Energy Efficiency Savings Opportunities for Alberta’s Homeowners
By: Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development
Grant Number: 2017-07

The Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) has partnered with the Pembina Institute to educate REALTORS® and their clients on the value of energy efficiency. As a collaboration, the project will leverage AREA’s expertise on the needs of REALTORS® and homeowners and the Pembina Institute’s expertise on clean energy, climate change and energy issues to transform how Alberta’s REALTORS® understand and serve homeowners on this topic of increasing importance.

This fact sheet outlines current energy efficiency savings opportunities in Alberta, offering more information on how you can take advantage of energy efficiency.

Look for more of these collaborative resources in the future.

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Landowners’ Guide to Oil and Gas Development
By: Pembina Institute
Grant Number: 2015-04

Alberta’s energy development landscape is a maze of regulations and complex relationships. The Landowners’ Guide to Oil and Gas Development provides advice on negotiating the best relationship possible between industry representatives who live and breathe this subject matter and property owners or communities that may be facing it for the first time. It also provides accessible advice on some of these complex questions:

  • If a permit agent knocks at your door and says a company wants to conduct seismic exploration on your land, how do you decide whether to grant permission?
  • If a land agent tells you a company plans to drill a well or put a pipeline on your land, what do you need to know before you start negotiations? How do you decide whether any special conditions are needed in a surface lease or right-of-entry agreement?
  • If there are plans to build a well or pipeline near your home, is the company obliged to tell you or consult with you?
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Albertans’ attitudes towards a new park establishment in Alberta
By: Yellowstone To Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative
Grant Number: 2015-06

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. They are the only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of this entire region.
There are many conservation initiatives underway in this vast region. One such initiative is to look at the establishment of a park or protected area in the area known as “The Bighorn”. This area is made up of many uses, including industrial (coal, logging), parks, wilderness areas and crown land. It’s an extremely important area for many reasons; habitat for grizzly bears and other large mammals and it is also part of the headwaters for the North Saskatchewan River –Edmonton’s main drinking water supply.
Y2Y contracted NRG Research Group and the Praxis Group to undertake a poll to gauge opinions and attitudes toward the establishment of a park in this area. Although Y2Y has no actual jurisdiction for park establishment, the information is being gathered to help decision-makers understand how the various options might play out.

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Albertans’ Values and Attitudes toward Recreation and Wilderness
By: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
Grant Number: 2014-14

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Southern and Northern Alberta Chapters worked with the Praxis Group™ (Praxis) to undertake a survey of Albertans to better understand the public’s behaviour, attitudes and opinions related to outdoor recreation and use of public lands. The survey instrument was developed jointly by CPAWS and Praxis and reviewed by selected stakeholders in government, academia, nonprofit organizations and industry.

 

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A Sustainable Water Supply for Alberta: Managing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus
By: Alberta WaterPortal Society
Grant Number: 2015-19

A nexus is the place where points intersect, linking many different parts of a system together. Water is the nexus between food, energy, and people. Water is required to meet the demands of our growing population, to maintain and improve environmental health, and to support the production of food and energy. As the availability of water changes and our population grows, meeting the demands in the Nexus will become increasingly challenging.

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Storytelling Through Social Media: Community League Social Media Training Manual
By: Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
Grant Number: 2014-07

Community leagues have great stories.  And telling them well is a great way to engage people in the league, in their community, and as neighbours. Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues has collected and developed a number of great resources designed specifically to support community leagues in connecting neighbours on and offline, and in using social media tools to share great stories about their neighbourhoods.

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Education of Condominium Owners and Buyers
By: University of Alberta
Grant Number: 2013-23

The government of Alberta is about to institute a major change in its condominium laws. Along with changes to the law itself, this provides an opportunity to review the mechanism through which Alberta consumers are educated regarding this complex legislation.

This document is the result of a study funded by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation in which the program in Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Alberta School of Business, scanned and examined best practices around the world regarding communicating key aspects of condominium legislation and services to industry participants with a specific focus on condominium buyers and owners.

