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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MOVEABLE CITIES

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

IDTechEx

Cambridge, UK

Ancient Pharaohs, Aztecs and others abandoned cities. Expensive business. Global warming promises inundation of many cities. Some cities will be abandoned as new cities appear in dryer places such as Bill Gates’ Belmont Arizona.

Refocussing of smart cities from big brother sensing and people control to energy, food and water independence and magnificent free public transport facilitates cities becoming moveable. The IDTechEx Research report, “Smart City Opportunities: Infrastructure, Systems, Materials 2019-2029” explains.

Clearly the city needs reinventing. The smart city concept envisages radical improvements in technology that can hugely improve most aspects and even add new delights. A term like smart city gets highjacked by those selling incremental improvements going on anyway. However major changes are key such as several new and planned cities banning private cars and/ or being energy independent using moveable zero emission electricity generation.  No more massive, ugly steel and concrete structures with expensive, slow decommissioning such as offshore wind towers, huge river dams and tidal barrages. In come tethered drones -Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) – tapping higher winds that are stronger and almost continuous, a MW “propeller” under a moored ship or on the sea floor called “tidal stream power” or wave power working even in continuous one meter waves and of course solar plummeting in price below all others but very intermittent. They are all easily transportable and installed in hours. Move the city if you wish.

In addition, the first three are almost continuous, often needing no toxic, short-lived battery, so they are often base power when only a non-toxic, fit-and-forget supercapacitor is inserted. See the IDTechEx report, “Wave, Tidal and Hydro Power 1W-10MW 2018-2038” for more. Houses are already on sale with no infrastructure needed because they grab their own water, treat sewage and make their own electricity. Later versions will add the new generators – solar windows, solar/ supercapacitor bodywork and so on. Partly this is triggered by new vulnerability, with national grids taken down by both cyberattacks and poles and wires collapsing from the increasingly violent weather from global warming. Defend against cyberattack and the increasingly violent weather we have unleashed and if necessary, move the sophisticated city. Not so much “roll the covered wagons” as “ship the luxury house”.

For more IDTechEx Research on smart cities, off grid energy and more please contact research@IDTechEx.com.

Media Contact:

Charlotte Martin

Marketing & Research Co-ordinator

c.martin@IDTechEx.com

+44(0)1223 812300

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Richmond, B.C. (December 5, 2018) – Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) received the ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification(TM) (RHFAC) program. YVR is the first airport to receive the rating and is the highest rated building in the program.

 

“This year, YVR will welcome a record 25 million passengers and for us it’s very important that every one of these passengers has a seamless and comfortable airport experience,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Accessibility is one of our top priorities and is a key part of our success as a world-class hub. Gold Certification from the Rick Hansen Foundation is a testament to our ongoing efforts to better serve our passengers, partners and communities—and is a milestone we are very proud of.”

 

Rick Hansen, Founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation said: “I’m proud to congratulate YVR on being the first airport to achieve ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification(TM) (RHFAC) program. I’ve watched YVR systematically make progress on accessibility over many decades. People with visible and invisible disabilities experience accessibility challenges every day and with record numbers of passengers traveling through Canada’s airports, it’s critical that these spaces meet everyone’s needs. I hope YVR and Craig’s leadership inspires other transport hubs around the world to take steps in becoming more accessible and inclusive for travelers of all ages and abilities.”

 

The RHFAC is the first program to measure the level of meaningful access beyond building code, and is based upon the holistic user experience of people with varying disabilities affecting their mobility, vision and hearing. To date, over 1,100 buildings across BC are registered to be rated.

 

In achieving this certification rating, YVR has removed barriers and improved accessibility for employees, passengers and partners—achieving the highest score of any rated building to-date with 93 out of 100 points. YVR has a broad range of accessibility features that led to this score including:
 
●      Universal food and service counters for people using wheeled mobility devices
●      Low-resistance carpeting for easier movement and greater stability
●      Textured terminal flooring to assist with wayfinding
●      Curbside ramps and assistance
●      Accessible parking in all lots with accessible bus service to long-term parking
●      Universal seating throughout the terminal
●      Universally accessible washrooms
●      Pet relief areas for individuals travelling with assistance animals
●      Adaptive speakers throughout the terminal building
●      Clearly marked signage and wayfinding
●      Customer care staff trained in accessibility

For more on the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program, please visit www.rickhansen.com/RHFAC

 

About the Rick Hansen Foundation
The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) was established in 1988, following the completion of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour. For nearly 30 years, RHF has worked to raise awareness, change attitudes, and remove barriers for people with disabilities. Visit www.rickhansen.com to learn more.
 
About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada’s second busiest airport, YVR served 24.2 million passengers in 2017. Fifty-six airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to more than 127 non-stop destinations worldwide. In 2016, YVR received CAPA Centre for Aviation’s prestigious Airport of the Year Award and was voted Best Airport in North America for the ninth consecutive year in the Skytrax World Airport Awards in 2018. Vancouver Airport Authority is a dedicated community partner and in 2017 donated more than $1,000,000 to local organizations. We are committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.

