Kiko Water Systems Cartridges are 2017 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year

Vancouver, BC – June 1, 2017 – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is pleased to announce that Kiko Water Systems is the winner of the 2017 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award for their Water Systems Cartridges. The company was on hand to receive the award at the Building Lasting Change 2017 Gala Dinner on May 31, presented by Shyam Ramrekha, Product Manager, UL Environment, the sponsor of the Award.

Product submissions were assessed based on four key areas: sustainability, transparency and verification, innovation, and application. Kiko’s Water System Cartridges was chosen by the jury because of their ability to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions at a minimal capital expense and disruption to the owner, along with a short payback period. The product’s applicability was also noted, with the ability to be implemented in a broad spectrum of building types including new and existing buildings.

As a nanotechnology that is green and not chemical, Kiko Water Systems Cartridges makes boilers, chillers, cooling towers, heat exchangers and heat pumps all operate more efficiently. Not only are buildings with their technology installed saving an average of over 20 per cent of their HVAC energy consumption, it allows building equipment to not work as hard, which reduces maintenance costs and extends equipment lifespan. Kiko has installed their proprietary technology in hundreds of HVAC systems spanning millions of square feet, and boasts a 100 per cent success rate for reducing energy consumption. This had led to GHG emissions reductions in large commercial, residential and hotel towers since 2013.

“I’d like to congratulate Kiko Water Systems on winning the 2017 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC. “With their water systems cartridges, Kiko has designed a truly innovative green product that ties into existing building HVAC systems. Creative products like this are an example of business transforming the industry by offering not only an innovative solution for the reduction of energy consumption and carbon emission but also costs for buildings owners.”

“UL Environment is pleased to once again sponsor the CaGBC’s Green Building Product of the year competition,” says Joe Hosey, General Manager at UL Canada. “Through our continued support of this program we are recognizing innovative Canadian-made sustainable products, and supporting access to sustainable product choices.”

The runners-up for the 2017 Green Building Product of the Year Award are:

  • CarbonCure Technologies Inc. for their CarbonCure™ Concrete, a technology that recycles waste carbon dioxide to make affordable, greener concrete products.
  • Cascadia Windows Ltd. for The Cascadia Clip®, a thermal spacer made from low-conductivity fiberglass material which reduces thermal bridging, improving the effective thermal resistance of the exterior wall.

“We are honoured that Kiko Water Systems has won the CaGBC 2017 Product of the Year Award,” says Jeff Addison, Managing Director, Kiko Water Systems. “Not only did the CaGBC acknowledge the dramatic results that we have been able to achieve in HVAC energy reduction, they also recognized the importance of how we deliver our technology. Since we started, our mission has been to provide clients with an easy, effective way to reduce GHG emissions, extend equipment lifespans, lower operating costs and monitor equipment performance without disruption. By being recognized by the CaGBC, we are able to further our mission and create a more sustainable future. Thank you to CaGBC for this recognition."

The panel of judges for this year’s Product of the Year Award was:

  • Julie-Anne Chayer, Director, Business Relations, Corporate Responsibility Services at Groupe AGÉCO
  • Kevin Stelzer, Principal, B+H Architects
  • Shyam Ramrekha, Product Manager, UL Environment
  • Ryan Heays, LEED Reviewer, Canada Green Building Council

As the winner of the Award, Kiko Water Systems has the right to use a CaGBC Product of the Year crest on its marketing materials and product website. This crest is only available to the winning project, making it an exclusive signifier of a truly green product. It should be noted that no product can be pre-approved as contributing to LEED credits regardless of designation; products contribute to LEED projects on a case-by-case basis.


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About Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
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 launched the country’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard on May 29, 2017. CaGBC also supports the WELL Building Standard and GRESB in Canada, oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools, and is a member of the World Green Building Council.

About Building Lasting Change
Building Lasting Change, which took place this year from May 31 to June 1 the Vancouver Convention Centre, is the premier green building event held in Canada. Each year, the Building Lasting Change program mirrors the changes affecting the green building industry and the diversity of innovation occurring across the country. It features education sessions, a showcase floor, B2B sessions, keynote speakers and panels, and a variety of networking events.