Exploration of Accessible Housing’s Inclusio Experience

Accessible Housing is a non-profit organisation and registered charity, which helps open doors to homes that are both accessible and affordable for people with limited mobility, a growing population with unmet needs in the province of Alberta. Recognising a need in the community for increased mobility-restricted and cost-effective housing, the Accessible Housing Society undertook the development a 45-suite home known as Inclusio. Through the initial design, development and operation of Inclusio, Accessible Housing gained a great deal of knowledge about not only construction design and development but also additionally, how the services provided integrate in the most useful way for residents within the building design. Through a generous grant provided by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, Accessible Housing has been able to gather this learned information and share the story of Inclusio with many stakeholders.

 

 

 

A Design Guide for Affordable Housing

The primary goal of this guide is to provide design recommendations – derived from evidence-based scientific literature – that may enhance mentalwellbeing. This guide hopes to be a benchmark to allow affordable housing stakeholders to consider the psychological impact of certain design elements. This is achieved by considering a balance between the cost efficiency of the design elements, and the benefit as supported by peer-reviewed psychological studies.

 

Determining the Value of Your Trees

The forested areas on lands are often overlooked for their values by many, but these forests and other treed areas often extremely valuable, holding values both in their ability to be sold as a product, and through natural functions that trees can provide while living. This document seeks to introduce you to major values and to help realise the potential that is in these areas.

Friends Of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society Pocket Map

Fish Creek Provincial Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America with more than 1,300 hectares of natural habitat, rich biodiversity and loads of hiking, walking and biking trails to explore.

Updated February 2020

 

Subsidiarity in Action: Effective Biodiversity Conservation and Municipal Innovation

This report examines the important contribution that municipalities can make to biodiversity conservation in Alberta where amendments to the Municipal Government Act empower, and indeed require, Alberta’s municipalities to enhance their environmental protection efforts. An examination of these changes, assessed using the principles of subsidiarity, environmental governance, and biocultural diversity, reveals that municipalities, both large and small, urban and rural, can innovate with novel legal initiatives to improve their biodiversity related conservation actions. Concurrently, while municipal innovation is possible, improving local biodiversity conservation action also requires innovations in funding, citizen engagement, and regional environmental governance. Municipalities are already recognized contributors to biodiversity conservation and great strides have been made at the municipal level to increase habitat connectivity. Current municipal conservation efforts need to be augmented to harness new statutory powers, capitalize on local knowledge and initiative, and enhance citizen education and engagement.

Evict Radon

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.

Landowners’ Primer for Unclaimed Oil & Gas Wells

With support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, the Pembina Institute has published the Landowner’s primer: what you need to know about unreclaimed oil and gas wells to help those who are most impacted. Designed as a complementary follow up to our 2016 publication, the Landowners’ Guide to Oil and Gas Development , this primer addresses questions and examines problems landowners face when dealing with operators who are under financial strain and still have unreclaimed oil and gas infrastructure on landowners’ property.

Rural Routes to Climate Solutions Podcast

Farmers and ranchers can play a pivotal role in building the low-carbon economy of the future. Especially in Alberta, home to one-third of Canada’s agricultural land and two important carbon sinks—grasslands and the boreal forest. The wildrose province also has some of the best solar and wind power resources in Canada.

Climate solutions are often viewed as being an inconvenience to our everyday lives. But farm solutions are climate solutions and many of them have multiple concrete benefits that go beyond stopping climate change: improving soil fertility; creating new economic opportunities; protecting biodiversity; energy independence and building resiliency against droughts and floods. It is a win-win strategy.

Sustainable Action Canmore Booklet

The Biosphere Institute, in collaboration with the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, local REALTORS® and the Town of Canmore, created this booklet to help new residents of the Bow Valley take part in meeting the goals of Town of Canmore’s Climate Action Plan. Learn more about the Climate Action Plan goals here.

WellWiki Alberta

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.

Alberta Narratives Project

The Alberta Narratives Project Report I and Report II are intended to provide practical guidance for climate and energy communicators about what language works well and – crucially – what language might pose an obstacle for communicating with any specific group.

Report I, Communicating Climate Change and Energy in Alberta is concerned with finding the language that works best across Albertan society by helping to find common ground across very different positions. This generates a core narrative that can be applied for general public engagement.

Report II, Communicating Climate Change and Energy with Different Audiences in Alberta offers tailored language that can be the basis of effective communications with each of the following groups: oil sands workers, conservatives, environmentalists, rural Albertans, business leaders, youth, new Canadians and people of faith.

