What is Green Building?

The construction of office building, businesses and homes obviously impact the environment. Not as evident as this, however, are the many factors that determine the level of impact a particular structure has on its surrounding environment.

Building materials, paint, carpeting, furniture, and type of filtration system are all choices made during the construction process. And all of these considerations ultimately affect the environmental impact your structure will have.

Considering issues such as the environment, health, and economics when building—and then making decisions and using materials that most positively address these areas make a building more “green”. By embracing green building strategies, your building can maximize its performance
and help promote a healthier working, living, and learning environment.

Who Determines If A Building Is Green?

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) accelerate the design and construction of the green building in Canada. They are a broad-based inclusive coalition of representatives from different segments of the design and building industry. The council will work to:

  • Change industry standards
  • Develop the best design practices and guidelines
  • Advocate for green buildings
  • Develop educational tools to support its members in implementing sustainable design and construction practices.