OTTAWA – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that 16 of Canada’s most innovative projects have been chosen to participate in a two-year pilot of the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard.
The standard, which assesses the carbon performance of commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings in Canada, will be formally released on May 29 in Vancouver.
Spanning the length of the country from Dartmouth to Kelowna, the diversity of these 16 pilot projects demonstrates the broad applicability of the program with sizes ranging from 20,000 to 1.3 million square feet, representing both new and existing buildings. Project types include institutional buildings, offices, multi-unit residential and warehouses.
The group of projects were chosen for their "ambitious environmental leadership, and potential to aggressively raise the bar for carbon emissions reduction in Canada," states a releae. According to the council, the experience from these projects will help refine the standard for full market deployment.
"The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program was designed to recognize leadership excellence in Canada’s building industry, and I am pleased to say that these projects truly meet that ideal. We have great diversity in these pilot projects, demonstrating that zero carbon buildings are achievable in all regions across Canada," says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC, in a statement. "It is the combination of innovation and the broad adaptability of this standard that will contribute to the shift to a low-carbon economy."
The projects include the Zero Emission Fire Hall (Vancouver), MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment (Calgary), the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority New Headquarters (Toronto) and more.
For a full list of the projects, visit: cagbc.org/zerocarbonpilots.