These are guidebooks, not rulebooks. Skilled communications should always listen to their audiences, and experiment with new and fresh ways of speaking.

Advancements in Irrigation Agriculture with Implications for Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship in Southern Alberta

The final report of a study investigating the adoption of technological advancements in irrigation agriculture found irrigators are actively adopting these technologies, generating benefits for irrigators, the broader communities that depend on irrigation, and the environment. Often referred to as “precision agriculture”, the technologies improve crop yield and quality, as well as reduce farm inputs. Examples of such technologies are GPS systems, satellite imagery, auto-steer technology, and weather monitoring sensors.

The study, entitled “Advancements in Irrigation Agriculture with Implications for Economic and Community Development and Environmental Stewardship in Southern Alberta”, surveyed Taber Irrigation District irrigators. The findings were recently released by researchers Drs. Lorraine and Chris Nicol of the University of Lethbridge.

The study found:
– 81% of irrigators have adopted some form of precision agriculture;
– yearly crop yields have increased an average 20% and yearly crop quality has increased an average 16%;
– yearly reductions in irrigation water, fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides have ranged from 14% to 24%;
– precision agriculture technologies are being applied largely to specialty crops;
– for 85% of adopters, precision agriculture has affected their overall farm management approach;
– 89% of adopters are highly satisfied with the technology;
– 92% of adopters plan to adopt additional precision agriculture technologies in the future;
– non-adopters indicate small operations, high investment costs, and incompatibility of machines are the main reasons for their non-adoption of precision agriculture technologies.

Should Alberta Adopt a Land Transfer Tax?

Alberta does not have a land transfer tax on the sale of real property, nor should the province contemplate bringing one in. Instead, if the Alberta government seeks new tax revenue, it should institute a sales tax or raise property taxes.

This paper examines previous research on land transfer taxes in Canada, Australia and Europe, and concludes that such a tax would only add its own volatility to that inherent to Alberta’s resource revenue-based economy. Calculations show that a one-per-cent land transfer tax in Alberta would have yielded between $460 million and $500 million for provincial coffers in 2017. However appealing that amount of revenue sounds, the tax’s benefits do not outweigh its drawbacks.

 

A PACE Program in Alberta: An Analysis of the Issues

Poised to implement its own Property Assessed Clean Energy program (PACE), Alberta is in an ideal position to develop regulations that address the program’s main issues by learning from other jurisdictions’ experiences with PACE.

The goal of PACE is to help Albertans live greener by providing financing for clean energy upgrades to their properties. The funding would take the form of a loan repaid through an annual amount added to their property taxes.

A 2018 survey reported that 68 per cent of Albertans believe the provincial economy would benefit by transitioning to lower carbon energy sources. Nova Scotia’s experience has borne out PACE’s intrinsic value – homes with PACE-financed upgrades in that province reduced their total energy consumption by 33 per cent, thus saving approximately 10 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year for each home.

This paper examines the experiences with PACE in both the U.S. and Canada and offers a framework for creating an Alberta model. Still at square one with newly enacted legislation, the Alberta government must address through regulation such issues as the size of PACE loans, eligibility requirements for property owners, what types of environmental upgrades will be permitted and even the interest rate on loans funding the program.

The Standards of Professional Excellence

More than 90 per cent of Alberta consumers intend to employ a REALTOR® in their next real estate transaction. Three quarters of buyers and two-thirds of sellers plan to return to their same REALTOR® the next time they are considering a real estate transaction. But only one in two are likely to recommend that REALTOR® to friends and family, and younger consumers are significantly more critical of their experiences than baby boomers.

In Winter 2016-17, AREA conducted qualitative and quantitative market research on consumer and REALTOR® perceptions of REALTORS®, with funding support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation. This research identified areas where REALTORS® are excelling, as well as areas REALTORS® can improve their service to clients.

 

Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of the Shell Waterton Complex

Often, when a major industry or employer leaves a community, it tends to happen rather suddenly: recall when General Motors announced in November 2018 that it would close its Oshawa assembly plant by the end of 2019, putting nearly 3,000 people of out of work. In contrast, by announcing the potential closure of the Waterton Complex years in advance, Shell has given our community a unique opportunity to proactively plan for our future.

SASCI’s socio-economic impact assessment gives us fact-based evidence about the magnitude and scope of the potential impacts of the loss of this significant economic driver. Now, with that information in hand, SASCI will be turning its mind – as well as its expertise in community engagement, collaboration, capacity-building, and facilitation – to advancing diversification and resilience in the community. Our goal is to rally the community and put our collective energy, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship to work in shaping the economic future of our region.

