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Ontario homebuilder to construct Canada’s first net-zero office building

February 14, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Markham, Ont.-based Howland Green Homes announced plans to construct the first net positive (net-zero) energy office building in Canada. A net-zero building generates its own energy needs through renewable on-site or remote power generation. The Howland Green Business Centre will

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Low carbon fuel study to be conducted at Lafarge Canada cement plant

January 11, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A $1 million study on the environmental benefits of low carbon fuels will be conducted at a Lafarge Canada cement plant in Exshaw, Alta. The study is in partnership with the University of Calgary, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and

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EllisDon in partnership with U of T acquires $2.4M in funding for Carbon Accounting Tool

January 9, 2018 EllisDon

EllisDon, in partnership with the University of Toronto, has successfully secured a $2.4-million grant through the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D program to develop a Carbon Accounting Tool. The program is supported by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences

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2018 forecast: green infrastructure sprouting up

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

With scientists forecasting increasingly turbulent weather, builders developers and governments can expect heightened pressure in 2018 to green their infrastructure. The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, for instance, is developing new measures for stormwater run-off volume control. “It

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Lafarge files application for industrial approval

November 29, 2017 Government of Nova Scotia

Lafarge Canada Inc. has filed an application for an industrial approval to use tires as a low-carbon fuel. The project is a one-year pilot for one of the company’s kilns in Brookfield, Colchester Co. It requires both an environmental assessment

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Bauma selects Canada as official partner country for 2019 show

November 21, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Bauma, the world’s largest trade show for the international construction machinery, mining equipment, and building material machinery sectors, has named Canada as its official partner country for the April 2019 show. According to organizers Canada was chosen to “reflect the

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CaGBC helps kickstart Canada’s low-carbon economy with opening of Zero Carbon Building Program registration

October 31, 2017 CaGBC

OTTAWA, ON – Today, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is opening public registration for Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Program, which provides third-party verification of compliance for zero carbon design and performance. This world-class Standard positions Canada as

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Lethbridge College opens Trades Innovation Centre

September 28, 2017 On-Site Magazine

TORONTO – A greatly expanded trades and technologies centre opened Sept. 29 at Lethbridge College. At close to 170,000 square feet, the new facility designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects in association with Sahuri + Partners is one of the largest

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CaGBC announces Greenest School in Canada winner

September 27, 2017 CaGBC

Ottawa, ON – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools announced today that Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the winner of the annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition. Located in

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Boehmers uses captured CO2 to make stronger concrete blocks

September 7, 2017 Nate Hendley

Boehmers is a concrete block producer in Cambridge, Ont. with a new, carbon-dioxide (CO2) infused product said to be great for the environment and superior to traditional concrete blocks. The company has been selling the Carboclave block, as the product

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Carbon pricing alone can’t meet Canada’s GHG emission reduction targets

September 6, 2017 Conference Board of Canada  

OTTAWA – Carbon pricing will help Canada reduce emissions but the reductions will fall short of the government’s goal of a 30 per cent reduction from 2005 levels by 2030, according to a joint report by The Conference Board of Canada and The Canadian Academy of Engineering. Trillions of

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Canada’s existing buildings hold key to climate targets

September 5, 2017 Pembina Institute

VANCOUVER and TORONTO — Governments at all levels in Canada are moving toward requiring new homes and buildings to be constructed to low-carbon, ultra energy-efficient standards by 2030. But Canada still lacks a comprehensive strategy to achieve the significant reductions

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Report: Meeting Canada’s climate change goals will create a boom in construction jobs

August 17, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

The Columbia Institute released a landmark study: Jobs for Tomorrow – Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions. Commissioned by Canada’s Building Trades Unions, this study explores the historic role of Canada’s construction industry and potential for low-carbon economy job growth as

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Canada leads with more than 100 LEED v4 registrations

August 1, 2017 CaGBC

OTTAWA, ON  – The Canadian green building movement is at the forefront of the global green building industry, with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announcing today that the country has now surpassed 100 LEED v4 registrations, representing over 681,000

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Ontario’s first tall wood institutional building is to be constructed on the George Brown College campus

July 27, 2017 George Brown College

TORONTO – Continuing its leadership in the evolution of green and sustainable building methods, George Brown College plans to construct the province’s first Tall Wood institutional building. The planned 12-storey, carbon neutral facility will be home to a Tall Wood Building Research Institute.

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VIDEO: RDH senior building science specialist John Straube on the thermal performance of buildings

July 25, 2017 RDH Building Science Laboratories

In a series of three short videos, RDH principal and senior building science specialist John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng., talks about the key early design decisions that drive energy performance, the paths to code compliance, and the impact of thermal bridging

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Government of Canada invests in Nova Scotia’s clean technology sector

July 4, 2017 Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 

OTTAWA – Canadians will benefit from a new innovation that reduces carbon dioxide emissions, conserves fresh water and leads to greener buildings as a result of a $510,000 investment by the Government of Canada. This investment will foster innovation in carbon

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PCA supports campaign to complete BC’s Site C Clean Energy Dam

June 9, 2017 Progressive Contractors Association of Canada

Vancouver – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) is advocating for the completion of BC Hydro’s Site C Clean Energy dam. “There’s just too much at stake not to finish what was started,” said Paul de Jong, president of

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CaGBC honours Canada’s green building leaders at 2017 Leadership Awards

June 1, 2017 CaGBC

VANCOUVER, BC  – Canada’s green building projects and innovators were in the spotlight at the Vancouver Convention Centre last night, as the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) honoured the 2017 Leadership Award recipients as a part of Building Lasting Change,

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Canada Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. announce partnership

May 31, 2017 CaGBC

Vancouver, B.C. and Washington D.C – Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) have signed an agreement in principle to form a Canadian joint venture called Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada), with final terms anticipated