Post-retrofit airtightness testing has been completed on the 363 Broadway building in Winnipeg as part of the Red River College (RRC) Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group’s (SITRG’s) goal to conduct applied research to enhance the energy performance of commercial buildings.
The 15-storey, 191,000 square foot office building has recently undergone a $4-million facelift with the goals of increasing its energy efficiency and updating its appearance. The SITRG team, consisting RRC research staff and students and green building scientists and experts, is seeking to determine what impact the retrofit has had on the building’s airtightness.
Excessive air leakage in buildings can cause major problems, ranging from high-energy bills and poor comfort, to crumbling facades.
The issue of air leakage in commercial buildings has been gaining notoriety in recent years, but there has been very little large building airtightness testing completed anywhere. While some research has been done at the international level, its relevance to Winnipeg is limited as it is has generally been conducted in regions that are very different from Manitoba’s unique climate zone.
With funding from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council Canada’s College and Community Innovation grant, SITRG is hoping to test more Manitoba buildings to gain a more thorough understanding of the impacts of air leakage. This research is expected to provide valuable input on how to improve the design, construction, and operation of commercial buildings.
Red River College – and Manitoba’s food industry – are getting a big boost.
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) announced Friday that the federal government is investing $2 million to expand research capabilities at the new Paterson GlobalFoods Institute at Red River College’s (RRC’s) Exchange District Campus. RRC representatives joined the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification to make the announcement inside the nearly complete building, which will soon be home to RRC’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs.
By giving RRC access to advanced equipment for testing new food products and processes, this funding will develop the opportunities for students and faculty, while growing the Manitoba food industry. Adding another branch to its Applied Research activities, RRC will work with local organizations in the food sector, offering College facilities and expertise to help spark innovation and create business opportunities.
When complete, the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute is anticipated to be one of Canada’s premier culinary institutes and a new standard for heritage-building restoration.
For more information on the funding, check out the WD news release.
No tailpipe and zero emissions, the scrawl display on the front said it all. Manitoba’s greenest bus has arrived.
Delegates from Red River College (RRC), the Province of Manitoba, New Flyer Industries, Manitoba Hydro and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries gathered at the legislature last Friday to unveil the All-Electric Bus, a $3 million, three-year project that is the first of its kind in Canada.
New Flyer has worked with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to develop the prototype bus, a process that included retrofitting it with Mitsubishi’s lithium batteries. RRC’s contribution to the project is the development of a charging station for the bus, assembling batteries, and analyzing performance data.
Friday’s event served as the starting point for phase two, which will include on-road testing. The 40-foot bus pulled up in grand, but quiet style to the legislature, serving as a backdrop for the presentation, which included speeches from Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and RRC President Stephanie Forsyth. The speeches were followed by a tour of the bus and a ride to the Forks, Winnipeg’s historic intersection of transportation.
The All-Electric bus project is the catalyst for the creation of RRC’s Electric Vehicle Technology & Education Centre (EVTEC), a new learning and demonstration centre that the Province of Manitoba is supporting with a $100,000 contribution.
For more on Friday’s event, check out some of the coverage from Winnipeg media:
Selinger calls electric transit bus the future of public transport – Winnipeg Free Press
Who launched the electric bus? – Winnipeg Sun
Manitoba’s first electric bus unveiled – Metro Winnipeg