 

 

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Great Cities Report – Profiles in municipal excellence
By: Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Grant Number: 2013-06

Calgary as a city continues to lead Canada in terms of population growth and, as its economy continues to grow, increasingly competes on a global scale for both business and talent. As Calgary becomes recognized as a global city, it needs to keep up with other Great Cities to attract successful businesses, elite-level talent, and provide critical infrastructure support for economic success.

With Calgary’s growth in mind, the Calgary Chamber launched the Great Cities initiative, which looks to understand the importance of  cities in the global economy, and the impact municipal decisions and actions have on the success of a community.

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Green Condo Guide
By: Toronto Atmospheric Fund and Pembina Institute
Grant Number: 2014-11

Condominiums present a unique challenge when it comes to becoming more energy efficient. That’s why the Green Condo Guide was developed. It lays out ways condo boards or condo managers can make their buildings more energy efficient and save residents money. It also includes case studies of condos that have done upgrades and saved substantially.

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What Lies Beneath? Buyer Beware.
By: Environmental Law Centre
Grant Number: 2009-17

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare: You buy a home, move in, then find out there’s an abandoned gas well beneath, leaking and contaminating your property.

Think it can’t happen to you? It can. According to the Energy Resources Conservation Board in November 2012 over 150,000 abandoned wellsites dotted the Alberta landscape, making it essential that buyers do their homework.

“These nightmares happen because of gaps between what Albertans should know, could know and actually do know about their environment,” says Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel and author of a new Environmental Law Centre publication, What Lies Beneath? Access to Environmental Information in Alberta.

 

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CURB Magazine Issue 5.1: Boomtowns
By: University of Alberta- Faculty of Extension
Grant Number: 2013-15

Topics include the affordability and availability of housing and commercial space, homelessness, regional planning, planning for population and demographic changes, and creating engaging public spaces. This issue features case studies from Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Camrose, and Cold Lake, and includes interviews with members of Alberta’s real estate community. A preview version of Curb’s “Boomtowns” issue is available here, and a full version is available through the CRSC website.

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Placemaking By CURB Magazine
By: City-Region Studies Centre
Grant Number: 2013-15

Placemaking has become a popular term in policy circles for making a city, region or community more inviting for residents and investment, both existing and prospective. In growing economies such as Alberta, placemaking can help balance growth pressures with liveability, in addition to attracting new talent. But successful placemaking is complex, requiring the engagement of a wide array of stakeholders and going well beyond the branding and beautification exercises often associated with it. Housing forms and availability, community design, transportation, sustainability, local narratives and governance all weigh into the success of any placemaking initiative.

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Service Excellence Program by Alberta Real Estate Association
By: Alberta Real Estate Association
Grant Number: 2009-21

Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA)’s Service Excellence Program is a comprehensive professional development opportunity helping to align the services Alberta REALTORS® provide with what today’s consumers expect. Using extensive consumer research, the program provides REALTORS® the knowledge of how those expectations have changed, and then provides the tools to help ensure the REALTOR®’s service meets or exceeds clients’ expectations.

Also read the 2010 Summary Consumer Focus Groups Report 

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Southern Foothills Community Land Stewardship Initiative
By: Chinook Institute
Grant Number: 2010-12

The Southern Foothills Community Land Stewardship Initiative is a citizen-based process to develop recommendations that will provide direction to provincial, municipal and non-profit land use planning and stewardship efforts, in order to protect and enhance the integrity of the Southern Foothills landscape of SW Alberta.

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Scattered Site Housing Challenges for formerly Homeless
By: The Alex
Grant Number: 2009-31

The initial project was a pilot for a nation-wide qualitative study of the attitudes and opinions of private Landlords to investigate their potential to help solve homelessness. However, it became clear in the preliminary stages of research, that a greater understanding was needed around the environmental factors affecting housing of formerly homeless tenants, particularly with regards to the scattered site housing model employed by the Alex’s housing programs, HomeBase and Pathways to Housing.

 

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The Living Home from Concept to Completion
By: Lethbridge College
Grant Number: 2008-04

The issues surrounding green housing, and the results of the household monitoring are summarized in this report. The project provided an occasion for public discussion on green building in Lethbridge, and an opportunity for students of Lethbridge College to engage in an authentic and practical experience applied directly to industry.

