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.
Green construction products help minimize
risk to people’s health and the environment. They are traditionally used in
green buildings that are known for their minimal environmental impacts and occupant
health benefits. A building is made of different products, and the more green
products that can be incorporated into the building, the healthier and more
energy efficient it will be.
Energy efficient green construction
products contribute to reducing the building’s GHG emissions. New and existing
buildings can use high performance HVAC systems, windows and building envelope to
reduce the energy requirements of a green building.
Striving to meet GHG reduction targets
involves many strategies, and green building has been identified as one of
these methods. Using the LEED® green building rating system provides a pathway
to a successful high performance green building, and reaching a significant
reduction in GHG emissions from the building sector.
The products that make up the walls,
flooring and furniture are also important to consider when specifying green
construction products. Humans spend 90% of their time indoors, and for those of
us who do not work and live in green office spaces and homes, means the air we
breathe is comingled with volatile organic compounds that off-gas from paint,
furniture and even our computers! Using products with safer ingredients and
eliminating harmful toxins like formaldehyde, benzene and other carcinogens
from these products significantly reduces risks to occupants.
Fortunately there is an increasing
awareness and demand for safer products, and the market has responded.
Manufacturers across Canada are now taking their products through rigorous life-cycle
assessments and testing to assure their impact on the environment and human
health is minimal. These life cycle assessments cover all phases of the
products life, from raw material sourcing to end-of-life disposal, ingredient
disclosure and their hazard level. LEED® rewards manufacturers who undergo this
transparency process, encouraging project teams to select qualified and
To support manufacturers in this changing
environment, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has developed a manufacturer
specific page with resources and tools available through CaGBC membership
to promote sustainable products to the Canadian green building industry. CaGBC
education provides a solid understanding of what project teams require and how
product can contribute to LEED v4 projects.
CaGBC members may also access LEED v4 Product
Profiles that feature green products that have contributed to a LEED v4
certified project, including products from the CaGBC Vancouver office
project. Profiles include a product
snapshot, so project teams can easily see which credits the product is eligible
The Green Business Showcase is another way
green building professionals and green product manufacturers can connect. A
valued component of the CaGBC national conference, Building Lasting Change,
this showcase hosts innovative products available in Canada, and encourages valuable
To find out more about the benefits of
green buildings, please visits www.cagbc.org/advocacy.