Governments Invest In Green Construction

The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing in green infrastructure to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and encourage innovations that help communities be more energy efficient, cleaner, and more resilient. The governments will invest almost $3 million combined for two projects through the ‘Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada’ plan. The first project will be the construction of a passive house certified building in Castlegar, BC, to serve as a hub of tourism and economic development. Passive house is a leading standard for low-energy efficient buildings. To meet the standard, constructions use the ‘passive’ influences in a building – like sunshine, shading, and ventilation – instead of heating and cooling systems, coupled with very high levels of insulation and airtightness. The second project is the construction of a biomass energy centre in the district of Sicamous. The centre will consist of a biomass heating boiler system and a boiler house. This innovative technology uses wood waste, which is repurposed as fuel for the biomass system. The centre will provide thermal heat to several buildings in the district of Sicamous.