Did you know that Canada is a global leader in green building with over 1 billion sq. ft. of LEED registered space across the country? Did you also know that 30 per cent of recently surveyed Canadian contractors say there is a lack of Canadian products or solutions available when trying to build green?
A recent CaGBC and Delphi report, titled Green Building in Canada: Assessing the Market Impacts & Opportunities, details the wide economic impact that the green building industry has had in Canada over the past decade. For instance, market penetration of LEED certified buildings in Canada has grown from 1.25% and 4.6% across commercial and institutional classes for the period of 2004-2009, to 22.14% and 29.96%, respectively, by 2014 - a clear indication of where the industry is headed.
The green building industry shows no signs of slowing down
When the Canadian government released its Pan-Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change in late 2016, the inclusion of green buildings as a solution to climate change plan was a watershed moment for our industry. For the first time, the federal government clearly recognized the potential of green buildings not only as a tool for emissions reduction and resiliency, but also as a driver of innovation in the new low carbon economy.
Manufacturers and suppliers wanting to take advantage of this growing market need access to education and information to establish a foothold in green building – and this is where CaGBC comes in.
Listen to this media story about the growth of the green manufacturing sector.