Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Initiative call for pilots now open

OTTAWA, ON – January 23, 2017 – Today, the Canada Green Building Council® (CaGBC) launched a call for Canadian projects to participate in a two-year immersion program for developers and designers undertaking near-net zero developments in new or existing buildings across Canada. The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday, February 20. Chosen pilots will play a leadership role as first-to-market projects for verification under CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard set to launch in mid-2017.

The pilot program is the second stage of the broader CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative, which champions the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings. CaGBC’s Initiative also supports the Canadian federal government’s targets of a 30 per cent reduction of GHG emissions by 2030. The results of this pilot will assist CaGBC in identifying opportunities to refine its Zero Carbon Standard prior to it being released.

Up to 10 projects from across the country will be accepted to participate in this program, which is focused on new and existing buildings over 25,000 sq. ft., with considerations for various project types including offices, multi-unit residential buildings, schools and libraries, as well as other large buildings. Pilots must represent an approved project with the intention to design and/or develop a near net zero project over the next two years, and who are willing to evaluate their projects using the five key components from the CaGBC Zero Carbon Framework.

“With the Zero Carbon Initiative, we are demonstrating our commitment to advancing low carbon building design and retrofit in Canada. This Pilot Program is specifically designed to recognize excellence and leadership in the field, and continue to drive innovation in the Canadian green building industry.” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC. “We know that zero carbon buildings are a crucial component in getting to Canada’s climate change targets by 2030 and in transitioning to a low carbon economy to the benefit of future generations of Canadians.”

New projects will join Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation which, as previously announced, is CaGBC’s first pilot and aims to be a carbon-free, environmental leader to students, staff and partners.

Pilot projects will have access to four CaGBC technical expert sessions (two per year), receive proactive promotion as leaders in the industry, and have an opportunity to participate as a highlighted case study at the CaGBC Zero Carbon Summit on May 30, 2017, which makes up a part of Building Lasting Change, the CaGBC National Conference. To see a full list of requirements and benefits, visit CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Pilot page now.

To indicate interest to participate as a pilot project are asked to email Sundeep Virdi, Manager of Advocacy and Policy ( before February 20, 2017 at 5pm PST, with a short description of their project. They will be contacted to speak and discuss the opportunity by March 6. Due to limited space, we encourage interested parties to reach out to the CaGBC as soon as possible.


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The CaGBC ( is the leading national organization dedicated to advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. As the voice of green building in Canada, we work closely with our national and chapter members in an effort to make every building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through project certification, advocacy and research, and has helped meet the demand for skilled workers by providing green building education to over 20,000 professionals across the country since 2002. CaGBC is the license holder of the LEED green building rating system in Canada and is developing the country’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard, supports the WELL Building Standard and GRESB in Canada, and oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools. We are also a member of the World Green Building Council supporting international efforts to reduce environmental impacts from the built environment.