FCM/GMF: Feasibility Studies
for SMART Communities in Canada

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Canadian cities are looking for developers to build more sustainably, which is complex for both municipal government entities and developers (two projects per city), for s2e Technologies to observe three basic concepts:

Net-Zero Energy SMART Communities are more practical than they have been before, and cities strive to help developers realize them.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

CNet-Zero Energy SMART Communities are more practical to build than they have been before, and Canadian cities are eager to see developers step up to the challenge.

s2e Technologies is managing a cross-Canada study on what cities can do to effectively enable builders to build net-zero. This study looks at which technologies to use where, how to pay for them, and how to get innovative projects approved through the municipal process.

And in the end, this study will guide municipalities across Canada, using real case studies, to show how they can enable developers to build net-zero energy communities in their home regions too.

This study combined two growing, medium-sized Canadian cities, and eight developers (two projects per city), to observe three basic concepts:

  • The technical feasibility of achieving each of the eight Net-Zero Energy projects.
  • The financial feasibility of obtaining funds for the improvements that cities require in order to reach the goal of Net-Zero Energy.
  • The normative feasibility to obtain government approval of projects and all required permits.

These eight projects cover the most popular types of development in cities, including different factors such as brown and green surfaces, landfills, re-urbanization, small and high concentrations, and mixed land uses.

As a final result, s2e Technologies report will feature these eight case studies, will be presented at the end of 2018. It will include a scheme of programs and policies that may be applicable and easily implemented in any Canadian city, and can catalyze Net-Zero Energy based construction throughout the country.

Highlights

  • Four partner cities
  • Eight Net-Zero Energy projects, two for each city
  • We cover the most popular types of urban developments in Canada
  • The result will be “the bible” of “How to Build with Net-Zero Energy “.

This study was funded by the FCM and a team of four growing, medium-sized Canadian cities, working with eight developers (two projects per city), to observe three basic concepts:

  • The technical feasibility of achieving Net-Zero Energy at each of the eight projects (ie: how to build it).
  • The financial feasibility of building those Net-Zero Energy projects (ie: how to fund it), and
  • The process feasibility to obtain government approval of projects and all required permits.

These eight projects cover all the most common types of development in cities, including brown and green fields, landfills, re-urbanization, heritage, mixed densities, uses, and more.

s2e’s report will feature these eight case studies, and will be presented at the end of 2018. It will include tables of technologies and programs and policies that may be implemented to varying degrees in any Canadian city, and will enable local municipalities of all sizes to select contextualized tools to help catalyze Net-Zero Energy construction locally, throughout the country.

Highlights

  • Four partner cities
  • Eight Net-Zero Energy projects, two for each city
  • We cover the most popular types of urban developments in Canada
  • The result will be “the bible” of “How to Build with Net-Zero Energy “.

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