Carleton University will receive $350,000 from the government of Canada for a project that will help the construction industry design more energy- efficient and high-performing buildings.
The project will study and model occupant behavioral patterns to better predict building energy consumption and find new methods to reduce it, according to a statement from the feds.
The government says that Canada is committed to the transition to a low-carbon economy, and buildings and homes contribute approximately 17 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The government is working with provinces, territories and industry on energy code development, data sharing, research and development, and market transformation strategies for the building sector.
“Energy efficiency has a critical role to play in Canada’s future energy system. The Government of Canada continues to undertake initiatives that will help transform Canada’s homes and buildings to be more energy-efficient and reduce GHGs (Greenhouse Gases), creating healthier and more comfortable and productive environments at home and at work, leading to lower energy bills,” Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, said in a statement.