Advocacy: to change “what is” into “what should be”


Sustainable Building Manitoba was key in calling for the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba to establish Green Building Policies.  These Policies continue to guide decision makers in their sustainable building pursuits.

Our board and membership consists of experts with professional experience in diverse fields.  SBM has had members on the Province’s Expert Advisory Council to implement Manitoba’s Climate Change and Green Economy Action Plan and the the City’s Our Winnipeg Advisory Committee.

We are nimble community that can respond to the evolving needs of the building community to advocate for and educate about the future we are all trying to build.

An example of where Sustainable Building Manitoba advocacy efforts have made a difference is with the content of Manitoba’s Climate Change and Green Economy Action Plan.This Plan outlines Manitoba’s strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time growing our economy.  The Plan contains many initiatives that Sustainable Building Manitoba had advanced to the government for inclusion.

The Plan outlines 18 sustainable building related initiatives that include;

  1. Enhanced demand-side management targets for electricity and natural gas.
  2. Higher standards for energy using products.
  3. Geothermal and solar thermal grants to be offered in areas with natural gas service and applicable to all customer types.
  4. PAYS (the Manitoba Hydro on bill financing program) will be expanded to include more devices such as HRVs.
  5. Solar PV will be eligible for PAYS and there will be several demonstration projects put in place.
  6. There will be a program to increase the uptake of green heat options including solar thermal, geothermal and biomass.
  7. Establish a Renewable Heat Standard that would set a target for green heating equipment in buildings.
  8. Establishing a 5 year – $5 million fund for local climate change projects.
  9. Expand the Green Building Policy to include government funded housing developments.
  10. Conduct energy retrofits of government buildings with the operational savings being reinvested in future projects.
  11. “Manitoba will further incorporate climate decision support tools into components of design, construction, maintenance or operation of government buildings, through collaborative partnerships, case studies and capacity building activities”
  12. Better urban planning of neighbourhoods to encourage transit use, walking and bicycling.  It is referred to “Climate Smart Growth”.
  13. Manitoba will start a building use energy intensity and water use intensity benchmarking program by 2019.
  14. The Green Energy Equipment Tax Credit will continue.
  15. New buildings and major renovations will be fitted with electric vehicle charging stations.
  16. The building code will be amended to allow for up to six story buildings of wood frame construction.
  17. Updated building codes to capture GHG reductions and other efficiencies using lessons learned from LEED, Smart Way and ENVISION.
  18. Assess best practices and lessons learned in improving the resiliency of infrastructure to a changing climate.

We continue to work with a wide array of stakeholders to build towards a sustainable Manitoba.

Do you have a suggestion as to an advocacy position that Sustainable Building Manitoba can advance?  Contact us.

Thank you for your interest in a sustainably built Manitoba.  Please join us! 
We have a better chance of succeeding with your involvement.

Next SBM Event

May 26, 2021
  • Mix & Mingle with a side of business

    May 26, 2021  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

    Join SBM for a mix and mingle on Gather.Town and a side of business for our AGM on Zoom.The Manitoba chapter of CaGBC was incorporated 15 years ago, the organization which would become Sustainable Building Manitoba. Celebrate 15 years of green building advocacy and community building with us!
    Please join us on Wednesday May 26th at 4:30 PM and please register in advance, so that we can confirm that we have quorum.
    Enter through the Gather.Town space and say a quick hello to friends and colleagues it has been far too long since you have seen. Walk over to the AGM room and join Zoom for the AGM.
    Enjoy a charcuterie board and wine ordered locally from DeLuca’s or whatever snacks and drink you prefer from home.
    In Zoom we will run through our AGM business. This normally takes less than 30 minutes and is a great chance to meet our board of directors.
    After the meeting, walk around Gather.Town for the chance to chat with them and other attendees. Here, you can opt in to join facilitated discussions related to SBM’s objectives and help set our work on a path that reflects the views of the sustainable building community. Or you just keep catching up with folks you have not gotten to mingle with for far too long.
    Please note, that some firewalls do prevent Gather.Town from working, hence our using Zoom for the AGM portion. Gather.Town works best on Chrome and if you are using a tablet or phone your camera may not work.
    Our AGM is open to anyone, but only members have voting rights.
    Become an SBM Member to help build a stronger Sustainable Building Community in Manitoba
    To enhance the experience, choose to indulge in a beautiful charcuterie box from DeLuca's in Winnipeg.
    Enhance your night with a charcuterie box sourced locally from De Luca’s, . Each box comes with an assortment of meats and cheeses, crackers, olives, nuts, and fresh fruit. The meat version will include Prosciutto, calabrese and genoa with brie, parmesan Padano, and white cheddar cheese. The vegetarian box will feature more cheese, specifically brie, parmesan Padano, white cheddar, gouda and swiss.
    Your choice of red or white wine selected specifically to pair with the contents of the box.
    Save by picking up yourself. Delivery only available in Winnipeg.
    Orders must be submitted before May 18th.
    Add on –
    De Luca’s cheese & charcutier box ----------- $30.00 plus tax
    De Luca’s vegetarian cheese & charcutier box ----------- $30.00 plus tax
    Red Wine (750ml bottle) ……………………………………………….. $17.00 plus tax
    White Wine (750ml bottle) ……………………………………………….. $17.00 plus tax
    Delivery ------------------------------------------------------ $15.00
    Pick up will be at DeLuca’s (950 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 0R1) between 1 and 5:30 PM on Tuesday May 25th. Curbside pickup is encouraged so please park in the back and call 204-774-7617
    Delivery will be on May 25th.
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