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For this year's fourth and final virtual building tour, we're going international and heading down to Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Folks seeking alternatives to LEED certification, this is your chance to learn about the Living Building Challenge.

In the design of the studio, the decision to pursue building within the Materials Petal framework via the
Living Building Challenge followed from MSR Design's industry leadership related to healthy and sustainable materials. MSR Design wanted every material choice in their industry to be a good choice and has developed guidelines around transparency, sustainability, and health for the firm’s own materials library.

The team set an initial embodied carbon target of 10 lbs/sqft CO2e and was able ultimately able to achieve 8.67 lbs/sqft.

You'll also hear about the air-quality monitoring that took place during construction - something very relevant now in an age of COVID.

  • Building Name: 510 Marquette-MSR Design Studio
  • Building Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Year Built: 2019
  • Key Sustainable Feature: LBC Petal Certification: Materials, Beauty and Equity
  • Building Use: Workplace

Two principles of the Living Building Challenge:

1. Living Building Challenge compliance is based on actual, rather than modelled or anticipated, performance. Therefore, projects must be operational for at least twelve consecutive months prior to an audit to verify Imperative compliance.

2. All Living Building Challenge projects must be holistic—addressing aspects of all seven Petals through the Core Imperatives.

Join to see the materials selected up close. Learn about the planning, the role of embodied carbon calculations and more about the Living Building Challenge.

TOUR GUIDES - Traci Lesneski, Rhys MacPherson, Simona Fischer - MSR Design

Thanks to event sponsor Duxton Windows for helping to make these tours happen.

Members get 50% off. Free for Student Members

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161 buildings signed up in Year 1 of the City of Winnipeg's Building Energy Disclosure Project.

The project has a number of interactive features including

Participating buildings receive a scorecard once a year.

The 2020 annual report has been released.  It features:

  • Detailed results of energy use by building type
  • Case studies
    • Kenaston Liquor Mart
    • Canadian Museum for Human Rights
    • Sir William Stephenson Library
  • Key Findings & Lessons Learned
    • Leveraging the direct connection and data management capacity of Manitoba Hydro is essential
    • Complete performance data enables easier building to building comparisons
    • Building types with higher EUI values typically have high GHG emissions intensity values - except for buildings that are fully electric
    • To encourage participation, administrative and resource support for participants is critical
  • Next Steps
    • Additional initiative outreach and engagement to be conducted, including enhanced partnerships with industry associations and government organizations
    • Leveraging the direct data connection capabilities of Manitoba Hydro and ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for new participants
    • Continued support and alignment with City's overall sustainability plans and goals and Provincial goals and regulation

Participation is voluntary and is open to multiple types of commercial and institutional buildings that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Located within the City of Winnipeg limits
  • A minimum of 20,000 square feet (smaller sizes will be considered for Public Sector Organizations (PSO) or other interested building types)
  • Come under the definition of any commercial or institutional building categorization as defined by the project guide
  • Willing to share the full energy profile of participating buildings through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®
Registration is straightforward.
Read the full report


Join the next Lunch and Learn
October 18th - noon

Did you know that according to Statistics Canada, construction, renovation and demolition waste accounts for about 12% of all solid waste generated in Canada? Or that only an estimated 16 percent of construction waste is reclaimed?

In July 2009 the Waste Reduction and Recycling Support (WRARS) Program was established to improve Manitoba's waste diversion rate, encourage sustainable waste management practices and enhance municipal waste diversion activities via $10 per tonne levy.

Join to hear some perspectives on how it is working and if there are any plans to change it.

The City of Winnipeg’s standing policy committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development, pushed by groups like Manitoba Heavy Construction Association, ordered a report on how to become more robust when it comes to recycling programs for construction waste such as asphalt, pavement and crushed concrete.

Join to learn some thoughts on the outcomes of this report and how it might impact you.

Curious to know more about the broader challenges and opportunities related to Construction, Renovation and Demolition (CRD) waste diversion?

Join to identify and be able to pursue opportunities for reducing, recycling and/or diverting construction, renovation and demolition waste.


Mike Fernandes owns and operates StrategyMakers Consulting Inc. providing strategic advisory and project management support services to governments, public sector agencies, non-profit organizations and small and medium-sized businesses primarily in two areas of specialty: environmental sustainability & organizational strategy, management and leadership.

Over his 25+ year career, Mike has successfully completed numerous projects in a wide range of sectors both within Manitoba and across Canada. Mike holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of Winnipeg, an M.B.A. from the IH Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, and a “no formal certificate, but plenty of valuable lessons” from the school of running your own small business.

Members get 50% off and are free for students.

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The Manitoba government has lost a two-year-long court battle against the federal government's carbon pricing plan.

A Federal Court judge has rejected Manitoba's argument that Ottawa should not have imposed an escalating minimum price on carbon, because the province was planning its own emissions plan that could have been just as effective.

