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October 28, 2014 1 Comment

Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Urbandale Centre for Home Energy Innovation

ceremonyConstruction has officially started at the Urbandale Centre for Home Energy Innovation which is being built on the Carleton University Campus.  The centre is being built to Urbandale’s home specifications and will be used to study future technologies designed to reduce the energy use in homes.  We’re really excited about this project because it has been years in the making and deepens the relationship between Urbandale and Carleton University.  We hope to be able to use some of their research to improve the designs of our homes to be even more energy efficient.

Posted by Matthew

One Response to "Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Urbandale Centre for Home Energy Innovation"

  1. Gary Martin says:

    This is a brilliant collaboration, Matthew – a fantastic experience for students. Given the trades shortage, and lifelong skills students will get from this, you are really showing commitment to both your community and to the future of housing in Canada. Looks real good on you and Urbandale!


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Matthew Sachs


  • COO of Peak Power since July 2016
  • General Manager of Urbandale Construction (May 2008 – Oct 2014)
  • Vice-Chair R-2000 Renewal Committee
  • Member of Energy Star Technical Advisory Committee
  • Greater Ottawa Homebuilders Green Committee
  • Recipient of Canadian Homebuilder’s Association 2009 R-2000 Builder of the Year Award
  • Participant in Natural Resources Canada’s Technology Roadmap for Sustainable Housing
  • Energy Consultant with Marbek Resource Consultants (Feb 2002 – May 2006)


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