SAIT improves energy efficiency on campus with investment from federal government


from the Calgary Herald :

Calgary’s SAIT campus plans to upgrade aging facilities and improve energy efficiency thanks to a $20-million boost from the federal government.

Officials say funding announced Wednesday through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) will allow for improvements in three unique projects.

SAIT’s Green Building Technologies Lab and Demonstration Centre will expand advanced research and training opportunities, but will also aim to meet a net-zero energy standard.

Upgrades to the John Ware Building, as well as mechanical and electrical improvements to the Senator Burns Building, will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 per cent.

The projects combined are expected to create more than 270 jobs at any given time over the course of construction.

“Good jobs begin with a good education, which is why it’s critical that we support our colleges, universities and technical training institutes,” said Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education.

“These key infrastructure investments ensure Albertans have access to state-of-the-art learning and training facilities, while addressing the need to create jobs and diversify our economy.”

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