Canada is recognized as a world leader in
green building and design. Canadian companies have earned a reputation in the
green building industry and have made such an impact that Canada ranks second
in the world for the number registered and certified LEED® projects.
Industry in Canada
The green building industry in Canada has
improved products and technologies to adapt to the ever changing climate we
enjoy in this country. Through the use of these products and building
practices, we are producing greener places to live, work and play. The green
building industry in Canada is presided over by the Canada Green Building
. It is through this organization that we can be sure we are
getting the most out of our green solutions.
The CaGBC oversees the certification of green buildings and projects through its LEED
program. The CaGBC holds the sole license for Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) in Canada, a international rating system that is
used to ensure that all buildings and projects that apply to be certified as green,
truly are. The standard is set out and strictly adhered to when rating
everything from water quality and usage to material and renewable resources.
With the need to have products that perform
well in our demanding and ever changing climate in Canada, there are numerous
construction products and materials that are manufactured right here for use
across the country and North America. Some of these necessary products include
high performance weather resistant doors and windows, high efficiency recycled
content insulation, low VOC paints, sealants and adhesives, advanced air and
water barriers, and green concrete to name a few.
Products in Canada
A large part of the green initiative is to
reduce waste by reusing products we already have available to us. The green
building industry in Canada has answered this call to action by developing,
using or manufacturing products that reuse construction materials. Some of
examples of this advanced production include green concrete. In this production
process, crushed concrete recovered from demolition sites, blast-furnace slag
and cinders are used reducing the production energy consumption and costs and
making a product that is far more durable than the original.
another material that is being produced in a greener manner. Traditional types
of carpeting are made from petroleum based nylon. The off-gassing of this type
of material significantly impacts the indoor air quality of homes and office
buildings. Another option to carpeting is reclaimed wood flooring. This type of
flooring is readily available in Canada. Reclaiming wood not only reduces the
stress on forests for supply, it also lessens the impact of wood being
deposited at landfill sites.
To make things easier for green building industry
professionals, their companies and their customers, the CaGBC has created the Canada Builds Green directory
. This comprehensive online directory of Canada's
foremost companies and organizations that deliver green building products and
services provides organizations with exposure to potential customers, clients,
partners, and distributors around the world.
As you can see, the green building industry in
Canada is a growing and evolving one. The importance of the lasting impact we
leave for future generations largely considered as is the impact on available
resources for generations to come. Responsible builders are green builders.