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Brandon launches Certified Green Homes project

Green homes Mayor and staff City of Brandon

Seated: Mayor Rick Chrest. Standing: Planning & Building Safety staff (L-R) Ryan Nickel, Principal Planner; Greg Merke, Building Safety Manager; Louisa Garbo, Director.

In its continuing efforts to build a ‘green’ city and advance sustainable building practices, the City of Brandon’s Planning & Building Safety Department is launching a Certified Green Homes pilot project.

The project involves Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart for New Homes program:

• it offers design and energy modeling incentives

• encourages builders to construct homes that are at least 20% more energy efficient than comparable new homes.

Also involved is Built Green Canada’s certification process. It extends beyond energy efficiency to include:

• natural resource preservation

• pollution reduction

• waste management practice

• ventilation and air quality

• improvement in home durability


Built Green Canada is a third-party, non-profit organization that works with builders interested in responsible sustainability practices in the residential building sector.

“The City of Brandon is the first municipality in Manitoba to be tackling the ‘Built Green’ philosophy,” says Mayor Chrest.

“As a growing City, Brandon recognizes that the residential construction industry is essential to the city’s long-term economic strength and prosperity.

I and City Council are proud to support the launch of Brandon’s Certified Green Homes pilot project, as it supports Council’s Strategic Plan priorities of planned growth, economic prosperity, and financial stewardship.”

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Statistics Canada data show that economic impacts of residential construction in Brandon in 2014 (including new home building, renovation, and repair) reflected $59 million in wages and $143 million in investment value.

The pilot project is also timed well with forthcoming building code changes that, for the first time, address energy efficiency.

The new code requires an increase in energy requirements and will see everyone building to a higher standard.

This is an important step forward for industry, homebuyers, and the environment. With these building code changes, builders will now be on an even playing field.

“The fundamental benefit of a green home goes beyond reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere,” says Louisa Garbo, Director of Planning & Building Safety.

“A green home provides superior interior environmental conditions for the occupants and reduces the energy cost to the homeowner.

A green home can also help achieve the triple-bottom line concept of building with environmental, social, and economic sustainability in mind.

Our goal is to aid in that process by providing homeowners with resources to help them build or retrofit a green home through this certification process.”

Find more information about Brandon’s Certified Green Homes pilot project here

City of Brandon



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Text: View of the corner of Tenth Street and Rosser Avenue. The Smith Block, Canadian Bank of Commerce and Cecil Hotel.

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