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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Net-Zero Community Association Buildings + CCG

Let's make a net-zero (or near-net-zero) demonstration building for every neighborhood in our city. We can use our community centres to show Calgarians how buildings use energy and how energy efficiency retrofits work.

Calgary's 151 community association buildings are built on leased City land with open field space surrounding them. These are perfect buildings to lead the way in showing Calgarians how we can retrofit... more »

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Low Carbon & Climate Resilient Building Standard

In Calgary, roughly two-thirds of measured city-wide greenhouse gas emissions come from energy use in buildings and infrastructure, and as the impacts of climate change increase in Calgary, our buildings will need to be able to withstand greater shocks and stresses. It is not possible to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 without taking bold and transformational action to address the emissions from buildings. The most... more »

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Energy Benchmarking for an Action Plan Edited

Existing buildings in Calgary account for one third of city's GHG emissions. That's great information to start, and access to more refined data could enable the City to create effective policies and incentives to address GHG emissions in the buildings sector. Emissions can largely vary within the buildings sector according to their attributes such as year built, type of occupancy, construction type, systems, etc. With... more »

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Green Communities with high mobility

The idea I would like to submit for the city's consideration is that of modelling a community in a way that reduces Calgary's carbon footprint by over 95% (or better) in a very short amount of time -- quite possibly a matter of months.

Since my proposal is still being fleshed out and I got to know about the mayor challenge a little later, I would like to only submit the idea.

What reduces the carbon footprint by utilizing... more »

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Paradigm shift - using Calgary's Assets for Renewable Energy

This proposal is to rapidly expand Calgary's renewable energy generation. The current system of approvals and integration into the existing grid is not conducive to the amount of activity required to meet Calgary's goals for renewable energy.

The current policies and systems in place can be modified to make use of the assets the City has: ideal locations, human resources, infrastructure, capital and ingenuity. A policy... more »

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Commuter bike lanes to parallel transit/BRT corridors

A healthy and green city. A city that moves. A city of safe and inspiring neighborhoods. Reduced carbon emissions. Healthier people. Reduced traffic congestion. Reduced traffic accidents. These are the objectives of the City of Calgary and its constituents.

These objectives can all be achieved by amending the standard design guidelines and creating a policy to mandate separated, protected commuter bike lanes as part... more »

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Policy for Minimizing Energy Usage/ Light Pollution

Creating a policy that would apply to all City buildings, and eventually extend to all new approved development and redevelopment permits, to require lights to be off in building spaces during unoccupied hours (i.e. from 11 pm till 5 am).  The policy could provide flexibility for on demand pushbutton lighting, movement sensors or other timed technologies (smart buildings) so that lighting would be dependent on human presence. ... more »

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Rhea the Recycling home energy appliance and priority control

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Rhea is our Recycling Home Energy Appliance. Rhea is also the Greek Goddess of everything that flows. A very appropriate name when you consider that everything that can flow, flows through Rhea. Due to its invention, we were able to develop an entirely new and novel building system we call Rhea Building Logic or ReBeL for short. It's very fitting that Rhea, the mother of the Gods, is perhaps the original Rebel,... more »

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GEM, C-ZER, RAZOR, & TEMPERING

GEM: GAS EXHAUST MITIGATION

Houses that use natural gas produce CO₂ and lots of it. The weeping pipe is installed on all new homes at a cost of around $50 a linear meter. The bulk of the cost comes from requiring the rock-slinger truck that provides the gravel. The pipe we all use is cheap, usually made from 100% recycled plastic, and often comes with a nylon sock that further prevents dirt from entering the pipe. This... more »

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Renfrew Solar Garden Green Bonds

The Renfrew Solar Garden @SPARK successfully demonstrated that Calgary communities want to invest in community power infrastructure.

The project has experienced a rollercoaster ride of attention since the award of the feasibility grant in 2019 and was well-positioned to get the green light using stimulus funds allocated in the fall of 2020. This was thanks to its shovel-ready status and innovative approach to seed projects... more »

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Project Leo Scalable Passive Housing

Homes and buildings account for 13% of Canada's overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Cumulative impacts are the total impacts  when all of an areas or industries impacts are added together. Focusing on Calgary's housing market offers a great opportunity to implement large scale change because of it's potential to attack cumulative impacts if these changes are made affordable to the average populace.

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