 

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AKRON, Ohio (10/26/18) – Architects and engineering specifiers will have an opportunity to learn more about high-performance exterior restoration coatings from APV Engineered Coatings and Arkema Inc. in November, when the companies participate in two hallmark industry events: the Arc|US America’s Leading Architects Forum, and the University of Kynar® program hosted by Arkema.
“Exterior restoration is more than just painting,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing & Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings. “It’s important for professional specifiers of coating products for exterior restoration projects to understand the chemistry of the formulations they specify and how it impacts the product’s ability to perform over time.”
APV’s high-performance NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatingsare water-based, low-VOC, coating systems that provide the durability of a factory finish in a field-applied product. They contain Kynar Aquatec® PVDF resin, a tough, engineered thermoplastic from Arkema that maintains high stability when exposed to harsh thermal, chemical and ultraviolet environments.
NeverFade® Coatings contain complex inorganic pigments and UV blocking additives to inhibit fading and extend lifecycles of building facades. The unique chemistry also resists staining, dirt pickup, mold growth, and can prevent corrosion.  NeverFade® can be custom color matched in bold colors, even metallics. APV is so confident in the UV resistance of NeverFade® that it offers an unprecedented 15-year warranty on color performance, which is fully transferable and covers all product and labor costs.
Arc|US America’s Leading Architects Forum
At the Arc|US event, November 1-4 in Carlsbad, California, APV Engineered Coatings and Arkema will meet one-on-one with some of the country’s top principal architects. Meetings will focus on how NeverFade® with Kynar Aquatec® Coatings can extend the lifecycle of building exteriors and the support APV offers during the entire exterior restoration process – from coating material specification through application.
“Coating specification is a critical part of planning for a restoration project, and it can be time-consuming,” Brown-Neff said. “To help make the process more time- and cost-efficient, APV recently partnered with ARCAT® and its free SpecWizard® program.”
The program makes information about NeverFade® Coating Systems accessible and downloadable through an easy-to-use portal. With a few simple clicks, specifiers can select the appropriate primer and topcoat products, indicate how color will be determined, as well as define sheens needed for their project.  SpecWizard® will then generate an accurate, job-specific, CSI 3-Part or Canadian CSC formatted construction product specification in MS-Word or other word processing format. The portal also provides additional product information and lets specifiers send requests to APV through a secure message function.
University of Kynar®
On November 13, APV Engineered Coatings will be co-sponsoring and presenting at the University of Kynar® program, hosted by Arkema Inc. and held at Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC in Miami. Attendees at the invitation-only event will have an opportunity learn about Kynar® PVDF resin chemistry, as well as the key differences between NeverFade® and other high-performance architectural coatings. They will also visit Atlas’ natural weathering testing site to see a variety of Kynar 500® and Kynar Aquatec® weathering studies that have spanned over 50 years of exposure in the extreme humidity, temperature, and UV conditions of southern Florida.
“We look forward to this annual event,” said Ron Partridge, Sr. Account Manager Fluoropolymer Coatings NA, Arkema Inc. “It gives us an opportunity to demonstrate the true service life of Kynar Aquatec® and NeverFade® Coatings as well as educate architects, engineers, specifiers and contractors about how loading levels of key polymers impact a coating’s ability to perform in subtropical outdoor environments.”
Lunch & Learns
According to Brown-Neff, APV Engineered Coatings also will be partnering with Arkema on future lunch-and-learn sessions designed to provide AIA (American Institute of Architects) credits for education on PVDF technology. After the formal educational sessions delivered by Arkema experts, APV will provide additional insights on the real-world applications of PVDF-based NeverFade® Coatings.
“Since the first application on the Gulf Coast of Florida in 2009, NeverFade® Coatings have been used to coat hundreds of thousands of square feet of building exteriors around the world,” Brown-Neff said. “The product’s advantages have been most significant on commercial and industrial high rises where renovation costs can be high. Its ability to lengthen the lifespan of such building exteriors has afforded tremendous costs savings to building owners.”
To register for an Arkema lunch-and-learn with APV, contact Arkema, Inc.
About APV Engineered Coatings
Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications, such as aerospace, innovative textiles, and high-end building products. A licensee of Arkema Inc. in the use of Kynar® emulsion technology, APV has been developing and commercializing high-performance Kynar® resin-based coatings for field and factory applications for more than a decade. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or www.neverfadecoatings.com. Join the conversation by using #NeverfadeCoatings #KynarAquatec and follow us @APVCoatings.
About Arkema
A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties and Coating Solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.3 billion ($9.4 billion) in 2017, we employ around 20,000 people worldwide and operate in some 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation. www.arkema.com
NeverFade® is a registered trademark of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.
Kynar®, Kynar 500® and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
Company Contact:
Erin Brown-Neff
EBrown@apvcoatings.com / 330-773-8911 x244
Media Contact:
Linda Barlow
 lbarlow416@gmail.com / 267-481-0502
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Toronto parkades are the first two Retail Parksmart certifications in the world

Ottawa, ON – October 15, 2018 – Canada’s first two certifications under the Parksmart sustainable parking certification system were announced today by Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada). As the world’s only rating system designed to advance sustainable mobility through smarter parking structure design and operation, Parksmart helps parking structure owners and managers future proof their assets and ensure they are functioning optimally in order to maximize operational savings.

Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s existing G Parkade southwest parking garage achieved Parksmart certification at the Pioneer level for existing parking structures by achieving over 90 points, and Yorkdale’s newly constructed E Parkade east structure certified Parksmart Bronze by achieving between 110 and 134 points.

The many sustainability measures that helped earn these certifications include:

  • Rainwater collection through four cisterns in Parkade G and one in Parkade E, with capacity of 60,000 litres and 749,000 litres respectively, used for irrigation of the centre’s landscaping and green roofs, and to power wash the garage;
  • Grey water from a 30,000-litre tank in Parkade E that is repurposed for toilets and urinals in the public washrooms of Yorkdale’s East expansion;
  • Energy-saving programmable lighting with occupancy sensors and exterior photocell lighting;
  • Four electric vehicle charging stations for Parkade E and 10 for Parkade G.
  • A complimentary tire inflation station at each parkade that can be used by both drivers and cyclists.

For Oxford Properties Group, the Parksmart certification process for both projects has served to highlight opportunities to maximize and modernize parking assets, ensure strong returns on investment, and provide an enhanced parking experience for mall patrons.

“We saw Parksmart certification as a way to redefine parking at Yorkdale.  It also complements our overall industry-leading corporate sustainability initiatives which aim to reduce carbon footprints by lowering energy use and improving environmental quality,” says Claire Santamaria, Director and General Manager at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. “The parking garages encompass significant square footage and should not be overlooked.  It is our responsibility to operate our garages with the lowest environmental impact possible.”

For GBCI Canada, these certifications also mark a promising addition to the green building landscape in Canada, and a new opportunity for sustainability in a less traditional setting.

“I would like to congratulate Oxford Properties Group and their team at Yorkdale on this significant achievement,” says Thomas Mueller, Chief Executive Officer of GBCI Canada. “With these certifications Oxford is continuing its leadership, and again proving their strong commitment to excellence in greening its real estate portfolio.  Parksmart certification demonstrates that commitment to shoppers and the local community, provides additional value to retail tenants and can reduce operating costs by as much as 25 per cent.”

Parksmart was introduced in Canada in February 2018 as a part of a new suite of tools and programs offered by GBCI Canada, aimed at assisting the industry in leveraging new opportunities to validate enhanced building performance and increase emissions reductions, operational savings and human health benefits.

The system is designed to synergize with existing GBCI certifications like LEED, with projects capable of achieving up to half the necessary requirements for Parksmart certification within the LEED point system. Existing LEED registered and certified projects are also eligible for a 15 per cent discount on Parksmart registration. To learn more about the certification, how it works with LEED, and how you can register, please visit http://gbcicanada.ca/parksmart.shtml

Media Contact
Joel Baglole
CaGBC Media Relations
613-288-8075 (desk)
613-894-7772 (cell)

About GBCI Canada
Jointly owned by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), GBCI Canada accelerates green building market transformation and impact in Canada. GBCI Canada provides customer service and certification services in Canada with its suite of offerings, which include the LEED green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) for land use, Parksmart for parking structures, TRUE Zero Waste, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits, and the GRESB benchmark. For more information: gbcicanada.ca

GBCI Canada annonce les premières certifications Parksmart au Canada pour le centre commercial Yorkdale d’Oxford Properties

Les stationnements étagés de Toronto sont les deux premiers au monde à obtenir la certification Parksmart dans le secteur du commerce de détail.

Ottawa, ON – le 15 octobre 2018 – Le Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada)annonce aujourd’hui les deux premières certifications au Canada dans le cadre du système de certification de stationnement durable Parksmart. En tant que seul système de classification mondiale conçu pour encourager la mobilité durable au niveau de la conception et de l’exploitation d’un parc de stationnement plus intelligent, Parksmart aide les propriétaires et les gestionnaires de structures de stationnement à pérenniser leurs avoirs et à s’assurer de leur fonctionnement optimal afin de maximiser les économies d’exploitation.

L’aire de stationnement étagé G déjà existante du centre commercial Yorkdale, située du côté sud-ouest, a obtenu la certification Pioneer pour structures de stationnement déjà existantes, soit l’équivalent de 90 points, alors que le stationnement étagé E, nouvellement construit du côté est, a obtenu la certification Bronze, se situant entre 110 et 134 points.

