This story was updated to reflect the full amount of government funding.
Ottawa’s Carleton University will use money from two levels of government to research ways to reduce new and existing buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions.
The local post-secondary institution announced Friday it will receive $3.5 million from Natural Resources Canada and an additional $2.1 million from the Ontario Research Fund to study ways to combat heat loss in buildings through improved insulation.
Research projects will include exploring the effectiveness of new super-thin insulation products in new builds and the development of software to help building managers monitor and reduce energy use.
Carleton professor Cynthia Cruickshank said in a release that addressing emissions from existing buildings through retrofits will also be key to effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. She said that of the more than 13 million homes already built in Canada, 62 per cent were constructed more than 20 years ago – before the National Building Code had requirements for energy efficiency.
As part of the funding, Carleton will also collaborate with Algonquin College and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Alaska to develop new building envelope concepts.