Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

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.

Calgary Heritage Initiative

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.

University of Alberta

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.

Center for Public Legal Education

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.

University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design

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.

Community Energy Association

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.

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Toronto Atmospheric Fund

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, University of Calgary

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.