Parmi les mesures de durabilité contribuant à l’obtention de ces certifications, notons :

  • La collecte d’eau de pluie au moyen de quatre citernes dans le stationnement étagé G et une dans le stationnement étagé E, procurant respectivement 60 000 litres et 749 000 litres d’eau, utilisés pour l’irrigation de l’aménagement paysager et des toits verts du centre, en plus du lavage à haute pression des parcs de stationnement;
  • Les eaux grises contenues dans le réservoir de 30 000 litres du parc de stationnement E, utilisées pour les toilettes et les urinoirs dans les salles de bains publiques de l’aile Est du centre commercial Yorkdale;
  • Un éclairage programmable et énergétique, doté de détecteurs de mouvement, et un éclairage extérieur à cellule photoélectrique;
  • Quatre bornes de recharge électrique dans le stationnement étagé E et 10 dans le stationnement étagé G.
  • Une aire de gonflage de pneus gratuit dans chaque stationnement étagé, pouvant servir tant pour les véhicules que les vélos.

Pour Oxford Properties Group, ce processus pour les deux projets de certification Parksmart aura servi à mettre en lumière les occasions visant à optimiser et moderniser les actifs de stationnement, assurer un retour sur investissement solide et améliorer l’expérience de stationnement pour les clients du centre commercial.

« Nous avons entrepris cette certification Parksmart avec l’objectif de redéfinir le stationnement à Yorkdale. Elle contribue également à nos initiatives globales, parmi les meilleures de l’industrie, axées sur la durabilité des entreprises visant à réduire les empreintes carbones en diminuant l’utilisation d’énergie et en améliorant la qualité de l’environnement », déclare Claire Santamaria, directrice et directrice générale du centre commercial Yorkdale. « Les parcs de stationnement représentent une superficie importante en pieds carrés qui ne peut être négligée. Il en revient à nous d’assurer que le fonctionnement de nos stationnements génère le moins d’impact possible sur l’environnement ».

Pour GBCI Canada, ces certifications représentent un ajout prometteur au paysage écologique canadien, et une nouvelle occasion de durabilité dans un milieu traditionnel.

« J’aimerais féliciter Oxford Properties Group ainsi que leur équipe à Yorkdale pour cet exploit significatif » poursuit Thomas Mueller, directeur général de GBCI Canada. « Grâce à ces certifications, Oxford poursuit son rôle de leader et démontre encore une fois son engagement axé sur l’excellence et visant à assurer un avenir vert à son parc immobilier. La certification Parksmart démontre notre engagement envers les consommateurs et la communauté locale, assure une valeur supplémentaire à tous les locataires au détail et peut contribuer à réduire les frais d’exploitation pouvant atteindre jusqu’à 25 pour cent ».

Parksmart a vu le jour au Canada en février 2018, faisant partie d’une nouvelle série d’outils et de programmes offerts par GBCI Canada visant à aider l’industrie dans la création de nouvelles occasions validant le rendement amélioré des bâtiments, la réduction des émissions, les économies opérationnelles et les avantages associés à la santé publique.

Le système est conçu de manière à proposer une synergie avec les certifications GBCI existantes comme LEED Canada, au moyen de projets qui seront en mesure d’atteindre jusqu’à la moitié des exigences requises pour une certification Parksmart à l’intérieur du système de pointage LEED. Les projets existants inscrits et certifiés LEED sont également admissibles à un rabais de 15 pour cent sur les inscriptions Parksmart. Pour en apprendre davantage sur la certification, son fonctionnement avec LEED, et la façon de vous inscrire, veuillez visiter http://gbcicanada.ca/fr/parksmart.shtml


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Joel Baglole
Relations avec les médias du CBDCa
613-288-8075 (Bureau)
613-894-7772 (cellulaire)

À propos de GBCI Canada
Propriété conjointe du Conseil du bâtiment durable du Canada (CBDCa)

et de Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), GBCI Canada accélère la transformation du marché du bâtiment durable et son impact au Canada. GBCI Canada offre des services et des conseils d’experts aux clients en matière de certification au Canada avec sa suite de produits, comprenant les systèmes d’évaluation des bâtiments durables LEED, la norme PEER pour les systèmes d’énergie, la norme du bâtiment WELL, l’initiative Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) pour l’utilisation du terrain, Parksmart pour les structures de stationnement, TRUE Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) pour les rénovations à rendement énergétique et le cadre de référence GRESB. Pour de plus amples renseignements : gbcicanada.ca

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Image: Jennifer Benning, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Mines, and Ph.D. student Jason Phillips pose in front of sedum plants on the roof of the main terminal at the Rapid City Regional Airport.
RAPID CITY, SD (Oct. 11, 2018) – Visitors to the Rapid City Regional Airport can now take-in a new green roof project as part of their experience. The rooftop deck that extends over part of the main terminal includes a green roof project recently installed by South Dakota School of Mines and Technology graduate student Jason Phillips. Part of this rooftop area is planted in sedums, small flowering plants that require little maintenance and that do well in the regional climate. Phillips’ work shows off the advantages of using technology to monitor and maintain these green rooftops.

