Minister Solberg Announces CMHC Housing Studies Achievement Award Winners

    OTTAWA, Nov. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for
Ottawa-Orléans, and Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development,
and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC),
today announced the five winners of CMHC's Housing Studies Achievement Award.
Five prizes of $10,000 - three at a master's level and two at a doctoral level
- were presented by Mr. Galipeau at an awards event held in Ottawa.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to recognize Canadians whose work
contributes to the understanding and advancement of quality, affordable
housing in our country. I want to congratulate this year's winners of the CMHC
Housing Studies Achievement Award," said Mr. Galipeau.
    The CMHC Housing Studies Achievement Award, presented for the first time
this year, was unveiled in 2006 in commemoration of CMHC's 60th anniversary.
The 2007 award recipients represent the future of housing research and policy
development in this country. The theses that are being recognized contribute
significantly to the understanding and advancement of housing in Canada,
whether in social, economic, design or technical aspects of housing.
    Attached is a backgrounder profiling the CMHC Housing Studies Achievement
Award winners and their work.
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     Backgrounder - 2007 CMHC Housing Studies Achievement Award Winners

    "We Are Not All the Same": The Differential Migration, Settlement
    Patterns and Housing Trajectories of Indian Bengalis and Bangladeshis in

    Sutama Ghosh,
    Doctor of Philosophy in Geography
    York University

    This study examines similarities and differences in migration, settlement
patterns, and housing trajectories by comparing two 'South Asian' immigrant
groups in Toronto -Indian Bengalis and Bangladeshis. The author contends that
the reasons people migrate, where they live within the destination city and
the characteristics of the housing they occupy are interconnected themes. This
study reveals the symbiotic relationships between these three themes. It shows
how immigrant housing experiences are often initiated even before the
household arrives in the migrant city and may continue to influence where and
how they live for many years after.

    Protocol and Assessment Tool for Performance Evaluation of Light-frame
    Building Envelopes Used in Residential Buildings

    Miljana Horvat,
    Doctor of Philosophy in Building Studies
    Concordia University

    The purpose of this thesis was to develop a protocol and an assessment
tool for evaluating the performance of wood-frame building envelopes as
integrated subsystems of entire buildings. The work was undertaken using a
holistic approach to performance evaluation which would provide a more
realistic representation of the overall performance of building envelopes.
Traditional approaches evaluate either specific components of the building
envelope and/or specific aspects of performance, such as air tightness or
thermal performance, and energy performance, which is not always sufficient to
understand how building envelopes really perform.

    Effectiveness of Energy Wheels from Transient Measurements

    Oyetope Abe,
    Master of Science
    University of Saskatchewan

    This research focuses on a new method for the transient testing and
control of air-to-air energy wheels used as energy recovery devices in
building ventilation systems. The testing of energy wheels is very important
after manufacturing to determine if they will deliver optimum performance as
designed and after they are installed and operating to see if they are still
operating to specifications. This new test method is less expensive and only
requires the use of a small simple-to-use experimental apparatus that is able
to get performance data rapidly.

    The Integration of Natural Infrastructure into Urban Design: Evaluating
    the Contribution of the Urban Forest to Neighbourhood Sustainability

    Joshua Engel-Yan,
    Master of Applied Science
    University of Toronto

    This research focuses on three key questions: (1) How do neighbourhood
design and housing construction affect the potential heating and cooling
energy savings provided by the urban forest? (2) How have these benefits
changed as approaches to housing construction and neighbourhood design have
evolved? (3) How can neighbourhoods be designed or retrofitted to maximize the
benefits provided by the urban forest?

    An Architecture of Daily Life: The Continuing Evolution of Toronto's
    Residential Fabric.

    Stephanie Vermeulen,
    Master of Architecture
    University of Waterloo

    Based on a study of housing in the Netherlands, a country that has
successfully and creatively adapted to the demands of housing in a climate of
rapid immigration and a diversifying population, this thesis proposes new,
high density urban housing typologies for the city of Toronto. This new vision
for the city adds necessary density to existing neighbourhoods, fosters a
strong community life, and provokes new ideas about urban living.

For further information:

For further information: Lesley Harmer, Director of Communications,
Office of the Honourable Monte Solberg, (819) 994-2482; Kristen Scheel, CMHC
Media Relations, (613) 748-4632; Julie Girard, CMHC Media Relations, (613)

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