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
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