 

Nexus Water Brochure

Founded in 2006, in the spirit of the Water for Life strategy, the Alberta WaterPortal provides inclusive research, community engagement, and educational activities to improve the public’s understanding of the importance of water in Alberta, as well as providing Albertans with the knowledge needed to make better water management decisions.

Today’s water challenges and opportunities clearly cross many different jurisdictions, stakeholders and communities. Addressing the protection, allocation and management of our water resources and water systems requires creative mechanisms for dialogue and networking, as well as coordinated efforts to explore and share data and experiences among water users, managers, and researchers.

Residential Rebates for Alberta’s Homeowners

Homeowners in Alberta are becoming more conscious of the value of energy efficiency, and because of this, buyers and sellers alike are adding home efficiency upgrades and deficiencies to their “must have” or “to do” list. With funding from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, AREA, in partnership with the Pembina Institute, wants to empower Alberta’s REALTORS® by providing them with information that can enrich client relationships during Alberta’s energy transition. REALTORS® have a unique opportunity to add value to their services by educating their clients on the current energy efficiency features of a property and assisting them in identifying energy efficiency opportunities. This series of tools and resources is designed to help REALTORS® educate themselves on, and market themselves to clients who are actively interested in residential energy efficiency, as well as assist in marketing properties to energy-conscious buyers.

Tenant Education Project

Camrose Open Door Association is a regional non-profit organization that offers support services and hope to youth in need between the ages of 11-24. The Open Door offers support, effective services, and a safe place for youth in need to grow and transition into successful adulthood, becoming contributing members of the community. This pilot project will provide hard to house tenants with the knowledge, tools and support that they need in order to be successful renters. The project will incorporate development of workshop curriculum, education sessions, appropriate community referrals, security deposit assistance and ongoing support to assist the tenant in stabilizing their housing situation.

Laws for Landlords and Tenants in Alberta

Canadian Rental Housing Index

The Index is a comprehensive database that compiles rental housing statistics for cities, regions, and provinces across Canada. See how much rent Canadians are paying in different parts of the country, compare affordability measures and find out where residents are overcrowded and severely overspending on housing.

The Alberta Water Nexus: Energy, Food, People

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.

Renting Basics – Easy Read Guide to Renting in ALberta

This resource allows CPLEA to continue to help Albertans understand housing law by providing easy to understand legal information through the website, resources and workshops. Its services are timely, practical and available across the province, which means CPLEA can provide help to rural people and to vulnerable audiences who do not have other housing or legal help available to them.

Attic Insulation

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 on attic insulation is the first part of a series of energy efficiency educational tools for Alberta’s REALTORS® and their clients. Look for more resources in the near future here.

Smart Home Series: Part 4 – The Energy Detective

 

 

Conservation Easements for Landowners

A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement between a landowner and a qualified organization (such as the Legacy Land Trust Society) which limits the amount and type of development that can occur on a property in order to preserve its natural character and agricultural potential.

When a landowner takes on a conservation easement there are associated financial benefits that can help landowners pass their property on to heirs or to new owners as a viable agricultural unit or a natural landscape.

Although conservation easements have been used in Alberta since 1996, many people are still unfamiliar with them. They are a flexible tool that help to meet landowner and land trust needs, but can also be quite complex. This booklet is not a replacement for the expert advice you need related to your individual situation – talk to your lawyer, your tax advisor, and your estate planner about what a conservation easement can mean for you.

Energy Efficiency Savings Opportunities for Alberta’s Homeowners

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.

Green Acreages Guide Primer

As a landowner you want to do the right thing for your property. The Green Acreages Guide Primer, an introduction to rural living, can help you better understand what it means to be a rural property owner and identify stewardship practices that will help you conserve and protect the valuable natural assets associated with your property.

New content! The Green Acreages Guide Primer has been updated with new and updated links in “Further Resources” as well as new information for acreages owners on “Resource Development and Extraction” and “Easements and Rights-of-Way”.

 

Landowners’ Guide to Oil and Gas Development Primer

In the following pages, you’ll find a brief overview of some of the information landowners need about oil and gas development on or near their land. There are hundreds of different questions — and answers — with complex regulations and information to digest. The following questions are just a sample.

Landowners’ Guide to Oil and Gas Development

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?

Albertans’ attitudes towards a new park establishment in Alberta

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.

