Sustainable Infrastructure

Straw Bale Building - Workshop #2: Straw Bale Construction & Plastering

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Calling Lakes Centre
Email address of primary contact person: 
office@callinglakes.ca
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Calling Lake Centre is a fully accredited educational centre of The United Church of Canada which nurtures growth in individuals, congregations and communities through programs, retreats and hospitality. At the Calling Lakes Centre in Fort Qu'Appelle, a workshop on straw bale building took place in fall of 2008. Shawn Hayter of Green Planet Homes Inc. discussed the history and philosophy of straw bale building and its place amidst modern construction techniques. He presented the theories which explain that straw bale is a safe, strong, and environmentally friendly choice for building, and why it's experiencing the current strong resurgence. Participants learned practical construction techniques, got plenty of hands-on experience in completing a small addition on site, and learned how to manage the details of this type of construction.
The plaster coat covering the straw bale construction is a critical element in the building process. It gives the structure its rigidity, and is an integral factor in what makes a straw bale house "healthy". Shawn will discussed the operational theory of straw bale and different plastering techniques during the second half of the weeklong workshop. He explained how to plan your plastering job and plastering techniques. Participants learned plaster mixes for Lime, Stucco, and Earthen Plasters and the advantages of each. The participants of the workshop built an addition to the Calling Lakes garage.

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Tuesday September 30 to Saturday October 4, 2008

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
straw bale building, housing, Calling Lakes Centre, Fort Qu'Appelle, construction, environmentally friendly building
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Training and Awareness

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Saskatchewan Native Theater Company

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Alanis King, Artistic Director
Email address of primary contact person: 
Not Applicable
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The Saskatoon Native Theater Company (SNTC) is an award winning arts and cultural organization building upon Aboriginal culture and artistic expression. Theater is used as a tool for community and cultural development and sustainability. SNTC works with youth to provide educational and artistic experiences, and collaborates with other Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations and people to provide a unique and original theater experience. Participants in SNTC are not only given skills and career readiness training, but participants are also provided with the opportunity to build character and pride. Strength and support is drawn from Elders and the community building strong cultural and community relationships. Aboriginal talent is recognized, validated, and encouraged in an environment in which world class professional training and performance occurs. Community sustainability and development are a key focus of the work that SNTC does both in the training of youth to perform in theater, and also in the building of a strong sense of Aboriginal culture within the arts and education world.

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Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Aboriginal, Theater, Art, Community
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Formal - arts training, Informal - awareness

What level of education does this project address?: 
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

he Saskatoon Native Theater Company (SNTC) is an award winning arts and cultural organization building upon Aboriginal culture and artistic expression. Aboriginal talent is recognized, validated, and encouraged in an environment in which world class professional training and performance occurs. 

Net Metering Program - Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC)

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Grant McVicar Director, Energy Conservation, Saskatchewan Research Council
Email address of primary contact person: 
mcvicar@src.sk.ca
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The Saskatchewan Research Council's Net Metering Program will pay a one-time fee equivalent to 25 per cent of eligible costs up to a maximum of $100,000 (i.e., maximum $25,000 payment). Projects with generating capacities of 100kW or less that comply with the local utility's net metering policies and enter into net metering contracts with their local electric utilities are eligible for funding under this program. Participants in the program agree to give the SRC access to their utility records for 18 months prior and 10 years after installation of the generating equipment.

The types of generating equipment currently included in this program are:

    * Wind

    * Low-impact hydro

    * Biomass

    * Heat reclaim

    * Flare gas

    * Photovoltaic (solar)

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Saskatchewan Research Council, SRC, net metering, energy, wind, low-impact hydro, biomass, heat reclaim, flare gas, solar, generating equipment
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 
What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Solar Water Heating Initiative for Today (SHIFT)

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Grant McVicar Director, Energy Conservation, Saskatchewan Research Council
Email address of primary contact person: 
mcvicar@src.sk.ca
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Solar Water Heating Initiative for Today (SHIFT) is funded by Saskatchewan Environment and is available for large consumers of hot water to install solar water heaters and save money on energy.

The target market will be large consumers of hot water in Saskatchewan such as:

    * Businesses and industries residing and doing business in Saskatchewan

    * Multi-unit residential buildings more than three stories

    * Provincial facilities

    * Public institutions (e.g. schools, hospitals)

    * Municipalities

SRC will pay a one-time fee for the purchase of pre- and post-energy consumption utility records from the above organizations as related to solar water heater installations in their facilities. This reimbursement fee will match the federal ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat initiative and be the lesser amount of 25 per cent of eligible solar water heating project costs (40 per cent in remote communities) or $80,000.

Applications for this initiative will be made jointly with the federal ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat initiative, administered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). This program limits the overall government funding that may be used for any solar water heating installation project; these limits will be applied to SRC's program as well. The percentage and maximum amounts are identical for both SHIFT and ecoENERGY. Pre-approval from NRCan is required before equipment and labour costs are incurred (Visit website for more detailed information).

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Saskatchewan Research Council, SRC, SHIFT, solar water heating, hot water, energy, Saskatchewan Environment, renewable energy
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 
What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Municipal Energy Conservation Program

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Grant McVicar Director, Energy Conservation, Saskatchewan Research Council
Email address of primary contact person: 
mcvicar@src.sk.ca
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The Saskatchewan Research Council's (SRC) Municipal Energy Conservation Program provides municipalities with financial assistance to become more energy efficient, reduce energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An area coordinator will schedule a visit with your municipality to do a complete inventory of all municipal buildings.  A room-by-room inventory is taken, analyzing all lighting and heating equipment, pumps and motors. Once this information is collected a detailed report will be written, which outlines the current equipment installed, recommended equipment upgrades and the associated energy and cost savings.  Once the report is completed, an application for funding for through SRC may be submitted. The maximum amount of reimbursement funding that is available in any one fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) is $100,000 per municipality. The inventory and report are a FREE SERVICE available to all municipalities.

Another useful tool is the Saskatchewan Energy Conservation Database, where Saskatchewan Municipalities can view facility profiles for each municipal building with a room-by-room log of current lighting equipment, and a corresponding energy efficient upgrade.

The database may also be used to examine power and energy consumption of individual buildings. This can be a useful tool to help monitor and analyze cost savings when making energy conservation choices for your municipality.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Saskatchewan Research Council, SRC, municipalities, municipal buildings, energy conservation, energy efficiency, lighting, heating, upgrades
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Material available for viewing at http://municipalities.src.sk.ca/

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
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