Ottawa’s Carleton University lands $350,000 from feds for green building project

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Carleton University's Residence Commons building.

Research from Carleton University might help make new buildings more energy efficient with the help of some fresh federal funding.

The Ottawa-based post-secondary institution will receive $350,000 from the government of Canada to fund a new study of occupant behaviour in buildings, the feds announced Tuesday morning.

The project will study and model behaviour as occupants move throughout buildings in order to better predict how energy is consumed and find ways to reduce it. Carleton professor Liam O’Brien said in a statement that assumptions about occupancy can have a “profound impact” on construction decisions.

The federal government is targeting buildings as high-carbon emitters, noting in a release that 17 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions come from homes and other buildings.