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University of Manitoba Is Researching to Try to Change a Housing Problem in Nunavut

The University of Manitoba is a university that not only aims to graduate successful students but also focuses on changing and improving the quality of life for all Canadians. Recently, the University of Manitoba researchers have started a research project to help people in Nunavut get a solution to the housing problem they are facing right now.

To achieve the “Biomaterials: A pathway towards resilient architecture in Northern Canada” goal, the University of Manitoba has begun the research and planning to help with this problem “with a revolutionary plan to grow construction materials in the Northern and remote building sites.”

A registered architect at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Garcia-Holguera, has explained the plan by saying “At the BIOM_Lab we are investigating the properties of certain organisms to create new materials with optimized mechanical and hygrothermal properties, which create less waste, require less energy to manufacture, and can be produced close to construction sites, for example, we are currently developing combinations of substrates of locally produced industrial and agricultural waste inoculated with mycelium. This mycelium-based product could be used in the future for insulation, acoustic or structural purposes in our buildings.”

Many students are helping out with this research, and many people think their plan is quite worth-searching because it is not just about solving the housing problem in Nunavut. Moreover, the researchers also believe that this plan will “help grow resiliency and independence in Northern communities.” The University is asking people to get involved and help in this grand research, and Manitobans are welcome to extend a hand.


– Halla Alhamed, U Multicultural

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural.


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