OTTAWA — The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced the launch of registration for a new Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) program, the first in Canada.
The new standard will provide third-party verification of compliance for zero carbon design and performance, noted a CaGBC statement issued Oct. 31.
The organization explained in the statement, "In order to achieve large-scale market transformation, the standard is designed to be broadly applicable across many types of new and existing buildings, and aligns with recent and upcoming federal and provincial policies that target net zero performance."
"I am confident that the Canadian building industry is ready to lead the global shift to zero carbon by building on the extensive experience and capacity delivering LEED across the country," said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC, in the statement. "The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Standard provides the framework to guide the industry toward achieving zero carbon performance, and to making real progress in moving to a low-carbon economy."
As part of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Buildings (ZCB) Initiative, the CaGBC has been working with 16 Zero Carbon pilot projects across the country.
"The CaGBC’s new Zero Carbon Building Standard charts an innovative, bold new course for the future of buildings. Oxford is piloting the standard because it will help us meet the changing expectations of our customers and future-proof our buildings, all while doing the right thing for our community," said Andrew McAllan, head of real estate management for Oxford Properties Group, which has two projects in the ZCB pilot program.
Along with registration and pricing information, a new Zero Carbon Building Workbook is now available. The workbook helps calculate the net carbon balance of a building, provides support for advanced calculations and includes guidance to ensure that all required documentation is provided, the statement said. Energy Modelling Guidelines have also been released.