a safer, cleaner, greener world
is everyone's responsibility and those who are in a
position to affect how this society grows are on the front lines of control.
The earth has been badly damaged due to our carelessness over the last several
hundred years but luckily there is still time to reverse this course of action
and begin implementing solutions which will reverse the unpleasant course and
transform the planet back to its former glory.
In addition to building energy efficient buildings we can improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings. By addressing whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues, recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs and systems upgrades building owners can maximize operational efficiency and minimize environmental impact. Increasing
your building's energy performance isn't just about the latest technology, but
also about the types of materials used in its construction and how we go about
building in general.
There are many tools and services available for measuring energy and
water consumption. Ongoing performance measurement and reporting of
energy and water use is an integral part of LEED® EB:O&M (Existing Building: Operations and Management). Since its
launch in 2010, LEED EB:O&M has been rapidly adopted and is
successfully transforming the commercial office sector with a total of
349 registered and certified buildings across Canada, representing over
18 million square meters.
recycled materials for example cuts down considerably on your carbon footprint
as they do not require nearly as much fuel to repurpose as it would take to
create brand new supplies. This reduces emissions in the air as well as a cost
to the builder. Utilizing modern sealants and energy efficient windows is
another classic example of ways to save money on electricity costs and also add
value to a building which is being created for someone else.
Taking care to improve the tenant experience is another way to improve energy efficiency and performance. Office space within new or existing buildings can undergo enhancements or transformations that create high performing interior spaces that are healthy, productive places to work and are less costly to operate and maintain.
Become a Green Leader
Canada Green Building Council is the country's leader in environmentally safe building practices
and is rapidly expanding. Offering
courses, workshops, and instruction seminars in all manner of green
construction, they are a premier membership club for those looking to create a
greener future within their products and business. But they much more than just
an educational institute, they are the definitive council for environmental
creation in Canada. Through a membership with the CaGBC companies have the
ability to network amongst one another, sharing ideas and industry
developments, and involving themselves in friendly competitions to bring down
energy costs and raise the value of their green projects.
Protecting the planet and ensuring a healthier
future is the responsibility of all of us. While many of us do our part by
taking the necessary step inside our space, it is the builder and owner who wield
control of the creation process and ultimately set the user up for
environmental failure or ecological success!