Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of ENBIX?

The Emissions-Neutral Buildings Information Exchange (ENBIX) is a collaborative initiative that brings industry together to share knowledge, build capacity, and support building and renovation practices across Alberta. Its goal is to accelerate the transition to an emissions-neutral built environment for new and existing buildings across Alberta. 

ENBIX is here to help building, construction, and renovation professionals interested in learning about how to significantly reduce emissions from buildings in Alberta. It brings industry, government, and academia together to provide access to programs, training, and educational resources while incubating the free and rapid sharing of innovative ideas, solutions, best practices, and lessons learned around emissions-neutral buildings.

Can ENBIX certify my building?

ENBIX is not a certification body. We offer information on certification bodies and guidance on achieving building certification within our resource library.

Can I market my product or service to ENBIX members?

ENBIX is not intended to be a venue for the marketing and sales of materials, equipment or services. 

While it is acknowledged that material, equipment, and service providers are a critical part of the zero-emissions building ecosystem, their engagement with ENBIX must contribute to the free and rapid sharing of innovative ideas, solutions, best practices and lessons learned as a number one priority over sales and marketing. 

Please connect with us via get involved to learn how you can contribute.

What are the guiding principles of ENBIX?

Visit our About Us page to learn more about our objectives and guiding principles.

Who makes the decisions about what ENBIX does?

ENBIX is an initiative led by Alberta Ecotrust Foundation. ENBIX is governed in close partnership with knowledgeable industry experts. The industry-led ENBIX Executive Advisory Committee advises on programming decisions, while the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation Board provides the not-for-profit governance and financial approvals.

The ENBIX team at Alberta Ecotrust collaborates with the industry to identify knowledge gaps and barriers that can be addressed, as well as success stories and resources to share. Our governance structure ensures that decisions are informed by industry expertise and reflect the realities of the market. 

Learn about the members of our ENBIX Executive Advisory Committee.

Is ENBIX a lobby group?

ENBIX is not a lobby group. Instead, we collaborate with groups such as policymakers to facilitate industry-specific information directly from relevant stakeholders. For example, as regulators move forward with more stringent building and energy codes in Alberta, ENBIX will provide information on what has been proven to work in Alberta.

How much does it cost to be a member?

Participation in ENBIX is free. This is an opportunity to share knowledge about how to advance emissions-neutral buildings with anyone interested in learning. We can achieve this thanks to our funding partners. Additionally, we are always seeking further support to strengthen our efforts. Visit our get involved page to learn the different ways to support ENBIX.  

Who do you work with?

ENBIX supports the whole building sector and we work with those who can help us to do that best. We work with those who share our mission to scale up work around emissions-neutral buildings in Alberta and those just starting to be curious about it. We work in a unique space where we bring together industry, academia, and government to find the best outcomes for all.

Is everything ENBIX shares a made in Alberta solution?

We welcome best practices and ideas from other jurisdictions, but we aim to bring forward solutions that are applicable in Alberta.

How does ENBIX align with the climate plans of the cities of Calgary and Edmonton?

The key policies of note from the City of Edmonton that target GHG emissions and directly impact the building industry are the Climate Resilient Policy C627 and the Community Energy Transition Strategy and Action Plan (CETS). Policy C627 drives city planning, development, and business decisions related to city-owned assets whereas the CETS is the GHG reduction strategy for the whole community.

The Calgary Climate Strategy is “pathway” based, similar to the Edmonton strategy, which allows for a phased approach that typically starts with voluntary measures before moving to the introduction of regulatory measures.

Both strategies support an information sharing, capacity-building, and skills training centre to accelerate zero emissions new buildings and retrofits for commercial and
residential buildings, in collaboration with stakeholders (e.g. industry, industry associations, businesses, skills training and employment organizations, and other labour and
non-profit organizations).

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