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University College of The North Greenhouse

University College of the North is operating a near-net-zero energy greenhouse on The Pas campus.


The construction of the greenhouse began in 2020 in partnership with the Composites Innovations Centre with the primary purpose of strengthening food sovereignty, community health and student learning opportunities within northern communities.


The near-net-zero facility uses Biofibre blocks as the main heat reservoir. The blocks absorb light energy and heat the building with minimal energy input. The Biofibre blocks are built based on a Canadian design and are made from Canadian sourced hemp. The blocks are designed to capitalize on heat retention and allows year-round production.


The greenhouse helps to study exploration of growing produce north of the 53rd parallel. If successful, this type of greenhouse building will be tested further north. Project participants hope to address food sovereignty in northern Manitoba communities.

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