Phillips, who is working toward his Ph.D. in civil/environmental engineering, says “This is old technology, this has been going on for a long time around the world. I am just an advocate of bringing this sustainable technology here.” Green roofs have been around for centuries; they offer excellent insulation, keeping buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Phillips’ project has a high-tech twist, the soil moisture beneath the sedum plants is being monitored by a set of sensors that allow automatic watering as needed.

These roofs also provide an excellent sound barrier which keeps buildings separated from outside noise. Green roofs are highly durable and stand up to weather events like large hail better than conventional roofing; and at a minimum, double the life expectancy of the waterproof roofing membrane. Green roofs can serve as an efficient and important way to regulate runoff from urban areas. Water that falls on these roofs is absorbed by the engineered soil and is used by the plants which reduces the amount of runoff flowing into neighboring waterways.

This practice can enhance quality of life in urban areas and increase habitat for local wildlife and birds. Sedum covered roofs also combine well with solar panels, as the plants do not heat up as much as a conventional roof.  This helps keep the solar panels cooler in direct sunlight which can extend their operating life and improve their overall efficiency.

The Airport has a mutual interest with SD Mines in promoting scientific research to support issues that affect public health, safety and welfare.  “Working with the school provides a great benefit to our facility as well as an opportunity for our passengers to enjoy our patio,” stated Patrick Dame, Airport Executive Director.  “This project is an example of our commitment to our goals of protecting the environment and inspiring innovation that improves the customer experience.  We are excited about our partnership in this project and are looking forward to seeing its results.”

This project was funded in part through a grant from the West Dakota Water Development District (WDWDD).  Their mission is to support entities that furnish financial, educational or other aid necessary to any project within the District that encourages:  better utilization of our water resources through water conservation; proper water management; and evaluation and protection of our water quality, putting water to beneficial use for domestic, municipal, industrial and irrigation as well as recreational purposes.

The media is invited to a press availability to view the newly installed roof at the Rapid City Regional Airport at 10 a.m. on Oct. 17.  Reporters are asked to gather on the second floor of the Main Terminal.


MEDIA CONTACTS
Charles Michael Ray                                                                                                   Toni Broom
Communications Manager                                                                    Public Information Officer
University Relations                                                                           Rapid City Regional Airport
Charles.Ray@sdsmt.edu                                                                              toni.broom@rcgov.org
605-394-6082                                                                                                             605-394-4195

About SD Mines

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat.

About Rapid City Regional Airport

The Rapid City Regional Airport recently added service to New York/Newark, Saturdays only, through the summer, bringing its total destinations to 11.  The airport also has flights to Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix-Mesa, Salt Lake City, and seasonal service to Atlanta, Charlotte, and Houston.  Find more information online at www.rapairport.com.

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Quebec City and Montreal, October 10, 2018 — Two of Econoler’s executives very recently published a book entitled Canadian Energy Efficiency Outlook: A National Effort for Tackling Climate Change, which is the very first comprehensive overview of Canada’s energy efficiency sector. By profiling the diverse environments that are favourable for improving energy efficiency across the Canadian provinces and territories, it is shown that in Quebec, as well as elsewhere in Canada, there is still huge unrealized potential for pursuing energy efficiency. The province of Quebec and the rest of Canada are among the most energy-intensive societies in the world. Although quite a number of interesting programs and initiatives have been implemented across the country by governmental bodies, many financially rewarding actions across the economic sectors can help reduce energy consumption, save a total of billions of dollars each year, reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, create jobs and improve our businesses’ profitability.
Pierre Langlois, Econoler’s president and co-author of this book, suggests: “The rapid development of more efficient and effective technologies, together with energy-efficiency measures with proven profitability, shows us signs of great potential to be tapped. Although governments across the country do propose interesting measures, we can still do more like California, Japan or Germany.”

Highly Diverse Environments
Because most institutional responsibilities related to energy efficiency fall into provincial or territorial jurisdiction, each provincial or territorial government regulates this sector through laws, regulations and incentives. As Geneviève Gauthier, the other co-author of the book, explains, “Although the federal government can provide signals and lead by example, it is the provinces and territories that really play the leadership role in developing this sector.”  Pierre Langlois adds, “We’re often surprised by this situation existing across the world when we try to better understand the realities in Canada’s energy efficiency sector. And it is the same situation for enterprises with nationwide presence, which intend to implement some overall energy-efficiency strategies across all their markets in Canada. We have tried to offer all Canadian market actors and all international experts who are interested an overview that provides both a big picture and an in-depth look at energy efficiency and the best practices observed across the country.”

