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Made-in-Alberta Newsletter June 11, 2010

Friday June 11, 2010

Hello Made-in-Alberta Friends and Supporters. Here’s what’s new and coming up this week...

New Release! “Net Zero Method” (4 min)

Since the groundbreaking Riverdale NetZero project, Edmonton’s renowned experts are learning how to simplify the process of designing these buildings and their renewable energy systems. This week on Made-in-Alberta, Peter Amerongen of Habitat Studios shares some of his latest research. And Bikeology Festival runs all through Edmonton’s Bike Month in June...

Now Playing on Shaw TV! “ICLEI Look Back” (4 min.)
Many people get discouraged by what seems to be a lack of real action on climate change at the international level. A sure cure for the eco-blues is to see the progress being made by dedicated municipal workers and active citizens in cities and towns around the world. Also, June 19 is a big day for eco-mobility revelry. To watch on-line, click:

Bikeology Festival runs free events all month long! June 14 to 20 ...
The second Bikeology Movie Monday features “Pedal”, a fast-paced documentary of cycle messengers in New York City. The opener is an eclectic 20 mins of Barb’s Bike Shorts, with medics on bikes, punk rockers and a crazy (even for Barb ;) bicycle training film for kids. It’s an evening of fall-down, near misses - without even spilling your popcorn. (Bike movies are in the Rice Theatre this year, downstairs in the Citadel.) Tuesday, Credo Café is the scene of a moderated Bikeology Dialogue about bicycle touring. On Wednesday, there’s a new event: Blue Sky's BBQ & Bicycle Show and Shine. Enjoy the classic film "Bicycle Thief" and live, local music. On Friday from 7 – 9 AM the mobile Bike2Work Breakfast is at the north end of the High Level Bridge. Get your bike tuned up while you drink coffee and eat muffins. Saturday, June 19, is the big one. Bikeology Festival Day is at Beaver Hills “Bike” Park from noon to four, and this is the exact same time as the City of Edmonton’s Park(ed) , MEC BikeFest, the Downtown Farmers Market and Rock the Square. Leave the car at home. All five events will be linked by a car-free network along 102 avenue. Check out the Google Calendar on for addresses and times. Read event blogs on the home page.

Barb’s Field Notes – Has the Game Been Changed?
I actually think Peter Amerongen’s research highlighted in the Made-in-Alberta episode this week may be a game-changer for the construction and energy industries (especially natural gas). Peter and his colleagues and partners have simplified the design process for net-zero housing to the point where he claims, “It’s not that much more difficult than any other house”. With simplification comes lower incremental costs, and so (according to an inside source) building net-zero ready buildings may be the cheapest energy option for homeowners in Alberta very soon, if it isn’t already. This is why we filed this episode in our Made-in-Alberta – Environomics chapter. You can preview Peter’s entire (60 min) seminar on Solar Alberta TV on our web site. We are working out a few glitches to these web pages, but the videos are all there. Click, watch, and tell me if you think this research constitutes a disruptive technology – a game changer – or am I just leaking hot air. Send me your comments, and I’ll send you a free DVD

Coming Up Next Week
A home energy pioneer and a made-in-Saskatchewan story ...

Barb Allard, Producer/Director,
Ph: 780-455-6465

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