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CALGARY ALBERTA - December 12th, 2015; Jeff Taylor, President of MYHEAT is photographed in his office in Kensington on December 12th, 2015 (for ) (Adrian Shellard for CREB)

Dec. 21, 2015 | Andrea Cox

Seeing red

Developing technology being used by Okotoks to reduce homes' carbon footprint

As the holiday season approaches and homes light up like Santa's workshop, energy costs will spiral to top of mind for budget-conscious homeowners.

"Certainly, energy efficiency is always on the radar, but even more so during this economy and at this time of year," said Dawn Smith, sustainability co-ordinator for the Town of Okotoks.

The good news is hope is on the way for homeowners who want to manage their energy costs thanks to ongoing research at the University of Calgary.


Dec. 11, 2015 | Cody Stuart

Foreign affair

Overseas condo ownership ramps up in Calgary

Foreign ownership is picking up in Calgary's housing market, according to a new report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp (CMHC).

Late last week, the federal housing agency noted foreign ownership in Calgary's condo apartment sector has increased from just 0.2 per cent of the total market in 2014 to 1.1 per cent in 2015.

While it's a far cry from the level of ownership seen in markets such as Vancouver and Toronto, the rise in Calgary still represents a five-fold increase.

CALGARY, AB.; Nov 19, 2015 – University of Calgary Economics Graduate Laura who wrote a thesis on how LRT’s are impacting housing prices. Photos taken at the 69th street station on the South West Line.  (Michelle Hofer/Michelle Hofer Photography) For CREB – Jamie Zachary.

Nov. 26, 2015 | Joel Schlesinger

The LRT bump

As city plans next phase, new study reveals light-rail transit has positive effect on property prices

Light-rail transit could boost the value of your home. At least that's the general finding of a new study from the University of Calgary.

According to new research obtained exclusively by CREB®Now and completed by Economics master's degree student Laura Dick, LRT line development has had a modestly positive effect on the price of housing located close to stations along new lines in Calgary.

"Properties within zero to 500 metres of a station saw, on average, an increase in sales price of about 1.5 per cent compared to properties that are 2,000 metres or more away from a station," said Dick, whose recently completed work is still to be published in an academic journal.

Bev Sandalack, associate dean (academic) with the University of Calgary's Faculty of Design, with Parkdale Community Association president Colin Brandt at the Parkdale Garden. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now

Nov. 23, 2015 | Alex Frazer Harrison

Landmark agreement

FCC, U of C join forces to support community development

A new agreement between the Federation of Calgary Communities and University of Calgary aims to offer students real-world urban-planning experience, valuable data for community planners and some certainty for homeowners.

The agreement with the university's Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) formalizes ongoing efforts to get students into the field, aiding community associations in conducting research, consulting residents and coming up with planning documents to guide future growth and redevelopment.

"This partnership is really critical from the point of view of having access to experience and skills (community associations) wouldn't otherwise have access to," said FCC president Leslie Evans, whose federation has some 150 member associations.

Colin Jackson, a member of the senate at the University of Calgary, says anchor institutions such as the upcoming National Music Centre help create the communities in which they live. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now

Nov. 13, 2015 | Joel Schlesinger

Dropping anchor

Will mega-project CalgaryNEXT be the anchor institution that breathes new life into the local landscape?

Urban planning enthusiasts call them anchor institutions – those landmark buildings in which cities are built around.

In Calgary, they dot our landscape: from the University of Calgary and Foothills Medical Centre in the northwest to Stampede Park and the Calgary Tower in the southwest — even the up-and-coming Seton mixed-use district in the southeast.

Calgary would be a very different — even lesser — place without them, says Colin Jackson, member of the senate at the University of Calgary and also chair of several arts and culture initiatives.

"A good way to think of them as anchor institutions is that they set the tone or give a feel to a neighbourhood," said Jackson, who has spoken on the subject in the past.

Could the CalgaryNEXT mega-project be next?

Francisco Alaniz Uribe, co-manager of the Urban Lab Research Group in the Univeristy of Calgary’s faculty of Environmental Design, says transit-orientated communities are one way Calgary can look to reduce its carbon footprint. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now.

Oct. 16, 2015 | Alex Frazer Harrison

The $17-trillion question

How Calgary is contributing to low-carbon living

It's a number so big, it's hard to comprehend: $17 trillion US.

According to the New Climate Economy report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, that's how much cities worldwide could realize in direct energy savings by 2050 by investing in low-carbon technologies. This includes public transportation, efficiency in building design and waste management.

Is such a target obtainable?

In 2014, the City of Calgary spent $140 million on energy, just for its own facilities, "to keep our pools warm, our street lights on and our LRTs moving," said Arsheel Hirji, leader of sustainable infrastructure with the City.

Bryan Romanesky, a former city planner and CEO of City Trend, says Currie Barracks could serve as a blueprint for the current McMahon Stadium site moving forward. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now.

Oct. 14, 2015 | Joel Schlesinger

Third and long

With the unveiling of CalgaryNEXT, the storied stadium's days may be numbered, in turn creating a rare opportunity for high-density inner-city development

CalgaryNEXT, the proposed $890-million home of the Calgary Flames and Calgary Stampeders, may mark a new chapter for the city's pro and amateur sports community.

Yet it could also spell the end of McMahon Stadium, one of Calgary's most hallowed landmarks, and create a development opportunity that many experts say is rare in a city this size.

"It's an interesting situation because it doesn't happen often that you have a large piece of land in the inner city ready to be developed," said Bryan Romanesky, a former city planner and CEO of City Trend, a planning and permit firm.

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Nov. 27, 2013 | CREBNow

University of Calgary to Create Real Estate Studies Centre

The University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business has announced a monetary donation that will allow them to create the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies.

Jay Westman, Chairman and CEO of Jayman MasterBUILT made a $5 million commitment which will be used to advance real estate studies at the University of Calgary.
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Nov. 21, 2013 | CREBNow

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