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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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One Eleven Grill shows off new renovations and some new menu creations

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One of Red Deer’s favourite restaurants has put some major effort into updating their space and creating some new menu items. One Eleven Grill opened its doors in 2011 with as a fresh and innovative entry into the local dining scene.

They’ve recently completed renovations and spent considerable time and effort developing some tasty new menu items. Watch the video above to get an idea of what you’re in store for next time you head down to one of the city’s finest restaurants.

About One Eleven Grill: An inviting and stylish restaurant tucked into the heart of Red Deer just waiting for you to discover or rediscover.

Opened on the first day of November in 2011, One Eleven has been thoughtfully and skillfully preparing delicious food and drinks for Central Alberta for years.

Our passion is STEAK! We are committed to quality, serving only the very best locally-owned, grass fed Alberta Triple AAA Beef in both classic and unique cuts.

Our warm, inviting ambiance is the perfect backdrop for everything from a romantic evening, a gathering with friends and family and even a quiet business lunch during the week. We even feature live jazz every Friday and Saturday. Add in one of the best selections of wine in the region, and One Eleven will set the perfect tone for your weekend.

At One Eleven we’re committed to your total satisfaction and we celebrate the people and food of Red Deer and Central Alberta every day.

For amazing food, great music and good times with family and friends, keep One Eleven in mind.

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Red Deer Chamber of Commerce accepting nominations for Business of the Year

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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 Business of the Year Awards

The Business of the Year Awards are organized by the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce and held annually in conjunction with Small Business Week.

The Business Awards are presented, in five categories, to exceptional businesses within the Red Deer area. All companies, Chamber members and non-members, are eligible for nomination for an award in their respective category.

“We have organizations doing extraordinary work in our community and far too often their accomplishments and charitable activities go unrecognized. Our entrepreneurs and businesses are incredibly humble so it gives of great pleasure to be able to recognize them” said Rick More, CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce.

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Business of the Year Awards in the following categories: 1-10 employees, 11-20 employees, 21+ employees, Young Entrepreneur and Non-Profit. Nominations can be submitted from the online nominations form. The deadline for application submission is July 26, 2019 at 4:30pm.

The Business of the Year Awards will be held on October 16, 2019 at the RDC Arts Centre & Foyer.

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a collaborative leader in building a vibrant community and fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.

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