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Low-cost housing apartment to be Passive House certified

Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency / Volume 4, Issue 3

Paying only $28 per year in heating costs sounds too good to be true, but it has become reality in an Ottawa neighbourhood. A recently opened affordable housing complex is expected to be the first of its kind in North America to be Passive House certified.

The four-storey, 42-unit residence, built by Ottawa Salus, a charitable organization, offers housing for adults with severe mental illness. It was designed with strict environmental and cost-saving goals in mind, and it is estimated that the apartment building will be up to 90 percent more efficient than regular buildings. Ottawa Salus anticipates that the yearly energy consumption from the apartment building will be the same as that associated with a single family dwelling.

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Kingston is WALK friendly

Green Communities Canada / 17 April 2017

The City of Kingston has been designated as a 2016 Bronze Walk Friendly Community. This medium-sized city has done an impressive job of promoting walking and walkability and in engaging its citizens to increase walking rates. A large number of Kingston’s residents live close to their workplaces, providing a huge opportunity to increase the number of walkers. Kingston has consistently done well in the Commuter Challenge, and in 2016 recorded the highest participation rate in Ontario. The city has laid a great foundation for increasing walking through a variety of initiatives, plans and actions, including its stated vision of building “A Smart and Livable 21st Century City”, with an emphasis on active transportation as the guiding theme for all future municipal projects.

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Wanted! Tiny house manufacturers and owners

Beyond Events / 11 April 2017

Help us bring Ontario to the forefront of the Tiny House movement by exhibiting your tiny house at Ontario’s first (and finest) Tiny House Festival – [to be held in Perth and] following the example of Quebec’s successful “Festival Mini-Maisons.” Details follow.

The goal of the festival is to inspire and explore options to reduce the ecological footprint in the construction of homes. The festival provides an important opportunity to market products and services and promote businesses to an appreciative and informed audience.

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Leeds-Grenville moves ahead with paved shoulders

Brockville Active Mobility Matters / Alan Medcalf / 04 April 2017

In a unanimous vote today, the Committee of the Whole of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville passed the following motion:

THAT the Committee of the Whole recommends consideration of paved shoulders in its award of the 2017 County Road 2 contract for the reconstruction of part of the road between Johnstown and Cardinal; and

THAT staff prepare a full financial analysis of paved shoulders in the upcoming update of the Counties’ Asset Management Plan.

If followed through, this would bring Leeds Grenville on par with jurisdictions regionally and further afield who have recognized the cost savings and myriad other benefits of paving shoulders on rural roads.

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newterra showcasing toilet-to-tap technology

Newterra / 22 March 2017

World Water Day is a great time to reflect on how precious every drop of water is, particularly when much of the world does not have access to clean, safe, drinking water. According to a report by World Health Organization (www.who.int), half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas by the year 2025. Given these facts, it’s easy to see how critically important it is that we think about ways to reuse wastewater. newterra (www.newterra.com), a leader in modular water, wastewater, and groundwater treatment solutions, is working hard to expand global access with innovative, safe, and efficient water treatment technology.

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OREC targets $2 M with fifth securities offering

OREC / 16 January 2017

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op launches its fifth securities offering and is seeking to raise up to $2 million to invest in four local solar power projects. The Co-op’s latest projects include a rooftop project at both the Twin Elm Rugby Park and KIN Vineyard in Carp along with a ground mount system in Alfred, Ontario, and a rooftop system on a private building. These projects will start to produce power for the grid starting in June, 2017.

OREC’s previous four securities offerings raised $5.1 million, financing 13 solar rooftop projects in Ottawa – four of which are found on local French language schools.

“Working with the French school boards to install these solar projects has been such a pleasure. We are accomplishing our environmental and educational goals, while also providing a profitable, socially-responsible investment option for our members,” says Janice Ashworth, OREC’s General Manager.

Investments can be made by purchasing Preference Shares or Member Investment Notes and is open to all residents of Eastern Ontario who become members of the co-op. OREC’s preference shares have 20-year terms, are RRSP & TFSA-eligible, and average a 4% annual dividend plus return of capital over time. Member Investment Notes have five year terms and provide a fixed 3% annual return with the capital returned at the end of year five.

As opposed to a mutual fund where individual investors have little control, with a co-op, every investor becomes a member and has a vote in decisions that affect operations and investments.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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