The Factors that Drive Energy Efficiency
All across Canada, the desire to create jobs, reduce energy costs and GHG emissions and reduce the need for new energy-production infrastructure is the factor having a major influence on the development of energy efficiency.
“Today, we do see that energy-efficiency measures are financially rewarding, with a return on investment often higher than 10%, and sometimes even at 20 to 30% or more. Additionally, the political will and climate change are other factors with an influence on the development of the energy efficiency sector. Probably because of all these factors we are observing here and elsewhere, there is a strong tendency to consider energy efficiency as one of the first resources for finding energy supply. But we’re still far from considering it as the Number 1 sector to be developed to support economic growth across Canada,” explains Geneviève Gauthier, Econoler’s national director for consulting services.

Good Practices Worth Knowing About 
In this overview, the authors have identified quite a number of good practices which truly enable driving energy efficiency. For example, in Quebec, the recently launched Quebec energy transition effort is leading to better coordination of the sector and is helping better inform businesses, organizations, municipalities and citizens about various measures offering a good return on investment. In Nova Scotia, Efficiency One, a province-owned company entirely dedicated to promoting energy efficiency shows the importance that this province has attached to this sector in meeting its energy needs.

Missed Opportunities
Among the missed opportunities across Canada, we can take the transportation sector, a highly overlooked sector, as an example. “Everywhere across our country, not many measures are being applied to the transportation sector, whether for people or for cargo. However, this is a sector that consumes an enormous amount of energy,” emphasizes Geneviève Gauthier, who, however, does admit that this sector is complex and is still poorly understood.
In general, it is especially a lack of information and knowledge that is hindering the development of energy efficiency. “Every day, I run into businesses that wrongly believe that energy-efficiency projects are complicated to implement, need much investment and their impacts are hard to evaluate. Every day, we provide advice to stakeholders in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors so that they can implement simple, effective and rewarding initiatives,” explains Geneviève Gauthier, who is scheduled to host a workshop and talk about this book at an energy-efficiency-themed event organized by Les Affaires on September 20-21, 2018.

The Very First Overview of Our Country’s Energy Efficiency Sector
Pierre Langlois, Econoler’s president, and Geneviève Gauthier, Econoler’s national director for consulting services, have co-authored the book, Canadian Energy Efficiency Outlook: A National Effort for Tackling Climate Change, in collaboration with some energy efficiency experts in all the provinces and territories of the country, in both the public and private sectors. This book has been published by Fairmount Press and is already available online at: http://www.fairmontpress.com/hardcopy-books/canadian-energy-efficiency-outlook-a-national-effort-for-tackling-climate-change.

About Econoler 
Econoler is an internationally renowned Canadian consulting firm specializing in designing, implementing, evaluating and financing energy-efficiency projects and programs. Since its inception 36 years ago, Econoler has completed over 4,000 assignments in the energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy performance contracting sectors in Canada and around the world.


For more information, please contact:
Christophe Aura
COPTICOM
caura@copticom.ca
514.797.7986

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Canadian firm “changing the way we look at building design”, says Longo’s president

OCTOBER 9, 2018 – Vaughan ON CANADA – Canadian grocery retailer Longo’s and tech innovator S2E today announced  completion of Canada’s first “sustainable supermarket” at a Grand Ceremony in Stouffville.  The Longo’s project – supported by Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program – is the result of a collaboration between Longo’s, s2e Technologies and Neelands Group, with support from FCML, SNC Lavalin, Studio Intersekt and Hammerschlag & Joffe. The building design sets a new standard for resiliency, sustainability and risk management, according to Ady Vyas, VP of Energy Solutions for S2E Technologies.

The 40000 sq. ft. Stouffville store will use 35% less energy than other supermarkets and produce 65% of its own energy through the use of renewable technologies. The building is expected to reduce between 1500-2000 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) per year. 

“Longo’s is committed to the communities in which we operate and we’re committed to doing our part for the planet. I think that our customers expect that,” says Anthony Longo, President and CEO of Longo Brothers Fruit Markets.  “We have a longstanding commitment to supporting energy reduction initiatives. So when we started to think about this new location, we decided to partner with S2E to create a different kind of building. We wanted to explore how we could actually create a sustainable supermarket, and learned that S2E could actually help make that happen. They are changing the way we look at building design.”

“Supermarkets are one of the more energy-intensive retail businesses, due to their large cooling and heating loads,” says Vyas. “Canada’s northern climate makes reducing energy use and therefore GHG emissions in supermarkets even more challenging. The key to the Stouffville project is the integration created by S2E’s energy microgrid.  Longo’s were committed to demonstrating their values in this building design. They’re really showing the huge supermarket sector what can be achieved with this kind of collaboration.” 