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Tunnel Mountain Bench Signage
By: Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance
Grant Number: 2010-13


Report on the completion of bike trail signage and mapping within the Tunnel Mountain Bench lands, which are adjacent to Banff National Park. BVMB is a volunteer group that has taken over management of the trail in close cooperation with Parks Canada.

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Alberta Tomorrow – Educating Alberta Students on Alberta’s Land Use Issues
By: Nature Alberta
Grant Number: 2010-07

The project incorporated the Settlement Growth Simulator into Alberta Tomorrow, enabling students in the Alberta Education System understand the effects of land use. Online delivery to the classroom enabled students to explore alternative land-use scenarios and human settlement growth strategies. The system is publicly available and free of charge.

 

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Long Term Sustainability Protocol Development
By: Foothills Land Trust
Grant Number: 2009-18

The Foothill’s land trust developed these materials to enhance a small land trust’s sustainability and operations. Templates developed include: (1) Policies and Procedures (2) Legal Defence Costs (3) Conservation Easement (4) Baseline Template (5) Baseline documentation. This resource is available as a hard copy in the AREF office.

 

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Greening Roofs in Edmonton
By: NAIT
Grant Number: 2009-16

Report on the results of testing on three green roofs established in Edmonton. The performance of plant species moderately affected by the depth of growth medium in which they were growing. All of the native plant species tested survived the environmental conditions experienced in a roof environment.

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Recommended Standards and Practises for Alberta Land Trusts
By: Alberta Land Trust Alliance
Grant Number: 2009-03


Manual designed to address the needs of Alberta’s land trusts and to provide information for new land trusts. It supports the Canadian Land Trust Alliance’s standards and practises and has built in CLTA standards and practices. Modules include (1) Baseline Documentation Report (2) Stewardship Monitoring (3) Dedicated Stewardship Funding (4) Best Stewardship Practises (5) Beneficial Management Practises (6) Funding Development Guide.

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Grow Op Remediation
By: Alberta Real Estate Association
Grant Number: 2009-19

The intent of the recommendations in this report is to ensure that properties used as illegal drug operations produce no adverse health effects or building code implications that will hinder their resale or habitation. This report describes particular contaminants and hazards of marijuana grow operations and methamphetamine labs. Recommendations for education, communication, organization, roles and responsibilities, and reporting are also included in this report.

 

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Building Towards Water Efficiency: Policy Innovation and Education in New and Existing Homes
By: University of Waterloo
Grant Number: 2008-09

Residential builders and REALTOR®s have been neglected in water efficiency research. But these groups can be a highly influential and there are some exciting examples of innovation in Ontario, the Canadian West and in California. This two-year research project investigates the sample groups’ deep beliefs and values – their tacit knowledge. The results will be used to contribute to effective policy for residential water efficiency.

 

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Crowsnest Pass Affordable Housing Needs Assessment
By: Crowsnest Pass Affordable Housing Committee
Grant Number: 2008-08

The Crowsnest Pass Affordable Housing Needs Assessment combined quantitative (statistical) data analysis with targeted Interviews and Focus Group Meetings (qualitative analyses) in order to identify and explore: Population and demographic trends; Household incomes; Housing availability (housing supply, form and tenure including market, nearmarket and non-market housing); Housing issues related to adequacy, suitability, affordability and accessibility; Other indicators of housing/economic hardship where data was available; and Impacts that the community may be experiencing as a result of declining housing affordability and choice.

Grant #: 2008-08
Author: Crowsnest Pass Affordable Housing Committee
Year: 2009
Format: pdf

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Municipal Land Development Policies and Regulations and the Impact on Calgary Housing Affordability
By: The Chamber of Commerce
Grant Number: 2007-40

The report investigated Calgary’s housing affordability since 1980 and offered comparison with other Canadian cities, discussed the factors that affect housing prices, and provided recommendations to improve the affordability of Calgary’s residential real estate market.

