Sustainable Infrastructure

Sustainable infrastructure is a key research area for Applied Research at Red River College. Since 2004, RRC researchers and students have worked with major local, national and international partners on projects that are helping shape the future of sustainable design in Manitoba and beyond.

Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group

Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group logo

With a $2.3 million grant from the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Applied Research formed the Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group in 2009. SITRG’s purpose is to conduct applied research projects that focus on improving the energy performance of large buildings. In addition to on-site testing, like 363 Broadway, this work is primarily carried out in the Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure (CARSI), a 10,000 sq. ft. research facility that opened at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus in 2007. With the advanced tools that CARSI offers and the expertise of RRC staff, faculty and students, SITRG is performing innovative research in four major areas:

    • Building envelope
    • Building performance monitoring
    • Mechanical and renewable energy systems
    • Reducing embodied energy of building materials

The video below provides a comprehensive guide to SITRG:

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada logo

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is a federal government agency that supports and promotes research at postsecondary institutions. NSERC supports this mandate through grants and by encouraging Canadian businesses to invest in schools’ research initiatives. Funding from NSERC’s College and Community Innovation Program provides RRC with the resources necessary to foster innovation through applied research and grow the next generation of Canadian researchers.

NSERC SITRG Student Innovation Awards

RRC students can earn grants of up to $5,000 to conduct research on improving the energy performance in buildings through the NSERC SITRG Student Innovation Awards. The annual budget for the NSERC SITRG Student Innovation Awards is $200,000, not including any necessary funding for instructor release time. Since this is an open competition, there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time. The application form has detailed project and funding guidelines as well as contact information for additional support.

Sustainable Infrastructure & Transportation Cluster Map 

As part of its efforts to grow the sustainable infrastructure cluster in Manitoba, Applied Research, with support from NSERC and the National Research Council Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), developed the Manitoba Sustainable Infrastructure and Transportation Cluster Map, an online, interactive application that tracks organizations committed to sustainability across the province. Prospective organizations can sign up to take advantage of the map’s benefits, including enhanced visibility and the ability to seek out potential like-minded partners.

Building Smarts – i2eye with Red River College & Manitoba Hydro

Ray Hoemsen, Director of AR&C at Red River College and Tom Akerstream from Manitoba Hydro discuss their private-public sector collaboration to construct the most energy efficient and sustainable office building in North America.


For more information on SITRG and Applied Research’s sustainable infrastructure initiatives, please contact:

Rob Spewak
Research Manager
Applied Research | SITRG | Red River College
(204) 632-2357


SITRG Fact Sheet for Industry
SITRG Fact Sheet for Faculty and Students
Sustainable Infrastructure & Transportation Cluster Map Fact Sheet