EDMONTON — Joint funding of $6.3 million is going to Alberta’s construction sector to test energy-efficient innovations and technology.
Alberta Innovates and Western Economic Diversification Canada are providing funding to the Smart Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Association (SSRIA). The funding will be used to create a network of test buildings for small and medium-sized construction firms to develop new innovations in energy-efficient construction through testing, commercialization and adoption of new products and technologies.
“This initiative will develop building and construction technologies that will transform the way people in all sectors will interact with the structures in which they live and work. This is a great example of how innovation around energy efficiency can drive new markets for construction activity and growth,” Alberta Innovates CEO Laura Kilcrease said in a statement.
“Developing and commercializing new technologies in the construction sector will build the Alberta of the future, using the same entrepreneurship and innovation that has made Alberta the engine of Canada’s economy,” added Alberta Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer.
The total investment is comprised of $2.8 million from Alberta Innovates, $3 million from Western Diversification Canada and $165,000 from the SSRIA.
“Our shift towards green technologies is both the right thing to do for our environment and the smart thing to do for our economy. This investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada will support good, well-paying jobs in communities across Alberta while helping the province’s construction industry stay on the cutting edge,” said Melanie Joly, the federal minister of economic development and the minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.
“It will help many small and medium-sized businesses across the province innovate and grow while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and I’m excited to see the difference it will make.”