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Alberta housing project targets net-zero energy

DCN-JOC News Services
Alberta housing project targets net-zero energy
CMHC - A rendering shows the design of the Muriel Ross Abdurahman Court project being planned for Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. The housing project is aiming to achieve net-zero energy status.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALTA. – The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are joining forces to invest in affordable, high-performance housing.

They will provide $2.9 million to support a net-zero energy affordable housing project in Fort Saskatchewan.

The funding, which comes from FCM’s Sustainable Affordable Housing initiative and the municipal corporation Heartland Housing Foundation, will build 83 affordable housing units in Fort Saskatchewan’s Sherridon neighbourhood. The project will be the first net-zero energy building in its portfolio.

The project design features modular shipping container construction on the building’s ground floor with standard wood construction on the upper floors. Net-zero will be achieved using solar PV arrays on the roof and parkade, a high-performance building envelope, high-performance windows, efficient lighting, a heat pump and heat recovery systems.

The building design is expected to reduce electrical costs and incorporate cost-saving measures to maximize affordability, such as basic finishes and no common amenity rooms.

The project’s other funders include Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Government of Alberta and the City of Fort Saskatchewan, for a total project cost of over $17.3 million.

“Municipalities are on the front lines of climate change and climate action, and communities of all sizes are showing climate leadership at a time when we need it most,” said Joanne Vanderheyden, president of FCM, in a statement. “The investments we are seeing today through the Green Municipal Fund empower municipalities to get results on the ground. We deliver results with our partners – helping cities and communities tackle affordable housing challenges, create jobs and build a greener, more sustainable country. Together, we are on the path to net-zero.”

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