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Event poster: Text Every Thursday in October Sustainable Building Virtual Tours noon on Zoom Thnaks to event sponsor duxton windows and doors.  Picture of all 4 tour locations also on poster.

Once again, this year's sustainable building tours will be virtual. This gives us the opportunity to tour buildings outside Winnipeg, Manitoba and even Canada every Thursday in October.

Book tickets to all four tours and get them for the price of two!

As always, members get an additional 50% off, so if they book all four tours, they get them for the price of one! 


Northlands – Biofuel for District Heating in Northern Communities with Bruce Duggan - Boke Consulting

  • Building Name: Biomass / District Heating Plant & Harvesting Operation
  • Building Location: Northlands Dënesųłiné First Nation
  • Year Built: 2019
  • Key Sustainable Feature: Biofuel district heating system using local wood
  • Building Use: Heating plant


OCTOBER 14th - 12 NOON

Clearwater Manitoba - Reclaiming Materials and Community with Robert Guilford - Harvest Moon Society

  • Building Name: Clearwater Cabins
  • Building Location: Clearwater, Manitoba
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Key Sustainable Feature: Recycled Materials, Community participation
  • Building Use: Visitor accommodations


OCTOBER 21st - 12 NOON

Ottawa Community Housing - Deep Retrofit Process with Dan DicaireOCH and Mark Carver - NRCan

  • Building Name: Presland Net-Zero PEER
  • Building Location: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Year Built: 1960
  • Key Sustainable Feature: Net Zero Energy and Net-Zero GHG
  • Building Use: Residential


OCTOBER 28th - 12 NOON

MSR Design Studio Tour - Living Building Challenge & Building Materials with Traci Lesneski, Rhys MacPherson & Simona Fischer - MSR Design

  • 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


Memberships are $50 and free for students.

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

Book tickets to all four tours and get them for the price of two or for the price of one if you're a member!


Get your tickets for all 4


Actions to reduce GHG emissions from the built environment generally focus on operational emissions, ignoring emissions that result from the manufacturing of building materials.

Natural Resources Canada and Builders for Climate Action have released a report to address this gap, Achieving Real Net-Zero Emission Homes: Embodied carbon scenario analysis of the upper tiers of performance in the 2020 Canadian National Building Code.

The report examines the scale and scope of emissions that result from the manufacturing of building materials for the Canadian homebuilding sector, concluding that annual emissions could be between 8-20 million tonnes for new homes. 

It also examines the impact of improving energy efficiency on material emissions and recommends a combined metric -- Carbon Use Intensity (CUI) -- to capture a more complete picture of the climate impact of Canadian homes.
Read the Report


Manitoba Hydro released its annual report today showing a total consolidated net income of $119 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, an increase of $20 million compared to the previous year.

“The corporation’s net income is extremely variable, subject to factors such as water flow conditions, weather, interest rates and export prices that — apart from our firm power sales — can be unpredictable and are not in our control,” Manitoba Hydro President & CEO Jay Grewal said. “Achieving this level of net income and making a modest contribution to improve Manitoba Hydro’s financial position is key to protecting our customers from steeper, unpredictable rate increases in the future, and will help keep Manitoba electricity rates among the lowest in North America in the long-term.”

The consolidated net income for the 2020-21 fiscal year was comprised of net income of $116 million in the electric segment, a net loss of $3 million in the natural gas segment, and net income of $6 million from other subsidiaries.

The annual report also highlights the achievement of a significant milestone on the Keeyask Project, with the generating station’s first unit brought online February 16, 2021 and connected to the Manitoba Hydro power grid. The remaining six units are expected to be in-service during the 2021-22 fiscal year, with the last unit completed by March 2022.

When complete, Keeyask will add 4,400 gigawatt-hours of clean, dependable hydroelectric generating energy to Manitoba Hydro’s system, which will be used to power future economic growth in the province and provide additional export sales opportunities to help keep rates lower than they would otherwise be for Manitobans.

Grewal added there is no danger to the Corporation not meeting its domestic energy requirements or firm export obligations due to the drought.

Read full Press Release
Download the Annual Report


The case for Green Schools graphic with pictures of the speakers
Wednesday's Lunch and Learn on The Case for Green Schools was a massive success!  Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out.

More to come from SBM on Green Schools.  We will let you know as things emerge, such as the YouTube video.
For now, here are the Twitter threads – 1 for each presenter and 1 for the Q&A

Lindsay Oster -
Lorelei Bunkowsky -
Matthew Froese -
Donna Vakalis  -
Q&A -


The whitest paint in the world has been created in a lab at Purdue University, a paint so white that it could eventually reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning, scientists say.

“When we started this project about seven years ago, we had saving energy and fighting climate change in mind,” said Xiulin Ruan, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue, in a statement.

Making this paint really reflective, however, also made it really white, according to Purdue University. The paint reflects 98.1% of solar radiation while also emitting infrared heat. Because the paint absorbs less heat from the sun than it emits, a surface coated with this paint is cooled below the surrounding temperature without consuming power.

The paint has now made it into the Guinness World Records book as the whitest ever made.
Read the full story


Green Architects' Lounge - Embodied Carbon Emissions in Buildings

Phil and Chris, hosts of the Green Architects’ Lounge Podcast, define and discuss embodied carbon in buildings, and make an impassioned case for understanding why this is absolutely the most urgent issue we face in the design and construction industry today—even ahead of zero-energy building—as we work together to combat a fast-approaching climate crisis.

Listen here


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