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Summer Update – Week 1

Fin and Laura at ThermalWiseOur summer job with Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps started with a three-day training camp at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. At this training camp, we received Emergency First Aid certification, had an overview of OH&S and WHMIS. The event was a lot of fun and involved all kinds of team building exercises.  We also had a presentation from Lil MacPherson, owner of the local organic restaurant The Wooden Monkey, on Climate Change. She was very passionate about this issue and spoke lots on how local and organic food and supporting your local farmer is helping reduce Climate Change. We also had the chance to meet other NSYCC crew members working on interesting environmental projects across Nova Scotia. One group is documenting the construction of the Pilikan building, a green building in Middleton, NS, so we hope to collaborate with them and feature the building on our website.

After training camp was our first day in the ThermalWise office. The two NSYCC crew members that worked on the Green Building Website last summer were very organized in documenting their files, which was convenient for us! So far we have been reviewing the database to update information so that it is current. We finished going through the green buildings products so far. We have also brainstormed about some ideas to add to the website.

Jordan has been teaching us about LEED as we go and this job has been very educational so far. LEED is the only national 3rd party certification for homes and is fast becoming the standard for new commercial buildings.

Over the course of the summer, we will be performing site visits to green buildings. We plan to improve the project profiles section on the website with videos featuring an interview with the project manager, pictures from the site and an audio walking tour of the building. We would like to find green residential buildings to showcase, which is more applicable and realistic to homeowners looking to build green than green commercial buildings.  We would also like to add more project profiles from all the Atlantic Provinces and not just Nova Scotia. This task may be challenging but we do have a ThermalWise co-worker in Newfoundland that will be able to conduct interviews in that province. We developed a preliminary list of buildings we would like to profile, and will be contacting them by telephone initially. We are looking forward to this summer with ThermalWise and contributing to improving the green building website!

Fin & Laura