"The [Ottawa] decisions were consistent with the statutory purpose of reducing [greenhouse gas] emissions by putting a price on them," Justice Richard Mosely wrote in a judgment released Tuesday.

"The inclusion of Manitoba on the list [of provinces subject to federally imposed pricing] was consistent with the statutory purpose and the guideline of ensuring that emissions pricing is applied broadly in Canada."

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The Public Utilities Board has approved a rate hike for Crown-owned Centra Gas to take effect Nov. 1 and be reviewed again for February due to an increase in the market price of natural gas.  The rates are reviewed quarterly

The board is allowing an increase in the primary gas rate to 19 cents a cubic metre from 13 and says the impact on an annual bill will be 17 percent or $124 a year for the average residential customer.

"Natural gas storage levels remain below average, in part due to lower production that was further affected after Hurricane Ida moved through the Gulf of Mexico's oil and gas producing region, As well, there is strong demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to both Asia and Europe. These market conditions are pushing gas market prices upward across North America and globally."

The change does not affect people who have fixed-price contracts with Centra Gas or third parties.

The regulator says this is the biggest increase in many years and Centra Gas should continue to work with customers who might struggle to pay their bills.  Efficiency Manitoba does have an "Energy Efficiency Assistance Program" for free energy efficiency upgrades for income-qualifying households.

Read the full decision from the PUB


All BRACE courses will be offered free of charge. Registration is now open for the first course, Climate Change 101, being offered on November 4th.

The Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) / Manitoba Climate Resilience Training (MCRT) will offer 18 introductory climate change courses for all sectors coming this winter. These courses will give engineers, planners, geoscientists, Northern businesses, and Indigenous organizations a shared foundation of the most up-to-date climate science information. In the new year, the BRACE/MCRT infrastructure sector will offer three courses of particular interest to engineers, geoscientists, and infrastructure decision-makers: 
  • Infrastructure Climate Risk Assessment and How to Conduct an Assessment Featuring PIEVC
  • An Introduction to Climate Change through Codes, Standards, and Regulations
  • Nature-based Infrastructure Solutions to Enhance Resilience
In addition to the above courses, anyone is welcome to take any of the courses led by the other BRACE/MCRT sectors, including:
  • Core Principles in Climate Change Risk Assessment
  • Indigenous-led Climate Change Solutions
  • Communicating Climate Change
  • Business Continuity Planning and Climate Change
  • An introduction to Cost-benefit Analysis
Click here for course details and registration
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Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (1pm~5pm) – Bus tour 1
MARR has arranged an exclusive and comprehensive tour of the City of Winnipeg’s integrated recycling, diversion and organic waste management operations. The guided tour will take participants through the Brady Road 4R depot, leaf and yard waste, and biosolids composting operations followed by a second stop at the City’s relatively new wood chipping, soil fabrication and prairie grassland reclamation site at Summit Road landfill. The tour offers participants a first-hand view of how the City is putting Circular Economy principles in practice.
Bus tour 1 price: MARR Members: $40 per person; Non-Members: $60 per person

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 – Full Day of Information, Workshops & Networking
CanadInns Polo Park (1405 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg)
Topics and presenters are still being worked out and final details will be posted soon. You can expect another full line-up of knowledgeable speakers plus interactive panel discussions on topics to help you deliver efficient and effective recycling and waste reduction programs.
Price for Nov 3rd: MARR Members: $109 per person*; Non-Members: $169 per person
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Wednesday, November 24
8:00 am – 4:30 pm with a cocktail reception to follow
Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park 1405 St Matthews Ave

Featuring Keynote Speaker Linda Coady, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, this year’s conference will focus on pathways to a net-zero future, focusing on the following topics:

  • Environmental Social Governance
  • Economic and Environmental Recovery
  • Indigenous Pathways to Sustainability
  • The Next Generation: Students in Environmental Studies
  • Local Examples of Net-Zero and Carbon Greenhouse Gas Awareness
when registering let them know you're a member!
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Manitoba Women In Trades has announced its second annual conference.

The Purpose of This Conference:
March 16, 2022 (7:30am-4:00pm)
More info


Structure Tech - Our Thoughts on the new Minneapolis Energy Disclosure program

It’s official, Minneapolis is implementing a Time of Sale Energy Disclosure program, which takes effect on January 15, 2020. For today’s episode, we invited Structure Tech home inspector and Minneapolis Truth-in-Sale of Housing Evaluator George Ury onto the show to help discuss this new program. We explain why the program is happening, the nuances of the program, the stuff we don’t yet know, and how this will affect people selling their homes in Minneapolis.

Listen here


Sustainable Building Manitoba Membership, building a community of solutions

SBM members are a critical part of the advocacy, education and promotional work on sustainable building in Manitoba.


Remind yourself of all the member benefits.


SBM is proud to be the independent voice for Sustainable Building in Manitoba - which is only possible with your participation.

Help build a strong and engaged sustainable building community. 
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