Components and design features that affect energy performance in buildings will soon be under the microscope in Moose Jaw.
© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
SIAST Palliser Campus is pictured on July 31, 2013.
On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science in Technology (SIAST) was awarded a $25,000 federal grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC). That money will be be used to undertake a research project that could lead to an improved software solution for managing building energy efficiency.
Research on the energy performance of buildings will begin later this month when SIAST architectural technologies students begin assessing buildings throughout the city. The goal is that building managers and owners will be able to pinpoint improvements or behavioural changes to improve a building's performance.
"The architectural technologies program is an applied program leading to employment in all aspects of the design and construction industry," program head Rod Stutt said via press release. "There is no better way for the students to learn than to gain practical experience working with real buildings."
The grant, however, would not be possible without the support of Jami Manastryski, who is the president of Check-It Solutions Inc., and a SIAST grad.
Manastryski contacted the Office of Applied Research and Innovation at SIAST and they worked together to secure the grant money from the College and Community Innovation program, managed by NSERC.
"Combining the technology from Check-It with the building science knowledge of SIAST will be a great collaboration project," said Manastryski in the press release. "We are excited about working together to develop a powerful solution."
Since 2008, Check-It has provided services to customers around the globe, providing energy management applications to commercial and residential properties.
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