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The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is a not-for-profit organization that has been working in the field of green building and sustainable community development in Canada since 2002. Its activities are diverse but tightly focused on the end goal of environmental sustainability. Providing builders, property owners and managers with the means of benchmarking the energy performance of their buildings is key to advancing its agenda. There are several ways to do that and the CaGBC can help you determine which tools and resources are best for you.
 
 
LEED® give you access to the tools you need to impact your buildings' performance

Businesses and organizations around the world use LEED to increase the efficiency of their buildings and save money, freeing up valuable resources that can be used to create new jobs, attract and retain top talent, expand operations and invest in emerging technologies. 
Ongoing  performance measurement and reporting of energy and water use is an integral part of LEED Existing Buildings:Operations & Maintenance. 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.
 
In July 2013, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) released a Canadian version of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool. Portfolio Manager is a free, interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment.
 
The importance of benchmarking energy use
 
You can't manage what you don't measure. If you don't have the means of comparing the energy use of your property to other similar properties, then it is impossible to determine how much room for improvement you have. Measuring and benchmarking energy use is, quite simply, best practice for building owners. Lighting, heating, power and cooling systems are a significant source of overall operating expenses for owners. They provide an important area for achievable reduction in expenses.
 

The CaGBC provides a host of educational opportunities, both online at the national level, as well as in eight local chapters across the country. This member-based association provided a valuable array of benefits to all members including discounts on education, registration and certification and access to an impressive network of industry stakeholders, not to mention the perks of being affiliated with such a credible association. There was a time – not so long past – when being environmentally responsible and building green was a lonely business. No longer. CaGBC is the link to a growing national network of professionals who are intent on making every building greener.
 
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