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Rainwater Harvesting System Inventory

Posted by Rene Michalak about 8 years ago

The CANARM Prairie Chapter 2014 Fall Training Tour, led by Rene Michalak, turned out to be a valuable research and development exercise. Numerous commercial and residential rainwater harvesting systems were inventoried and promoted to increase awareness o

The CANARM Prairie Chapter 2014 Fall Training Tour, led by Rene Michalak, turned out to be a valuable research and development exercise. The training in Edmonton and Red Deer had low registration but the time was spent taking inventory of operating rainwater harvesting systems (RWHS) and meeting and conversing with key industry contacts to assess the state of rainwater harvesting in Alberta. Calgary’s workshop saw five people take the training including tours of three rainwater harvesting systems in Calgary (two residential, one commercial) and a visit to the CIPHEX West trade show at Stampede Park.

The full collection of photos of the Alberta RWHS inventory can be viewed on the CANARM Prairie Chapter facebook page.

Edmonton’s touring included the EPCOR Tower, Cooper Urban Homestead, Hole Enjoy Centre (St. Albert), and the Lois Hole Public Library.

Red Deer featured the Red Deer College’s BCTL Trades expansion, Berry Architecture Head Office, and the Michalak Urban Homestead.

And, Calgary showcased the Verge Permaculture Urban Homestead (click picture for video), Avalon Discovery 5 Home, the Calgary Water Centre, and the EchoHaven development in Rocky Ridge (NW)

Going forward into 2015, the CANARM Prairie Chapter is lining up Installer Certification training in Lethbridge and Saskatoon, and presentations to groups like the Canada Green Building Council and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association on the potential for, and progress of, rainwater harvesting for both residential and commercial roof capture systems. Additional goals are to expand our presence into Manitoba communities and to begin setting up demonstration projects in collaboration with complementary organizations / businesses and institutions.

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Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Jesse Lemieux
Other Teachers: Rob Avis, Barb Hazenveld, Ron Berezan
Location: Gull Lake, AB
Date: Aug 2009
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Teacher: Curtis Stone
Location: Red Deer, AB
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Verifying teacher: Patty Milligan
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Location: Calgary, AB
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Verifying teacher: Naresh Giangrande
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Verifying teacher: Tenneson Woolf
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Location: Lumsden, SK
Date: Sep 2011
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Verifying teacher: Jan Bloomfield
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Location: Edmonton, AB
Date: Jan 2011
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