What Does it Mean to Build Green?
Buildings and homes that are not built for sustainability
consume more energy, resources and create greenhouse gas emissions that contribute
to negative impacts on the environment. Building green
is a process of consciously thinking about how to reduce the carbon footprint
locally and globally.
For buildings and homes to contribute to environmental
sustainability, they must be designed, constructed and used in a way that
reduces the ecological impact. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
committed to accelerating the transformation of the nation's buildings to high-performing, healthy green
buildings, homes and communities throughout the country. Canada is considered one of the global leaders in green building
with some of the most innovative and advanced buildings in the world. There are now over 1500 LEED certified projects
in Canada, and over 4500 projects registered for certification.
Apart from the obvious benefits to the environment and
the fact that building green uses fewer resources, other advantages include:
healthier air quality
Green building requires thinking differently about the
structure as an extension of the ecosystem and how improved design, construction, operation and
maintenance can help to preserve the environment for future generations.
Get Listed as a Green Architect
Canada Builds Green is a new online directory
most forward-thinking companies and organizations that provide green building
products and services and are looking to advance the green building movement. The
comprehensive database is the fastest and easiest way to locate green
architects in the industry. Becoming a member of the directory, provides a
company with international exposure to:
To be listed on the Canada Builds Green Directory,
companies, organizations or individuals can become a CaGBC member
and get a free basic listing, or purchase a public listing for a low yearly fee. Members of the CaGBC receive a free
basic listing, along with upgraded options. With
a national membership of over 1600 industry organizations involved in
designing, building and operating buildings homes and communities, the CaGBC is
the leading and most recognized authority in reducing the environmental impact
of the built environment.
It Pays to be a Member
In addition to being listed on the Canada Builds Green
Directory, there are several other advantages to becoming a CaGBC member
a CaGBC member shows a commitment to the future of green building in Canada to
the entire industry. CaGBC membership provides opportunities such as:
on education, and LEED registration and certification
- Access to exclusive market research and data, like the new CaGBC/McGraw Hill Construction Green Building in Canada Study - the first of its kind.
The CaGBC also offers several educational opportunities like
LEED exam preparation, workshops to earn and maintain your LEED credentials, and all kinds of other courses in various formats that cover all aspects of the growing green building and sustainability industry. Discounts on various green education programs are available to CaGBC members.
green is rapidly gaining in popularity as more architects, builders and homeowners
recognize its benefits. The Canada Builds Green Directory is where you can
find the greenest architects in Canada. If you are an architect
that uses sustainable building techniques, you will want your name on the list.
Building green is building smart. Sign up with the CaGBC to add your voice to
the rapidly growing green building movement and be recognized as an industry