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The green building industry in Canada is growing. In a study released by the Canada Green Building Council and McGraw Hill Construction titled Canada Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market it was found that companies that invest in green buildings are seeing significant dividends on their investments, including:

  • 82% of building owners and developers reported decreases in energy consumption in their green buildings compared to similar buildings.
  • 68% of building owners and developers reported decreases in water consumption in their green buildings.
  • The median reduction in operating costs over five years for green buildings reported by the firms included in the research is 17%.
  • The median payback for the investment in a new green building is reported to be eight years, a finding consistent with paybacks on studies McGraw Hill has conducted in the U.S. and globally.

 

It's clear that the need for more sustainable building practices and healthier living environments is a driving force in the popularity of this movement. TheCanada Green Building Council is behind the growing number of industry professionals who are getting involved in the green building movement, and the development of green building solutions. Becoming a member of the CaGBC shows your clients that you are responsible, and that you care about the impact your buildings have on their health and the environment.

 

Become a Member

 

Depending on where and who you are, you will have to choose one of these membership types. They are as follows:

  • National Member - This level is for large or small companies, organizations or associations that are involved in the construction, building, or material and supply sectors. Companies can join the CaGBC as a Green Building Advocate or Green Building Specialist.  If your company cares about a greener building future, this membership is for you.
  • Chapter Member - This level is for individuals that are interested in becoming a member of their local chapter. You are interested in the green building movement, and will enjoy the many networking and learning opportunities this membership will offer. Chapters in Canada include; BC, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Greater Toronto, Ottawa Region and Atlantic. A free Chapter membership is available to each employee of a CaGBC National member company.
  • Emerging Green Builder (EGB) This membership level is with your local Chapter. Individuals that qualify for this membership must fall into one of the following categories; you are a full-time student or a former student within five years of graduation, or a person that is 30 years of age or under and you are interested in the green building industry. Get an EGB membership for free if you are an employee of a corporate member company.

 

Membership Benefits

When you become a National member, the benefits you enjoy are shared with all of the employees of your organization. Some of these benefits include a cost reduction in LEED exams and prep courses, and well as the ability to vote on various initiatives. You will have the ability to run for the CaGBC National Board as well as take part in nominating and voting in members to this board. National members also receive a free basic listing in the new Canada Builds Green online directory, and access to exclusive green building market research like the new McGraw Hill Green Building Study cited above.

 

Chapter members enjoy benefits of membership as well. Local chapter members have the opportunity to meet with local green building professionals for networking and project implementation. Chapter members also enjoy a reduced tuition rate on LEED courses,. Another benefit to being a Chapter member is the ability to run for the Chapter Board of Directors, as well as become involved in many volunteer opportunities in the green building movement. A free Chapter membership is available to each employee of a CaGBC corporate member company and this means in addition to all the Chapter specific benefits, they are also entitled to all the perks afforded to their company!

 

As you can see, becoming a member of the Canada Green Building Council has many benefits. Not only are you involved in a great organization that truly cares about the future and sustainability of the building industry, but you are letting everyone you deal with know that you care as well. Greener members, for a greener future.

 
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