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Brandon Energy Efficiency Program
BNRC's Brandon Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) is a construction training program for individuals who have barriers to employment. BEEP seeks to improve energy and water efficiency of existing homes and also builds energy and water efficient affordable housing in Brandon and surrounding communities. BEEP crews are led by red seal carpenters and consist of trainees ranging from limited experience to apprentice level carpenters. Under the supervision of our foremen, BEEP teaches excellence in craftsmanship and produces quality, energy efficient homes.
BEEP works with Manitoba Housing to update and renovate their existing units in Brandon. Projects have included exterior retrofits, interior renovations and energy efficiency upgrading and landscaping work.
Community Health and Housing Association (CHHA)
BEEP has completed several housing units for-CHHA’s STEPP program. BEEP builds energy efficient and quality homes from the ground up so CHHA can sell them at reduced costs to first time, low income homeowners. BEEP also built a 5 plex and a 4-plex of affordable housing units for CHHA and has done several renovations on their various properties. CHHA and BEEP continue to look for new opportunities to build new houses in Brandon, adding to our affordable housing stock.
BEEP has completed other projects in Brandon and nearby communities. For example, a complete playground upgrade for a daycare, housing repairs for DOTC Housing authority and energy upgrades for those who qualify for funding under the Manitoba Hydro AEP program.
BEEP's Impact on People in Our Community
"I have gained lots of experience since I started here at BEEP. I am going to school for my GED, and working towards my apprenticeship in carpentry." - Harry Blacksmith, BEEP Tier II employee
"BEEP knew I had trouble with the law, but hired me anyway to keep me out of trouble earning a wage, learning lots about a trade I enjoy. BEEP helped me find an affordable place to live, and I like how my future looks.” - Matthew Elk, BEEP trainee
For more information on how to hire our crews, or for employment information, please contact Kristin Nickel at 204 729 2490 ext 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org