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Can you truly be green built without green materials?


Green construction materials are increasing in demand as buildings owners and tenants request more energy efficient buildings and healthier workspaces. The LEED® green building rating system incorporates green construction materials and provides an excellent pathway to achieving healthy, energy efficient buildings.


Requirements for construction materials to contribute to credits in LEED v4, the latest version of the rating system, are the most rigorous in the history of LEED. Manufacturers wishing to remain competitive in today’s green building marketplace will require product disclosure and third-party certifications. The Canadian marketplace is responding as more and more manufacturers embrace transparency measures such as EPD, HPD, C2C, and GreenScreen, to reduce harmful environmental and health impacts of their materials, products and processes.


Green building professionals seeking green construction materials can find the latest and most innovative products at theGreen Business Showcase during the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) national conference, Building Lasting Change. Focusing on the most relevant and timely issues facing the industry, this annual conference attracts green building professionals from across Canada and around the world for 3 days of learning, networking and B2B opportunities.


As a key component of Building Lasting Change, the Green Business Showcase provides excellent business opportunities and visibility for manufacturers of green construction materials. The Showcase is an interactive trade show floor designed to engage visitors and highlight the sustainable attributes of North America’s leading green construction materials. Mingle with leading industry decision makers and take advantage of the business lounge, and B2B program.


The Product of the Year award, also presented at Building Lasting Change, recognizes a sustainable product that is designed or manufactured in Canada by a CaGBC National member. Past recipients include such innovative companies as DIRTT Environmental and LiteZone Glass. This coveted award provides specific and valued marketing support to the award winner.


Canadian manufacturers can find resources and tools on the CaGBC website, including a Manufacturer specific page. This resource outlines the impacts of green building in Canada, and the opportunities available through CaGBC membership to promote sustainable products to the Canadian green building industry.

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