Accessible University

Accessible U is an initiative of Accessible Housing. It is an information hub created to help you find useful information about accessibility, especially in residential environments.  It is designed to inform and empower people, thereby contributing to a more accessible Alberta.

Condo Law for Albertans

Condo Law for Albertans is a project of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) (legal name: Legal Resource Centre), a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people understand the law as it affects their everyday lives. We develop plain language online tools, publications, and presentations to help people recognize and respond to their legal rights and responsibilities.

SpaceFinder Alberta

SpaceFinder Alberta is a free matchmaking tool for renters looking for creative space, and spaces looking to promote their rentals.

Venues can market unbooked rental space by creating a listing and uploading a digital calendar, while creatives can discover space based on location, price, amenities, up-to-date availability and more.

Green Home Energy Toolkit

The Green Home Energy Toolkit provides tools, tests and information to help you understand your household energy use and help you identify some ways to save energy and money.

To sign out the toolkit, visit Edmonton Public Library and place one on hold.

Albertans’ Values and Attitudes toward Recreation and Wilderness

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.

 

Challenges and Solutions in Acquiring Water for Housing Development

A study in 2015 found preliminary evidence that in some municipalities in the Calgary region, housing developers are facing challenges when it comes to acquiring licensed water allocations for new housing developments (Nicol & Nicol, 2015). This study explored the issue of water challenges and housing development in more depth. The study focussed on housing development in three of the most water-stressed municipalities in the Calgary region – the municipalities of Rocky View County, M.D. Foothills and the town of Okotoks, and involved personal interviews with 15 housing developers in the region. The study considered four main lines of inquiry: (a) developers’ views of water challenges; (b) the nature and source of the problem; (c) the consequence of water challenges; and (d) solutions. An additional dimension of the study involved a preliminary assessment of the potential impact a decline in housing construction could have on the real estate sector.

Best practices for responsible wind development in Alberta

In order to meet the Government of Alberta’s goal of generating 30% of electricity from renewable power sources by 2030, 5,000 megawatts (MW) will need to be added to the province’s electrical grid, with a large portion of this capacity coming from wind. However, if this additional wind power is going to gain social acceptance, it must be done in a way that is environmentally and socially responsible, to address the concerns of Albertans and maximize the benefits associated with wind development.

This report is based on a series of case studies, looking at examples in Alberta, the U.S., and Europe, examining the best practices for wind development. While this report does not represent an exhaustive list of best practices, it does offer some guidance for how wind projects can be responsibly developed in Alberta. Based on the research, there are several practices wind developers and governments can adopt to encourage stakeholders to accept wind projects.

A Sustainable Water Supply for Alberta: Managing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

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.

Energy Poverty — An Agenda for Alberta

This paper grew from a demonstration project to prove the business case for energy efficiency upgrades to affordable housing properties in Calgary.

Storytelling Through Social Media: Community League Social Media Training Manual

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.

Great Cities Report – Profiles in municipal excellence

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.

Green Condo Guide

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.

What Lies Beneath? Buyer Beware.

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.

Education of Condominium Owners and Buyers

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.

CURB Magazine Issue 5.1: Boomtowns

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.

Sustainable Action Canmore Booklet

Are you a REALTOR® that has clients new to Canmore? Help them feel more at home: Give them a Sustainable Action Canmore booklet. Hard copies available from the Biosphere Institute.

*FOR UPDATED VERSION CLICK HERE*

Community Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Canada

Communities – the places where we live, work and play – account for 60% of energy use in Canada, as well as over half of all greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). In other words, when we invest, plan and implement effectively for Smart Energy Communities, we can have a direct impact on addressing Canada’s energy and GHG challenges. A Community Energy Plan is a tool that helps communities define priorities around energy with a view to improving efficiency, cutting emissions and driving economic development.

The resources developed from the GTI Project are available here to help communities that currently have a Community Energy Plan navigate the challenges and get to implementation. They are also designed to help communities currently without a plan to design an integrated and principle-based Community Energy Plan that optimizes the benefits and is poised for implementation.

 

Dynamics of Alberta’s Cattle Sector – Implications, Opportunities and Constraints of a Systems View

This project was catalyzed by Operation Grassland Community, with a focus on building a dynamic simulator that could track cattle dynamics and explore alternative cattle production strategies in Alberta against a range of economic, social, and environmental factors. This report is a written summary that accompanies the Alberta Livestock Alces Online (ALAO) simulator (www.online.alces).

