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UNISFÉRA kicks off sustainable housing project in Burkina Faso with AVN

12 / 27 / 2017

Canada and Burkina Faso, September 2017

The project, which started in September 2017, promotes an ancestral construction technique that relies on raw earth bricks and mortars, called Nubian Vault. This low-cost technique relies on readily available local materials and allows for the construction of buildings better adapted to climate change. The buildings also contribute to climate change mitigation. The buildings built with this method are more resilient to rainfall and extreme climate conditions while offering improved thermal comfort. The technique also contributes to reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs), notably that resulting from the production and transport of cement and corrugated iron. It also reduces deforestation resulting from timber production. Nubian Vaults have a lifecycle of 50 years, compared to 10 years for more conventional buildings built in the region.

 

 

Focused on capacity building and market creation for sustainable housing, the project is implemented by the Association Voûte Nubienne (AVN), a well-established organisation in Burkina Faso, with a view to ensuring local ownership of the project and of climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. Between now and the project’s end in 2020, it is forecast that the entrepreneurial and technical capacity of 400 masons will be enhanced so that 900 new buildings can be built.

 

The project is supported in part by the Government of Québec in the context of the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan financed by through Québec's Green Fund.

 

To learn more about the project, please contact: Andréanne Grimard, Project Director.

 

 

 

2016 UN report on water: water and jobs

03 / 22 / 2016

March 22, 2016

An estimated three out of four jobs that make up the global workforce are either heavily or moderately dependent on water. This means that water shortages and problems of access to water and sanitation could limit economic growth and job creation in the coming decades, according to a UN report. The 2016 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, Water and Jobs, also notes that half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - are employed in eight water and natural resource-dependent industries.

Produced by the World Water Assessment Programme, hosted by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water, the report is partly co-written by Marc Paquin, CEO of UNISFÉRA, and Richard Connor, UNISFÉRA’s Chief Scientist, is the Editor-in-Chief of the report.

“Water and jobs are inextricably linked on various levels, whether we look at them from an economic, environmental or social perspective. This edition of the World Water Development Report breaks new ground by addressing the pervasive relationship between water and jobs to an extent not yet seen in any other report”, said the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

Launched on World Water Day, and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the report demonstrates the key role water will play in the transition to a green economy. From its extraction to its return to the environment, via numerous uses, water is a key factor in the creation of jobs.

The document also underlines that many jobs will be created in the water sectors per se in the coming years.

The report is available in English at the following address: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/water_drives_job_creation_and_economic_growth_says_new_un_report/#.VvFTqBLhCCR

See also World Water Day 2016: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday

 

7th edition of the HEC Montréal Sustainability Challenge

03 / 17 / 2016

Montreal, March 18, 2016

The HEC Montréal MBA Student Association holds the seventh edition of the Sustainable Development Challenge. The competition invites MBA students from around the world to come up with business decisions compatible with sustainable development. Marc Paquin (UNISFÉRA) is part of the jury that will evaluate the practical solutions the teams will submit. http://hecaemba.org/en/events/sustainability-challenge-2016/

 

Sustainable Architecture

03 / 10 / 2016

Montreal, Canada, March 2016

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Novae examines the significant trends of the last decade in terms of a positive and committed economy. A new theme is covered on the 10th of each month. This month: architecture. The "carbon neutral home" certification developed by Belvedair and Planetair made the list!

https://www.novae.ca/2016/03/10-ans-de-batiments-durables/ 

 

In La Presse : Carbon Neutral Homes

03 / 08 / 2016

Montreal, Canada, March 2016

Belvedair is a general contractor committed to building affordable houses, suited to the wants and needs of its customers, and ecological. To this end, it has concluded a partnership with Planetair to develop a protocol to quantify the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) generated by the construction, usage, and end of life of houses.

The article in La Presse provides interesting additional information: http://www.lapresse.ca/maison/renovation/renovation-verte/201603/07/01-4958099-la-maison-sans-empreinte.php

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