Built Green Canada announces expansion across Western Canada

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Move into Saskatchewan and Manitoba coincides with tenth anniversary

Canadian Design and Construction Report staff writer

Coinciding with Built Green Canada’s tenth anniversary, the organization announces its expansion into Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and will be operative in the New Year. This move marks the success of the organization, in large part, due to those in the residential building sector.

The expansion addresses thgrowing demand for responsible sustainability practices driven by builders, developers,government, and homeowners. Built Greens programs recognize energefficiencas a fundamental component and move beyond thito include electrical efficiency, water efficiency, indoor air quality, resource usand overall environmentaimpact.

New building code changes (9.36) coming in 2014 are expected to escalate costs for builders. “Builders can invest the dollars required to reach the new industry standards taking a prescriptive route, or they can spend the equivalent to comply with the new code and participate in our program,” says Jenifer Christenson, Built Green Canada’s executive director. “As such, our programs are complementary to the incoming standards.”

Built Greeis affordable, third-party certified and easilimplementablwith preapproved sample checklists and guides. BuilGreebuilders have a competitive advantage, showing leadership through sustainable practices, while gaining credibility with thirdparty certification—ultimately offering better built homefor homeownerto enjoy now and in the years to come.

A Built Green homeowner enjoys an efficient, environmentallfriendlhome that is healthier, more durable, comfortabland quiet, with better air quality.The home is lesexpensive to livin with lower monthloperating costs thaa home built to industry standard, and further, it enhancethe value and retention of the house.

Built Green Canada ian industry-driven organization offering programfor single family and high density projects, with a renovations and a communitieprogram under development. Theorganization is“by builders for builders”, so the programsare informed by the industrto ensure they’re robust,credible, and achievable.

Since itinception, BuiltGreehaenrolled and completed over 20,500 BuilGreecertified homes represented in Alberta, BritishColumbia and Ontarioincluding the unitin multi-storey projects, the total is over 23,500.We are leading the way in sustainability performancfor residential home construction,” the organization says in a news release.

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