Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure (CARSI)

Red River College Polytechnic (Red River College of Applied Arts Science and Technology), Winnipeg, Manitoba
What the facility does

Research and development in advanced sustainable infrastructure, green buildings and building envelopes.

Areas of expertise

The CARSI facility is the first dedicated research lab at a college in Manitoba. CARSI is focused on the research and development of sustainable infrastructure technologies, with an overall aim of lessening the impact of civil infrastructure and buildings on our natural environment. CARSI supports initiatives to utilize recycled materials in infrastructure, and to improve the life cycle of structures. It also advances the green building industry by initiating research projects to improve the energy performance of buildings, particularly in cold climates.  The equipment available in CARSI supports structural, building envelope, and materials research (concrete, building envelope, and asphalt) activities.Red River College’s new Building Envelope Technology Access Centre will be operating out of the CARSI facility.

Research services

Structural testing, Building envelope testing, Air leakage testing, Infrared thermography, Environmental chamber testing, Materials thermal testing, Concrete and asphalt properties testing, Non-destructive testing

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Clean technology
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Policy and governance
Dual Environmental ChambersSide-by-side chamber configuration with common wall and removable section for building component or material research; independently controlled chambers
MTS Structural EquipmentStructural dynamic test system, compression and tension structural testing; static and low-cycle fatigue testing
Removable Wall SectionRemovable exterior wall section incorporated into CARSI building that utilizes actual climatic conditions for thermal and lighting properties testing
Strong FloorTesting of large structural members
Neubrex NBX-6040Non-destructive structural temperature and strain-sensing system
Weather Stations (2)Gathers localized climatic data as needed for research projects
Retrotec Blower Door FansFull system for conducting large building air leakage tests
Infrared CameraThermal analysis of buildings
Video BoroscopeWall inspections and investigating anomalies in building envelope
Air, water and structural test chamberWall assembly testing for air and water leakage, and structural deflection under simulated wind loads
Infrared cameraCamera for infrared thermography applications in buildings, particularly for building envelopes
Portable Smart-LabPortable lab for testing of air leakage in windows and doors
  • SMT Research
  • Vector Construction
  • Antex Western
  • Proskiw Engineering
  • Southern Comfort Mechanical
  • Cornerstone Housing Corporation
  • Solar Solutions
  • Manitoba Hydro
  • University of Composites Innovation Centre
  • National Research Council
  • Industrial Research Assistance Program
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
CFI Building Smarts – i2eye with Red River College and Manitoba Hydro.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwnOzr3ZQj0&feature=player_embedded
Red River College exploring air leakage in Manitoba buildings.http://blogs.rrc.ca/ar/2012/11/red-river-college-exploring-air-leakage-in-manitoba-buildings/
AR&C installs energy monitors on new building.http://blogs.rrc.ca/ar/2012/05/arc-installs-energy-monitors-on-new-building/
Architectural Engineering/Technology students present applied research projects.http://blogs.rrc.ca/ar/2012/04/architectural-engineeringtechnology-students-present-applied-researc…
Red River College hosts 2nd Air Barrier Rodeo Workshop.http://blogs.rrc.ca/ar/2012/01/red-river-college-hosts-2nd-air-barrier-rodeo-workshop/
BETAC Picks up where SITRG left off.http://blogs.rrc.ca/ar/2015/10/betac-picking-up-where-sitrg-left-off/