Albertan Green Building and Communities: Part 2
An Interview with Godo Stoyke
In the previous post I briefly discussed green housing and communities in Alberta, specifically in Edmonton. You can catch that post here if you missed it. In this post I will further discuss Carbon Busters, an Albertan company that works on green building and community projects. To this date, Carbon Busters has saved over 26.7 million in utility costs, over 78 million kg of CO2e in greenhouse gas savings, and over 78 million kg of CO2e in greenhouse gas emissions reduction savings (impressive)!
In late August, I met up with the president of Carbon Busters, Godo Stoyke, at the company office to learn a little more about the work that Carbon Busters has done and is doing. Godo’s educational background is in botany and zoology, and he began his career teaching nature to children. In the early ‘90s he began switching his focus from biology into energy because he saw that climate change was one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. “If we don’t address climate change, it doesn’t matter how we protect habitats—it’s not going to do much good because 60% of the species could go extinct through climate change.”
From Energy Efficiency to Green Building:
Carbon Busters began with the aim of making buildings and homes more efficient. Whether it be changing living habits or installing a drain water heat recovery unit, energy efficiency is the cheapest way to make a home more sustainable. The company’s larger projects are now in green building—a way of creating infrastructure that is resource efficient by design. It’s logical addition to the Carbon Buster portfolio since one of the most environmentally taxing resources that a building will consume is energy. Godo says that “The first thing to do is make your house more efficient, then it’s much easier to meet the remaining demand with renewables.” Clearly, energy efficiency is a crucial step in effective green building.
Carbon Busters is working on three Carbon Neutral laneway houses, as well as an off grid home. Additionally they’re planning a 100% renewable powered community in the Edmonton area. The Willows Project would house about 1000 people in a low to medium density area, in a variety of detached homes, a few multifamily units, and community buildings. It sounds like an extremely innovative and exciting project for Alberta housing.
In the next, and final, post of this series I will share some insight that I gained from talking with Godo about employment with Carbon Buster. If you found this post interesting and want to learn more about the kind of people he hires and works with— I have your back! Either way, check out the Carbon Busters website for additional information and resources.