Traversing Terrain and Experience: Atlas of the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds

The land that drains into the Battle River and Sounding Creek- these watersheds- provide a backdrop for the unfolding lives lived full of courage and tragedy, heroism and heartbreak. Over time, this landscape has witnessed the retreat of glaciers, Indigenous peoples and great herds of bison, the arrival of the Fur Trade and European settlers, the ploughing of fields, and the creation of modern cities. This book tells these stories, and many more.

Format: full hard copy available at AREF’s office

 

Placemaking By CURB Magazine

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.

Service Excellence Program by Alberta Real Estate Association

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 

Green Acreages Guide Primer

Green Acreages Guide primer was developed to coincide with the Green Acreages guide. The primer contains introductory information from the guide that acreage owners can use to begin thinking about best management practices.

This resource was updated in 2016.

Southern Foothills Community Land Stewardship Initiative

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.

Survey of Municipalities and Landtrusts

Phase I of the project will collect information regarding the resource needs and assess the demand for conservation planning among municipalities and land trusts in Alberta as well as the need to address public concerns within communities.

Scattered Site Housing Challenges for formerly Homeless

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.

Seniors’ Housing Series

Formerly the Legal Resource Centre. A series of brochures produced addressing numerous concerns of Alberta Seniors with regards to rental and home ownership. These include Life Leases, Renting out a Room in Your Home, Renting a Condominium, Reverse Mortgages.

 

Start-up Marketing and Outreach

Development of educational outreach tools to be used to assist in community and stakeholder outreach and communications that would enhance the understanding and benefits of natural areas within the urban development context of Edmonton & Area.

The Living Home from Concept to Completion

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.

Sustainability Network

The Pathways 2 Sustainability Conference explored community resilience and sustainability as it relates to Food, Fuel, and Finance.

 

Tunnel Mountain Bench Signage


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.

Alberta Tomorrow – Educating Alberta Students on Alberta’s Land Use Issues

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.

 

The Canadian Water Innovation Lab 2010 – October 18-14 in Ekshaw Alberta Final Report

Waterlution’s ‘unconference’ brought together 250 young Canadians from diverse communities and sectors for a week of dialogue, field tours, and applied workshops around water issues.

Member Reengagement Study

The intent of this application was to assess the service needs of the CREB membership, which would assist CREB in its strategic planning.

Private Land Conservation Opportunities in Alberta’s Bow Valley

This report sets forth the plan, promotion, and implementation of a private land conservation agenda for the Bow Valley that will contribute to continentally significant outcomes for biodiversity protection, consequently sustaining the real estate property market over time.

Communicating Ecological Worth

Educational and outreach presentation materials developed by Cows and Fish to reach a diverse audience of Albertans, including realtors.

Creating Intelligent Livable Cities, Presentation by Marilyn Hamilton.

An educational program offering presentations geared to teaching Alberta communities about 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.

Ecologically Sustainable Industrial Parks: An Oxymoron? Presentation by Ramond Cote

An educational program offering presentations geared to teaching Alberta communities about 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.

Transportation Land Use Connection presentation by E.J. Miller


An educational program offering presentations geared to teaching Alberta communities about 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.

Long Term Sustainability Protocol Development

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.

Greening Roofs in Edmonton

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.

Carsharing in Greater Forest Lawn

This research of carsharing in the Greater Forest Lawn area by Peter Schryvers was a component of a larger research study examining travel and housing location choice behaviors of households in Calgary. Thirteen households in total were recruited for the study, seven of which came from the Greater Forest Lawn area. ARUSHA supervised the study as part of its social marketing campaign for carsharing in Calgary.

Sustainable Action Canmore

This project was a pioneering community-based program designed to foster sustainable behaviour among the Town’s households. Combining door-to-door canvassing with the tools of Community-Based Social Marketing, the program enlisted residents to take action in one of four domains: water use, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and transportation impacts.

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Recommended Standards and Practises for Alberta Land Trusts


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.

MLS Listings for Existing Homes “Green” Rating System – Feasibility Study

This study assessed the feasibility of incorporating a “green” building rating system into the MLS® System for resale homes in Alberta. 

Grow Op Remediation

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.

 

Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta

A comprehensive analysis of how land use impacts the health of watersheds, Making the Connection points out the best – and often cheapest – way to maintain clean drinking water, healthy aquatic ecosystems, and abundant fisheries is not to allow them to be compromised in the first place.

Healthy Homes Calgary Participant Experience

DVD of participants relating their experience with the Healthy Homes Calgary program and the difference it made to their lives. This resource is available as a hard copy in DVD format in the AREF office.