Grant #: 2007-40
Author: The Chamber of Commerce
Year: 2008
Format: pdf

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Affordable Housing Initiative: Affordable Housing Facilitator program Status Report
By: Alberta Real Estate Foundation
Grant Number: 2007-23

Between October 2000 and April 2003, the total AHI Housing Facilitator program totalled $133,950; funded by AREF and managed by AREA. This analytical report represents the status, content and findings resulting from work completed by the Affordable Housing Facilitators program, Affordable Housing Initiative (2000-2003). It presents the current status of the twenty-nine projects and initiatives involving the direct or indirect support of both Facilitators for the duration of this program.

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Cementing our Relationship: Private Sector Involvement in Affordable Housing: A summary report
By: United Way of Calgary & Area
Grant Number: 2007-21

Cementing Our Relationship highlights affordable housing projects undertaken by Alberta builders and developers and their recommendations to encourage more involvement from within the private sector. Capturing lessons and experiences from the work already being done, this report endeavors to promote increased private sector participation in the production of affordable housing, and provides recommendations to all levels of government regarding key legislative changes that could facilitate further participation by the private sector.

Grant #: 2007-21
Author: United Way of Calgary & Area
Year: 2008
Format: pdf

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Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Urban Development: Toward Smart Growth in Calgary
By: David Co roux, Noel Keogh, Byron Miller and Jesse Row
Grant Number: 2006-20

This policy brief examined the most current and cutting edge research on sustainable cities. It examines the principles of smart growth as a sustainable approach to urban sprawl. 10 key actions are identified to move Calgary on the road to smart growth. This resource is available as a hard copy in the AREF office.

 

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LawNow Summer 2007
By: LawNow Magazine
Grant Number: 2006-16

LawNow is a bi-monthly magazine that provides unique insights into the changing social conditions by examining and reflecting on contemporary issues from the perspective of the law. This edition featured consumer information on real estate. A hard copy of this resource is available in the AREF office.

 

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A Study of the Feasibility of a Reciprocal Insurance Exchange for Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association
By: Alberta Mortgage Brokers' Association
Grant Number: 2006-06

The study explores the feasibility of a reciprocal insurance exchange for the provision of professional liability insurance for members of the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association (AMBA). The study was undertaken as a component of its mission to provide the general public and other stakeholders with the highest possible standards of transparency, integrity, professional conduct, customer service, customer protection by compliance with a common code of ethics and business practices. A hard copy of this resource is available in the AREF office.

 

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Assessing the Proximate Value of Parks and Open Space to Residential Properties in Alberta
By: Alberta Recreation & Parks Association
Grant Number: 2006-05

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) recognizes that the increasing urbanization of Alberta has significant implications parks planning, quality of life and economically sustainable communities. The premise, upon which the Proximate Principle is based, is that residential properties located near an amenity such as a park, open space or water way, will attract a higher capitalized value. Further, the higher capitalized value will result in incrementally higher levels of municipal property taxes, which when aggregated, are theorized to be sufficient to pay for the annual costs related to the development and maintenance of the amenity.

 

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The International Housing Coalition Case Study 3: Aboriginal Housing in Canada: Building on Promising Practices
By: Canadian Real Estate Association
Grant Number: 2005-23

This study entitled Aboriginal Housing in Canada: Building On Promising Practices was prepared as part of a series organized by the International Housing Coalition (IHC) for presentation at the World Urban Forum in June 2006. This resource is available as a hard copy in the AREF office.

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People & Place
By: University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work
Grant Number: 2005-04

This report was written by the People and Place project team. It addresses the primary purpose of the project – a business rationale and strategy for the development of a mixed-use affordable housing/business incubator liner building along International Avenue (17th Avenue SE) in Greater Forest Lawn.

 

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The Fiscal Implications of Land Use in a Rural Municipality: A Cost of Community Services (COCS) Study for Red Deer County, Alberta
By: Miistakis Institute
Grant Number: 2004-36

Land use planning is a complex process. The report is designed to help connect the fiscal land use components of municipal decision making in a straight forward and cost-effective way. Red Deer county sits at Alberta’s centre. It is one of the fastest growing regions in Alberta. The county looked at the cost of community services study to better plan for the future.

