Toronto, ON – June 8, 2018 – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is pleased to announce that Cascadia Windows is the winner of the 2018 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award for their Universal Series product line. The company was on hand to receive the award at the Building Lasting Change 2018 Gala Dinner on June 7, presented by Joseph Hosey, General Manager at UL Canada, the sponsor of the Award.
Product submissions are assessed based on four key areas: sustainability, transparency and verification, innovation, and application. Cascadia’s Universal Series was chosen by the jury because of its solid construction fiberglass and long life span rated at 50+ years. They also noted that it’s a great Canadian success story – with most comparable windows coming from Europe – this is the first product line of its kind to be manufactured in Canada.
Fiberglass windows offer an 85 per cent improvement on the thermal performance of aluminum windows, which translates to a substantial reduction in heat loss through the building envelope. Studies have shown that windows have the potential to influence up to 50 per cent or more of the total energy used in buildings, making window improvements one of the easiest ways to reduce energy use and environmental impacts of buildings.
LEED certified buildings using Cascadia Windows have been located everywhere from San Diego to Nunavut, including projects directly adjacent to the ocean – demonstrating their applicability in both extreme cold and extreme hot climates.
“I’d like to congratulate Cascadia Windows on winning the 2018 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC. “Since it was founded in 2008, Cascadia has consistently pushed the boundaries of traditional manufacturing, innovating windows and doors that can improve efficiency by up to 85 per cent. Their Universal Series of solidly constructed products that have a lifespan of 50+ years are once again pushing the envelope and should make their peers take note: made-in-Canada green building products are the future of our low-carbon economy.”
The runners-up for the 2018 Green Building Product of the Year Award are:
“Cascadia Window’s team is very grateful for the fantastic acknowledgement from the CaGBC for naming our Universal Series windows and doors Product of the Year,” says Michael Blousfield, Technical Director and Operations Manager at Cascadia. “It’s a great made-in-Canada moment, and we are proud to be the first company in North America to be offering this innovative, leading-edge technology.”
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, Senior Bilingual Program & Site Manager, UL Environment
- Darryl Kasun, LEED Reviewer, Canada Green Building Council
As the winner of the Award, Cascadia Windows 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 ( www.cagbc.org) 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 40,000 professionals across the country since 2002. CaGBC established the LEED® green building rating system in Canada and developed the country’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard in 2017. It also oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools, and is a member of the World Green Building Council supporting international efforts to reduce environmental impacts from the built environment.
About Building Lasting Change
Building Lasting Change, which took place this year from June 5 to 7 the Beanfield Centre in Toronto, 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.