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Building a Sustainable City Starts with your Home!


October 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon Planning & Building Safety Department invites all members of the public to learn more about how they can be part of the effort to build a sustainable Brandon at an open house featuring guest speakers from Built Green Canada on the evening of Tuesday, November 3rd.

The green building concept is rooted in the philosophy that building a sustainable city can start right in your own home. The building industry is the nation's largest manufacturing activity, and the energy and material consumption significantly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions which, in turn, impacts global climate change.

City of Brandon’s Director of Planning & Building Safety Louisa Garbo notes that by introducing the sustainable city philosophy into the community, it’s hoped that developers and homeowners will begin thinking about the triple bottom line - environmental, social, and economic - when it comes to investing in homes.

“Our department is charged with the responsibility to grow and build our City, and our vision is to build a sustainable, liveable, and attractive Brandon,” says Garbo. “The green building design concept offers a holistic and effective approach by building an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable City. We will continue to promote this approach and to work collectively with the community in our efforts to build a sustainable Brandon.”

“Energy efficiencies in housing and other small buildings are being addressed in forthcoming amendments to the Manitoba Building Code, so by becoming more conscious of energy consumption, from both a financial and sustainable perspective, Brandon developers and homeowners can be ahead of the curve,” adds the City of Brandon’s Building Safety Manager Greg Merke.

The “Building a Sustainable City – Starting with your Home” open house will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Brandon Design Studio space of the Cultural Resource Centre at the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex, 638 Princess Avenue. Beginning at 5:15 p.m., representatives of Built Green Canada will provide a half hour presentation of its programs, including how to build and how to obtain BUILT GREEN® certification for a single-family home.

The November 3rd open house is the last in the City of Brandon Planning & Building Safety Department’s Brandon Design Studio 2015 public outreach program. More information on the Brandon Design Studio program can be found on the City of Brandon’s website here.


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