EDMONTON — Green construction is getting a boost in Alberta thanks to new funding announced by Alberta Innovates.
The group recently revealed a new funding opportunity to advance emerging technologies that utilize Alberta’s forest and agricultural biomass, and encourage their use in green construction to support economic development of the bio-industrial sector.
“Diversifying our economy with innovation like the Building with BioFibre program will create opportunity for a sustainable building industry. That’s not only good for the planet, it’s good for the people of Alberta,” said Doug Schweitzer, minister of jobs, economy and innovation, in a statement.
Alberta Innovates is looking for applications to the Building with BioFibre program which has a total of $2 million in funding available, with up to $250,000 per project.
A press release announcing the funding stated Alberta’s bio-industrial sector “thrives at the intersection of agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, and construction.”
The new funding program is asking applicants to come up with novel ways to use hardwood, agriculture residual fibre and crop resources to advance sustainable and technological innovation, build capacity and enhance value-added capabilities in these industries.
The fund is also looking to develop green construction products using biocomposite materials and advance prefabrication through automation and digital technologies to increase productivity, improve efficiency, reduce environmental impact and achieve a low-carbon future throughout the building life cycle.
The program is open to technology developers, industry, industrial associations, small- and medium-sized enterprises, research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, government research labs and individuals.