Education Fuels Green Building
There has been an explosion of
interest in the environmental sector in recent years, as the urgency of dealing
with climate change becomes increasingly apparent. Nowhere is this concern
greater than in the building sector. For the green builder this is a welcome challenge, but being able to stay abreast of changes in environmental
regulations, techniques and codes is not always easy.
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
has become an essential player in the field of green building education. A
national, not-for-profit organization, the CaGBC has a broadly-based membership
composed of engineers, architects, designers, developers, urban planners,
commercial real estate owners and, of course, builders. The CaGBC is a
knowledge-sharing organization, with its member base being given a platform,
both at the national level and in regional chapters, to network and organize.
Underpinning that are the CaGBC's various education initiatives.
The CaGBC advantage lies in that
connection to the green building industry and its requirements. In the 12
years since its inception, it has become a respected, independent authority on
green building. In particular, it holds the licence for LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) in Canada. LEED is an internationally accepted benchmark
for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings and is constantly evolving - in fact the latest version of LEED known as 'v4' was just released internationally and promises to set even higher benchmarks for sustainable building globally.
Canada has certified hundreds of projects and is transforming the way built
environments are designed, constructed, and operated --- from individual
buildings and homes, to entire EcoDistricts
Green with LEED is an intensive 36-hour program providing a comprehensive
overview of green building. It describes the LEED rating systems and explains
strategies available to meet LEED requirements. It is excellent preparation for
writing the LEED Green Associate exam, as well as meeting eligibility
requirements for that exam.
particular, Building Green with LEED describes:
need for a green transformation of the built environment.
LEED and describes the certification process.
concepts and strategies that can be used to meet requirements of LEED rating systems.
the LEED rating system applicable to different types of building projects.
Courses and Educational Opportunities - including content updated with LEED v4 material
CaGBC courses include LEED in Practice; LEED Canada for New Construction; LEED Green Building Strategies; LEED Green Associate study course; and an
Introduction to the LEED Green Building Rating Systems.The Living Building Challenge
is a six hour immersion in the philosophy and
practice of green building. It takes the form of in-person workshops by expert
faculty intended to expand the attendees' knowledge base. Other CaGBC
courses use interactive and incorporate multimedia, field trips, webinars, guest
speakers and case studies, and are available through the various CaGBC Chapters
across the country.
CaGBC also holds an annual conference and exposition. The annual event is the premier green building show in Canada,
and includes lectures, continuing education hours, networking opportunities and
an trade show. The latter is a large expo with close to 100 exhibitors and
displays showcasing the latest products, technologies and innovations in green
you are building an environmentally-focused career, start with the solid green
available through the CaGBC.