Showcase Tours & Workshops

Advancing Carbon Neutrality in Your Community: FCM Consultation On Carbon Neutral Buildings
November 6 - 1:45 PM -3:15 PM
Host: FCM - Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Thinking about a potential carbon neutral building in your community? Contemplating how to achieve carbon neutrality in other sectors such as transportation? If so, we want to hear from you! Join us in this session to hear about how FCM could support a new or retrofit building in your community. Participate in small group discussions and provide feedback on how FCM could better support municipalities and their partners in advancing carbon neutral buildings. 

Climate Communications: Partners for Climate Protection 
November 7 - 1:45 PM -3:15 PM
Hosts: ICLEI Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

This workshop will explore the challenges and different approaches to communicating climate change barriers effectively. Participants will share their insights on having the climate conversation with different audiences, and work together to identify common issues, lessons learned and best practices. We invite all PCP Members and QUEST2017 attendees to join us at this highly interactive session.


8:30 AM - 12:00 PM - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 

Get out and experience the best that Ottawa has to offer for Smart Energy Communities, join one of three tours covering clean energy + technology, energy efficient +intelligent buildings, and net-zero community/housing development. The showcase tours provided by foot or bus are a perfect opportunity to get an inside look at local projects and initiatives that are putting Ottawa on track as a Smart Energy Communities Leader.

Study Tour # 1 - CanmetENERGY - Ottawa Lab (Natural Resources Canada)

8:30 A.M.  - Depart from Delta Ottawa to Chaudière Falls
12:30 P.M. - Arrive at Delta Ottawa from Bell's Corner

Chaudiere Falls Hydro Facility 
Tour Energy Ottawa’s newly-expanded hydroelectric facility at Chaudière Falls. Built entirely below ground, the new 29-megawatt hydroelectric facility feeds into the provincial grid and is designed to have minimal-to-zero impacts on the visual, natural and aquatic environments. Annually, it will power 20,000 homes with clean, renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 115,000 metric tons of CO2. For the first time in more than 100 years, Chaudière Falls will be open to the public to enjoy. Energy Ottawa, an affiliate of Hydro Ottawa, is Ontario’s largest municipally owned producer of green power with a total generation capacity of 128 megawatts; enough to power 107,000 homes.

Canmet-Ottawa Lab
CanmetENERGY-Ottawa is a world-respected team of professionals committed to being a leader in the development of energy S&T solutions for the environmental and economic benefit of Canadians. CanmetENERGY-Ottawa engages in research and development in the areas of energy efficiency, clean fossil fuels, and renewable and alternative energy sources. Our goal is to ensure that Canada is at the leading edge of clean energy technology development and greenhouse gas reduction. Visitors will be shown examples of technologies being developed specifically for community use, in the context of green and sustainable communities.

Study Tour # 2 - Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (CCHT) - NRC & Canada Science and Technology Museum

8:30 A.M. - Depart from Delta Ottawa to CCHT - NRC
12:10 P.M. - Arrive at Delta Ottawa

National Research Council & Ottawa’s New Science & Technology Museum 
In this tour you will visit NRC’s Canadian Centre for Housing Technology and the Indoor Environment Research Facility as well as pre-opening sneak peak at the New Science and Technology Museum and access to their collection.
The Canadian Centre for Housing Technology 
CCHT offers manufacturers, public utilities and housing technology innovators unique real-life testing environments to validate and develop new products before full field trials in occupied houses.
The Centre is composed of:
The “Twin Test Houses” - Single detached units used to measure the real-life performance of renovation technologies and strategies using side-by-side comparison in an environment that reflects current residential houses in Canada.
The “Flex Test House”- A fully furnished multi-unit townhouse ideal for technologies requiring long-term validation.
The “Net Zero Test Townhouses” - A multi-unit residential testing facility to support R&D of net zero energy housing technologies and smart control systems.
The “Microgrid Testbed” – A flexible research platform that allows the integration of energy generation, including renewables, energy storage and energy distribution experimentation using one or several houses of the CCHT.
The “Net Zero Test Townhouses” and the “Microgrid Testbed” facilities are new facilities that we are aiming to launch this October. If the launch goes forward as planned we will be able to include them in the tour.

The Indoor Environment Research Facility 
IERF offers research opportunities to investigate the impact of building technologies on the physical conditions and human factors of indoor environments.  The facility has lighting circuits along with a dedicated HVAC system allowing the selection of light levels, temperature, flow rate/pressure, and percentage of outdoor air to be simulated and measured at full-scale by a state-of-the-art data acquisition system.
Check out the Program for more details. 

For more information, please contact Le Luong at [email protected], or by phone at (866) 494-2770  ext. 719