 

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The Wetaskiwin Comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment for the City of Wetaskiwin the County of Wetaskiwin No.10 and the Town of Millet
By: Seniors' Homes & Community Housing
Grant Number: 2004-34

This comprehensive housing needs assessment is designed to provide an overall strategy for Seniors’ Homes & Community Housing to follow in addressing affordable housing issues within the City of Wetaskiwin, the County of Wetaskiwin No. 10 and the Town of Millet. This resource is available in hard copy format at the AREF office.

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Farm, Ranch and Acreage Property Program: Needs Assessment December 2004
By: Olds College
Grant Number: 2004-30

A unique training opportunity for REALTOR®S® to achieve excellence in rural client service . The course includes: * Presentations from experts in related fields * Touring country residential properties and looking at characteristics that affect value * Critical thinking and group discussion to turn industry challenges into solutions.

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Urban Growth and Land Use Initiative
By: Canada West Foundation
Grant Number: 2004-05

The Urban Growth and Land Use Initiative is a part of the Canada West Foundation’s “Western Cities Project”. The report outlines the environmental costs of current development and highlights the potential econmic and environmental benefits of integrating natual features and ecological services into community design. The overall intent of the report is to encourage policmakers, the development industry , consumers and other interested parties to work together to enhance public policy. This resource is available in hard copy format in the AREF office.

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The Open Space Toolkit for Alberta: Alberta’s Amenities Rush
By: Chinook Institute
Grant Number: 2003-42

The Open Space Toolkit for Alberta is a community training workshop series designed to help rural residents understand and practice sustainable land use and conservation. The booklet and accompanying workshops are meant to engage community residents, municipal officials, and land management and development professionals in a dialogue that provides an understanding of the nature of Alberta’s current growth and its impacts, imparts an appreciation of the ecological and cultural values of natural landscapes, and offers strategies and tools that help participants identify, anticipate and address local land use issues.

 

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A Conservation Tool Chest for Landowners: Investing in the Land You Love
By: Grand Prairie Real Estate Board
Grant Number: 2002-25

A booklet created for private landowners by the Alberta Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada outlining the various tools that are available for private land conservation; ways for individuals to protect their rural communities and the stunning landscapes that surround them. This resource is available in hard copy format in the AREF office.

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REALTOR® Safety Education Initiative Package
By: Alberta Real Estate Association
Grant Number: 2002-20

A package of REALTOR® safety educational materials to educate the real estate industry about the personal safety risks involved with being a REALTOR®, while at the same time assist brokers in complying with provincial legislation. This resource is available in hard copy format in the AREF office.

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Your New Home – A Guide to Healthy Living & Environmental Cost Saving
By: Green Calgary formerly known as Clean Calgary
Grant Number: 2001-34
Buying or Renting a New Home? Learn about improved home health and cost savings through energy efficiency, indoor air quality, water conservation and waste management. This guide will enable the reader to identify homes that offer a healthy living environment and below average operating costs. Included in the guide are checklists, websites and valuable information on assessing operating costs. The guide offers tips for assessing the health of a home and is a resource for both home owners and renters. More information can be found on the Clean Calgary website.

 

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Cochrane Affordable Housing Strategy – Building our Community for the Future
By: Housing Strategies Inc. for Cochrane Family & Community Support Services
Grant Number: 2001-16

A document which was created to serve as a long-term working guide to help the community achieve continuity in the housing continuum. It is divided into two components: the Strategy and, the Needs Assessment. This resource is available in hard copy format in the AREF office.

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Developing A Model of Shared Accommodation: The Case of the Revolving Door Housing Program
By: Judith McGrath, M.A., M.Phil for the Alberta Real Estate Foundation
Grant Number: 2000-14

An articulation of the revolving door housing model created by CHOOSE: The Fellowship. The paper also goes on to identify the factors critical to the model’s success and look at how the model could be adapted and extended to meet the needs of other cities and target groups. This resource is available in hard copy format in the AREF office.

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