rate condominium development in established communities. It is being conducted in the context of a senior graduate level architecture research studio in the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. At least ten concept designs will be developed in conjunction with industry and community groups to demonstrate how medium density projects can fit into our existing neighborhoods.
This is a project to engage and build the capacity of community stakeholders in AB to design and collaboratively implement Community Energy Plans (CEPs) based on the principles of Integrated Community Energy Solutions (ICES), which offer significantly more resilient, healthy and sustainable communities. The objectives are to: assess the situation in AB related to CEPs; determine the most effective approach to supporting AB communities in this process; and to facilitate engagement and collaboration between community stakeholders and the real estate sector.
Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) developed the Green Condo Champions initiative to provide condominium directors with strategic, technical and financial knowledge and support needed to advance energy efficiency retrofits in the Toronto market. With a growing condo market in Alberta and changes to Alberta’s Condominium Property Act scheduled for 2014, it is an opportune time to bring this program to Alberta with the goal of helping condo owners save money and reduce their impact on the environment. This project will draw on TAF’s experience existing materials, and on Pembina’s knowledge of the Alberta market and energy efficiency opportunity to support condominiums and create a guide and network of experts that can promote and facilitate successful energy efficiency upgrades in Alberta’s condo sector.
The School of Public Policy’s newly established Urban Program engages in research and outreach activities (conferences, roundtables, and media events) on the public policy issues that affect mid-sized cities (500,000 to 2 million) in Canada.
Our analysis of the policy issues concerning urban growth, land use, infrastructure, taxation, and environmental quality, amongst others, will increase public dialogue around real estate practices, housing markets, and the fiscal and regulatory policies of urban governments.
The School of Public Policy is uniquely positioned to focus and coordinate the expertise of academics and those with practical experience in the field of urban develop and policy formulation to fill significant gaps in our understanding of urban policy issues in medium-sized cities.
The funding extension would allow us to continue to help Albertans understand housing law by providing easy to understand legal information through the website, resources and workshops. Our services are timely, practical and available across the province, which means we provide help to rural people and to vulnerable audiences who do not have other housing or legal help available to them.
To develop and disseminate neighborhood profiles which will be available to community groups, city departments, civic promoters, property developers, residents and home buyers. These narratives provide basic demographic information about specific about specific neighborhoods but also capture and describe “stories” that reflect the deeper community background of each neighborhood.
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