Sustainable infrastructure is a key research area for Applied Research at Red River College. Since 2004, RRC researchers and students have worked with major local, national and international partners on projects that are helping shape the future of sustainable design in Manitoba and beyond.

Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group

With a $2.3 million grant from the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Applied Research formed the Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group in 2009. SITRG’s purpose is to conduct applied research projects that focus on improving the energy performance of large buildings. In addition to on-site testing, like 363 Broadway, this work is primarily carried out in the Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure (CARSI), a 10,000 sq. ft. research facility that opened at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus in 2007. With the advanced tools that CARSI offers and the expertise of RRC staff, faculty and students, SITRG is performing innovative research in four major areas:

  • Building envelope
  • Building performance monitoring
  • Mechanical and renewable energy systems
  • Reducing embodied energy of building materials

The video below provides a comprehensive guide to SITRG:

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is a federal government agency that supports and promotes research at postsecondary institutions. NSERC supports this mandate through grants and by encouraging Canadian businesses to invest in schools’ research initiatives. Funding from NSERC’s College and Community Innovation Program provides RRC with the resources necessary to foster innovation through applied research and grow the next generation of Canadian researchers.

Building Smarts – i2eye with Red River College & Manitoba Hydro

Ray Hoemsen, Executive Director of Research Partnerships & Innovation at Red River College, and Tom Akerstream from Manitoba Hydro discuss their private-public sector collaboration to construct the most energy efficient and sustainable office building in North America.


For more information on SITRG and Applied Research’s sustainable infrastructure initiatives, please contact:

Rob Spewak
Research Manager
Applied Research | SITRG | Red River College


SITRG Fact Sheet for Industry
SITRG Fact Sheet for Faculty and Students
Sustainable Infrastructure & Transportation Cluster Map Fact Sheet