Canada’s most innovative green building projects join CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program

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 The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) says 16 of what it describes as Canada’s most innovative projects have been chosen to participate in a two-year pilot of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. The standard, which assesses the carbon performance of commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings in Canada, will be formally released on May 29 in Vancouver.

Spanning the length of the country from Dartmouth to Kelowna, the diversity of these 16 pilot projects demonstrates the broad applicability of the program with sizes ranging from 20,000 to 1.3 million sq. ft., representing both new and existing buildings. Project types include institutional buildings, offices, multi-unit residential, and warehouses. This elite group of projects were chosen for their ambitious environmental leadership, and potential to aggressively raise the bar for carbon emissions reduction in Canada. The experience from these projects will help refine the Standard for full market deployment.

“The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program was designed to recognize leadership excellence in Canada’s building industry, and I am pleased to say that these projects truly meet that ideal,” CaGBC president and CEO Thomas Mueller says in a statement. “We have great diversity in these pilot projects, demonstrating that zero carbon buildings are achievable in all regions across Canada. It is the combination of innovation and the broad adaptability of this Standard that will contribute to the shift to a low-carbon economy.”

The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program projects are listed below, with the exception of those who wish to remain confidential at this time. To view project profiles, renderings and other details on the pilot projects, visit cagbc.org/zerocarbonpilots.

cagbc pilot projects

Through the pilot program, participants will gain access to a group of leading professionals for advice and guidance. CaGBC will also be convening quarterly in-depth technical sessions with the pilots in order to provide networking and learning opportunities for them, as well as a platform in which to discuss the challenges and possible solutions involved in reaching net zero carbon.

The industry is encouraged to attend the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit on May 30 in Vancouver, which will discuss the new Standard in detail, along with a full stream of education content focusing on Zero Carbon Buildings at Building Lasting Change 2017, which begins the following day, May 31.

For ongoing updates about the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Initiative and Standard as it becomes available, visit cagbc.org/zerocarbon.

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