The Stouffville store will achieve its GHG reduction goals through the integration of efficiency improvements, renewable systems and technologies and other sustainable options including:  

·       CO2 refrigeration with heat reclaim
·       Efficient building envelope
·       LED lighting
·       Higher efficiency entry vestibule
·       Heat recovery in cases
·       Higher efficiency glazing
·       Roof Top PV 
·       Facade PV
·       Parking canopy PV
·       CCHP System with absorption chiller integrated with the CO2 system 
·       EV charging 

“Longo’s has been supporting energy reduction initiatives for years, says Dave Mastroieni, Vice President Central Procurement & Facility Management, Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. Reducing our environmental impact is just one way we are committed to serving our communities. Our newest location in Stouffville will reduce between 1,500–2,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, which is equivalent to taking 274-366 cars off the road annually.”

 “Longo’s continue to be market leaders in new innovative technologies, and Neelands Group is proud to collaborate in this leadership role,” says Noel Neelands, President of Neelands Group Limited.  “This store in Stouffville has set the target for net-zero solutions with a suite of power-saving technologies and renewable energy that will make Longo’s a sustainable energy leader in Canada.  Building supermarkets that are financially viable and environmentally responsible ensure that the net zero store will be the standard for future generations.”

Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville, was on hand for today’s announcement, and observed that Canadians have expressed their own commitment to a low-carbon future through the Generation Energy project.

About Longo’s 

Tommy, Joe and Gus Longo opened the first Longo’s store in 1956. Longo’s is owned and operated by the second and now third generation of family members and today boasts 33 stores including 5 small format “The Market” by Longo’s, and Grocery Gateway, the leader in online sales of home delivered groceries. Inspired by the first generation and their commitment to high family standards, the Longo’s team of food experts are dedicated to exceeding customer expectations by offering the best food experience to every customer, every time by providing authentic value, genuine hospitality, uncompromising quality, inspiration and guidance and community care. 

 About S2E 

S2E is committed to changing the way buildings are designed – by providing immediately available, cost-effective solutions that make a real difference in fighting climate change and provide a better future for us all. Leveraging innovation, technology and a network of passionate people and partners, our sustainable solutions in renewable energy systems and smart net zero energy communities create lasting benefit for the economy and the environment. Visit us on the web at www.s2etech.com, connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter. 

About Neelands Group Limited 

Since 1958 Neelands has provided refrigeration design, engineering, installation and services to some of the largest commercial refrigeration retail businessesin North America. Neelands has always been a leader in innovative technology, focusing most recently on solutions that reduce green house gas emissions and overall energy costs. Advanced control software and technology and a team of experienced technicians identify potential energy saving opportunities through equipment retrofits, re-commissioning, equipment design and other operational practices. Through the use of environmentally friendly CO2 refrigeration systems, energy optimization software and new refrigeration technologies, Neelands has shown that sustainable solutions can beboth cost effective and responsible. Find out more at www.neelands.com. 


For more information contact:    
Kimberley Love
Public Relations for S2E Technologies
Phone: 519-373-1460
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Vancouver, BC: TimberWest announced today that it is committed to pursuing carbon neutrality over the next 10 years and has taken the first significant step in the process by measuring a total carbon footprint going beyond just its operations to incorporate supply chain energy use, forest carbon and its distribution network. 

Working with KPMG as an advisor and PwC and the Carbon Trust as independent verifiers, TimberWest conducted a carbon accounting of its owned forest assets and activities starting with the organic matter on the forest floor, to the trees and resultant wood products, including TimberWest’s associated operational activities.  This approach is believed to be a first-of-its-kind for a forest company to understand its end-to-end impact with respect to climate change.

“Working forests are a renewable resource and a potential positive contributor to addressing climate change. This end-to-end approach to understanding our carbon footprint is a key step in determining how we can be part of the solution to climate change through sustainable forest management and informed decisions across our supply chain,” said Jeff Zweig, TimberWest’s CEO. “This data sets an important benchmark from which we will measure our progress towards carbon neutrality over the next decade.” 

“Using our forest industry and greenhouse gas verification expertise, PwC performed a limited assurance verification over the results of TimberWest’s voluntary carbon footprint assessment using the ISAE 3410 standardto guide our work.  We also incorporated the ISO 14065 Standard for Greenhouse Gas Verification and the Canadian Forest Service carbon model, as well as other well-established forest estate and product carbon modelling techniques,” said Mike Harris, PwC Canada, Partner, Risk Assurance Services. “PwC is proud to have participated in this progressive verification assignment for TimberWest.”  

Hugh Jones, Managing Director – Business Services at the Carbon Trust said: “Good measurement is the crucial first step to effective management. TimberWest is the first forest company we have provided with an organizational certification that goes beyond just the carbon footprint from its own operations, by also looking at the emissions associated with its supply chain energy use, the distribution of products to customers and long-term carbon storage. By better understanding and communicating how it impacts the climate, both negatively through its own greenhouse gas emissions and positively through sustainably-managed forests, the company will be able to play an important role in building a sustainable, low carbon future.”
 
