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Built Green Canada supports Fort McMurray rebuild

Built Green Canada is offering rebates for builders who want to incorporate green features into their builds in the fire-stricken city


August 26, 2016
By Steve Payne

Press release from Built Green Canada.

In light of the unimaginable destruction of the Ft. McMurray wildfires and subsequent flooding that has left thousands of Albertans displaced, Built Green Canada is working to support the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s (RMWB) rebuilding efforts.

While the rebuild has been of paramount concern since the earliest days of recovery, a thoughtful, deliberate approach is required to progress this construction. With the barrage of challenges and opportunities facing RMWB, Built Green Canada has been monitoring the situation to find an appropriate time to extend their support. On the heels of the municipality issuing its first rebuilding permit, Built Green Canada is offering financial support to those who want to integrate green features into their builds: all residential builders on the RMWB Registry will receive a 50 per cent discount on their membership fees with Built Green Canada, as well as a full financial waiver for home certification fees for projects going through the BUILT GREEN® Single Family program as part of the rebuild. This will remain in effect through 2017 to help relieve the financial burden on both builders and homeowners.

“Alberta’s residential building industry has historically shown—and continues to show—tremendous environmental leadership,” says Built Green Canada executive director Jenifer Christenson. “With a spotlight on Ft. McMurray’s rebuilding efforts, there is an opportunity to showcase the good work happening in sustainable development, while the Municipality, trades, and organizations like Built Green Canada come together to rebuild and strengthen this community.”

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This coordinated effort benefits not only the environment but also homeowners  who will enjoy a healthier, more durable, and more affordable home through a reduction in the operating and maintenance costs of homeownership and through rebate eligibility.

Built Green Canada is a national, industry-driven, non-profit organization offering third-party certification programs for those interested in sustainable practices in the residential building sector. The programs are focused on energy efficiency but extend to materials and methods; indoor air quality; ventilation; waste management; water conservation; and business practices. Headquartered in Edmonton, Built Green Canada provides solutions that are sensitive to the country’s many diverse contexts, including those that are unique to Alberta.

Since our inception, builders have worked with us to complete over 26,900 BUILT GREEN® certified homes in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario; including units in multi-storey projects, this total is over 27,350.


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2 Comments » for Built Green Canada supports Fort McMurray rebuild
  1. Ryan Sutherland says:

    What are some of the things being done that are providing the points toward the “green build”

  2. PACIFIC ICF has contributed AMVIC ICF forms and brochures to a trade show in Fort McMurray on August 20th, 2016 prior to buildings being rebuilt so as to inform builders and owners of the suitability and practicality of Insulated Concrete Forms.

    The cost savings are many. Less time to construct a foundation by 60 % over traditional forming. No interior framing inside a basement required. R22 or R 30 forms. Overall costs are several dollars per sq ft less expensive. Biggest bonus is the 50% energy savings of ICF compared to wood framing and R22 batt insulated walls and the wind doesn’t blow through it !! Air and vapour barrier, structure, studding, sound barrier all in one step , ICF

    In fact, with the newest building code and insulation on the exterior of envelope right down to the floor in the basement, Insulated Concrete Forms present the fastest construction and the wind does not blow through the wall. The heat stays inside and cold stays outside, thus reducing the heating costs. No need to use lumber, take the ICF right to the roof for the best performance.

    AMPEX also makes insulation of R10-R16 for under slabs and a super fast method for installing radiant in floor heating tubes in the concrete slab.

    If you do waste your time and build a wood framed house, there is an exterior wall insulation of many values to add outside the wood frame to make your building meet the newest R value ratings in the building code. No thermal bridging with Silverboard insulation.

    Builders and owners win and save time and $$$

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