Conservation Brochure


The Alberta Land Trust Alliance (ALTA) is a not-for-profit organization that strives to ensure Alberta’s future landscapes are rich in biodiversity and have strong ecological integrity. The Foundation funded a series of factsheets on private land conservation in Alberta and the services offered by land trusts. Hard copy available in the AREF office.

 

Crowsnest Pass: Stewardship for Sustainability

Real Estate Professionals and buyers looking for property in the Crowsnest Pass have a booklet to inform them about development in this beautiful part of Alberta known for its recreational opportunities.

 

Alberta’s Real Estate Heritage

The real estate industry in Alberta has played a vital role in shaping communities. Not only has it contributed to the province’s economic development, the history of the transactions it facilitates also chronicle the social, political, demographic, and architectural heritage of cities, towns and rural communities across the province. Collectively and individually, real estate professionals have made and continue to make significant contributions to the fabric of the province, and these deserve to be made known. Alberta’s Real Estate Heritage website is an educational multimedia website showcasing information about all aspects of the real estate industry – its history, people, and landmark buildings.

A Roof Over Our Heads Update

The way in which policy-makers address affordable housing and homelessness has implications for all Canadians. With many federal housing programs set to expire in 2009, it is an appropriate time to carefully consider the future of housing policy. Moreover, numerous studies are showing that a lack of affordable housing is a major reason for increased homelessness. This report provides an overview of federal, provincial, territorial, and select municipal policies.

Renting 101 – A Guide to Renting in Alberta

Taking the laws that apply to renters in Alberta and presenting them in a useful, quick-reference format, this booklet can be used as a convenient ready-reference source for students and first-time renters. This is the latest publication resulting from Phase V of the Legal Resource Centre’s Residential Tenancies Legal Information Program.

 

Sustainability Primer

These latest publications offer creative methods to help municipalities, businesses and organizations find the balance between planning futures and protecting the environment. The Sustainability Primer offers strategies to difficult planning challenges, while Planning for Sustainability: A Planners Guide details the framework to develop strategic and sustainable goals.

Planning for Sustainability – A Starter Guide

These latest publications offer creative methods to help municipalities, businesses and organizations find the balance between planning futures and protecting the environment. The Sustainability Primer offers strategies to difficult planning challenges, while Planning for Sustainability: A Planners Guide details the framework to develop strategic and sustainable goals.

Strategic Research Draft Summary Presentation: Edmonton Residential Real Estate, REALTOR®S & Consumer Expectations


Professional research through focus groups and a consumer survey to determine what the public knows about RECA and their role, the public’s relationship with RECA and what they want (need) from the regulator to protect them.

Future of Alberta Land Use Customized Land Use Presentations for the Real Estate Industry by Brad Stelfox

This is a customized and interactive powerpoint presentation focused on the real estate industry in Alberta, with emphasis on residential growth.

o Comparison of growing out (sprawl) vs growing up. o Indicators on land footprint, infrastructural construction and maintenance costs, commuting time, fuel requirements, etc. o Projected population growth in urban, rural residential, and agricultural residential settings.

o Changes to family metrics (size, age, other demographics) and how they will influence demand side for different growth forms.

Grant #: 2008-14
Author: Alberta Real Estate Foundation
Year: 2008
Format: Alberta Land Use Presentation

King Tower Solar Wall Report

An energy investigation into the solar wall currently in use at King Tower. The investigation provides a good estimate of the energy output of the solar wall system (2008-2009).

Building Towards Water Efficiency: Policy Innovation and Education in New and Existing Homes

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.

 

Crowsnest Pass Affordable Housing Needs Assessment

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

Alberta Green Roof Conference

The Alberta Ecoroof Initiative co-hosted a regional conference on green roofs in 2008 with the Calgary Zoo and various local organizations. One hundred delegates attended the conference representing a variety of industries including landscaping, architecture, roofing, and real estate and development. The conference featured speakers from Canada and the US on demonstrating the benefits of a green roof system, sharing information on challenges, and advancing an action plan to establish a local green roof industry through case study review, research and policy development. On June 10, 2008, 52 delegates participated in a tour of green roofs both old and newly established to demonstrate what has already been achieved in and around Calgary. The tour concluded at the Alberta Ecoroof Initiative demonstration roof at the Alastair Ross Technology Centre in the University Research Park.

Municipal Land Development Policies and Regulations and the Impact on Calgary Housing Affordability

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