About TimberWest
TimberWest is a third-party certified company under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative that has been operating on the BC Coast for over 100 years.  It’s the first BC forest company certified to the Progressive Aboriginal Relations standard through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is wholly owned by two major Canadian public service pension funds.
 
About KPMG
At KPMG, our commitment to the Forest Products industry includes developing and delivering tailored services to help clients improve performance and achieve bottom line efficiencies as well as our traditional roles of providing assurance over financial reporting and tax compliance and planning services. Our team of professional foresters, biologists, auditors, and environmental specialists supports companies in delivering on their sustainability and climate change objectives.
 
About PwC Canada
At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. More than 6,700 partners and staff in offices across the country are committed to, consulting and deals services. PwC Canada is a member of the PwC network of firms with more than 236,235 people in 158 countries. Find out more by visiting us at www.pwc.com/ca.
 
About the Carbon Trust
Established in 2001, the Carbon Trust works with businesses, governments and institutions around the world, helping them contribute to – and benefit from – a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficient strategies, and commercializing low carbon businesses, systems and technologies.
  • We work with corporates and governments, helping them to align their strategies with climate science and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • We provide expert advice and assurance, giving investors and financial institutions the confidence that green finance will have genuinely green outcomes.
  • We provide independent insight and support the development low carbon technologies and solutions, building the foundations for the energy system of the future.
Headquartered in London, we have a global team of over 30 nationalities based across five continents.
 
Media Contacts:
TimberWest: monica.bailey@timberwest.com and +1 250 716 3744
Carbon Trust: press@carbontrust.com and +44(0)207 170 7050
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KELOWNA – Downtown Kelowna will soon be home to acutting-edge, “green” self-storage facility that will be the first of its kind in North America and one of 16 projects in Canada to participate in theZero Carbon Building Pilot Program.

EcoLock Kelowna, a for-profit commercial development that combines self-storage and a co-workspace facility, willbe a five-floor, 112,000-square foot building that will generate 105 percent of its electricity through the use of on-site solar panels. The facility will not be attached to the natural gas grid.

“Buildings are the number one producer of greenhouse gasses in North America, and this project is raising the bar for sustainable development,” said Don Redden, CEO of Ulmus Development Ltd., the parent company of EcoLock Kelowna. “With 2.5 billion square feet of self-storage facilities in North America, many of the facilities are low-density, unproductive spaces that don’t contribute to the fabric of a neighborhood. EcoLock Kelowna will demonstrate that there are greener, more customer-focused alternatives to enable dense, walkable urban living and creative storage solutions.”

The internal building walls will sequester carbon, usingJust BioFiberblocks made in Canada from waste hemp stock. Each Just BioFiber block stores 6.5 kilograms of carbon. These blocks replace a significant amount of steel and concrete, leading a continuous de-carbonization of materials over time. EcoLock Kelowna will be one of the largest building-specific ‘sinks’ of sequestered atmospheric CO2in the world. The building will also collect, filter and reuse rainwater in a 62,000-litre tank, located under the building, for all planting irrigation.

The building, located at the corner of Ellis Street and Bay Avenue in Kelowna, is designed by international architecture and planning firm McLennan Design and its founder Jason F. McLennan. McLennan, a Canadian and recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller prize, is the creator of the Living Building Challenge and is considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today.

“EcoLock Kelowna is pursuing the most stringent green building standard in the world through the Living Building Challenge,” said McLennan. “Most commercial development has not yet caught up with the trends toward high performance sustainable design, and I believe this project will help lead the way.”

EcoLock will combine self-storage with its Werkright co-workspace area that will be a venue for self-employed and local business people who require a creative professional work and meeting area, and for out-of-town business people who belong to the Werkright family.

“EcoLock and Ulmus Developments are excited to be bringing this innovative project to Kelowna to demonstrate how B.C. companies are on the leading edge of combating climate change with creative environmental solutions,” added Redden.

EcoLock Kelowna is entirely privately-funded and not dependent on contributions from governments or foundations. It has been approved by Kelowna City Council and is scheduled to open to the public next summer.

“The City of Kelowna is committed to building connected, strong neighborhoods and urban centres that help us limit our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Colin Basran. “We also have corporate goals to reduce GHGs in City-owned buildings, so it’s great to see a company like EcoLock come to Kelowna to build one of the greenest buildings in North America.”

For more information, please visitwww.ecolockstorage.com.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Caillin Katnich Carmen Bennett
Media Relations, EcoLock Kelowna Media Relations, EcoLock Kelowna
Phone: 778-988-6180 Phone: 604-812-7064
Email:caillinkatnich@kirkandco.caEmail:carmenbennett@kirkandco.ca

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