Call for Volunteers for CaGBC Committees


Are you interested in making a valuable contribution to the growth of the green building movement and helping set the direction of Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) programs? The CaGBC is now accepting applications for the LEED Canada Steering Committee (LCSC), all three LEED Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), and the Zero Carbon Steering Committee (ZCSC), as well as for technical experts available on an as-needed basis as TAG Specialists. LCSC is the senior Committee providing policy, technical and market oversight of the LEED program in Canada. The TAGs provide technical guidance to the Council and focus on the LEED commercial programs. They are organized in three areas of expertise: Sites and Water, Energy and Engineering, and Materials. ZCSC is the senior committee providing policy, technical, and market oversight of the Zero Carbon Building program in Canada.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, October 24, at noon ET. Interested parties should submit their application to recruitment@cagbc.org, and indicate “Steering Committee Application”, “TAG Application” or “Zero Carbon Steering Committee” in the subject line. Please include:

  • a cover letter stating your area of interest and specifying the committee of interest (including if interested just in specialist role) and how your skill set matches those outlined herein;
  • curriculum vitae; and,
  • if appropriate, a list of LEED registered and certified projects and the role played on these projects, or projects registered under other green building rating systems.

Roles and Responsibilities

The LEED Canada Steering Committee is responsible for ensuring the identification of Canadian market needs for LEED v4/v4.1; the integration and consistency between LEED products; for development and implementation of LEED Canada documentation and guidance; and for ensuring ongoing maintenance of existing LEED products in Canada. The committee is also responsible for integration between LEED products in Canada and other products the CaGBC supports.

The TAGs perform a crucial role in ensuring that the development and administration of CaGBC products are grounded in technical and scientific considerations of the highest quality. The TAGs are charged with protecting the technical integrity of the LEED brand in Canada. The TAGs provide technical advice in the development of new products and LEED v4/v4.1 Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for Canada. They also respond to Credit Interpretation Requests (CIRs) and resolve issues arising from certification reviews; this includes LEED v4 CIRs for Canadian projects. Lastly, the TAGs are responsible for providing CaGBC’s technical review of new USGBC LEED rating system versions and providing input into other development as necessary.

There are three TAGs, with responsibilities distributed as follows:

  • Sites & Water (S&W) TAG – addresses technical issues in the Integrative Process, Location and Transportation, Sustainable Sites, and Water Efficiency credit categories, as well as all general administrative inquiries (e.g., site boundaries and compliance with the Minimum Program Requirements).

  • Materials (MR) TAG – addresses technical issues in the Materials & Resources credit category and other credits in Indoor Environmental Quality that deal with construction material such as low emitting materials, as well as acoustics, daylighting, and views.

  • Energy & Engineering (E&E) TAG – addresses technical issues in the Energy & Atmosphere and ventilation, thermal comfort, and controls in Indoor Environmental Quality credit categories.

The ZCSC is responsible for the development and application of the Zero Carbon Building Standard, as well as associated tools and guidance. The committee is also responsible for the integration between the Zero Carbon Building Program and other programs the CaGBC supports.

TAG Specialists - Technical experts who specialize in a subject and are not available for regular meetings, may wish to offer the insight of their expertise as TAG Specialists, who are available to call upon as needed. These specialists have a deep understanding of niche areas such as stormwater management, commissioning, durable buildings, etc. Note that TAG Specialists are considered non-voting members.

Member Requirements

The following is expected for all regular committee members:

  • Attendance at two-hour conference calls, held every two weeks (except for the ZCSC conference calls, which are held once a month). (Note, when no agenda items are available, meetings will be cancelled.)
  • Additional one hour of preparation time per meeting to review documentation.
  • Requirement to attend two-thirds of meetings.
  • Must be from CaGBC member organizations at the “Green Building Specialist” level; the ability to participate on CaGBC committees and affect the direction of the Council is a benefit of membership.
  • Steering Committee members are required to have at least obtained their LEED Green Associate though status as a LEED Accredited Professional with Speciality will be given preference.
  • TAG members are required to be LEED Accredited Professionals with Speciality.
  • All committee members will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement to protect the confidential information of the CaGBC, project teams, and others, as well as declare potential conflicts of interest.

Please note that the CaGBC committees operate in English.

Note that those interested in the TAG Specialist role, need only be available on call where input may be required via email or conference call, a few times per year. There is no LEED accreditation requirement for the TAG Specialist role; however, the LEED Green Associate is recommended.

General Skills

All candidates will be assessed on the knowledge and experience in their area of subject matter expertise.

TAG and LCSC members (i.e., not the TAG Specialists) will also be assessed on their knowledge of green building practices; knowledge of the LEED rating systems; length, breadth and depth of practical experience with the application of LEED; familiarity with the LEED development process; and a working knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of LEED.

TAG, LCSC, and ZCSC members must also demonstrate organizational and interpersonal skills. They should have a proven ability to collaborate with a creative multidisciplinary team of national experts, building consensus and reaching desired outcomes in an agreed-upon timeframe. 

Appointments to the TAGs, LCSC, and ZCSC will be made in order to achieve a diversity of relevant experience, professional perspectives, market and geographical representation, and gender balance.

Note that in order that the TAGs and ZCSC remain unbiased, representatives from product manufacturers and trade associations cannot be appointed.

Only one individual per Member company may be represented on a committee; however, this does not impact the TAG Specialist role.

Specific Skills Sought

LCSC members must represent a broad market perspective and a strong passion for moving the Canadian green building movement forward.  Members should be able to represent their market segment with experience and knowledge. The LEED Canada Steering Committee seeks representation from a variety of communities including consulting/design; construction/general contracting; and owners/developers from both private and public sectors. The LEED program addresses building design/construction as well as operations/maintenance, and it operates across all real estate sectors, from office to multi-unit residential, institutional and industrial. All interested candidates are welcome to apply.

TAG members must be able to contribute in a broad range of technical areas within the categories that they represent.

TAG Specialists (non-voting) - Expertise in certain subject matter areas can be a strong asset. Note that where members feel able to provide specialist expertise and are unable to respond to the broader range of LEED credits within a TAG, they can be considered for a specialist role and should note their interest in their application. These experts would only need to offer their input into their subject when requested.

Members with a broad familiarity with the Operations and Maintenance rating system are especially encouraged to apply.

ZCSC applicants will be assessed on their knowledge and experience of green building practices including design, construction and operation; carbon emissions issues including carbon accounting and regulatory/policy frameworks; the Zero Carbon Building Standard; and the development and application of green rating systems.

At this time, we are particularly interested in these specific fields of discipline, but candidates with other experience are also welcome to apply and will be considered on their merits.

Sites & Water:

  • Erosion and sedimentation control measures
  • Stormwater management
  • Light pollution reduction
  • Landscape architecture/irrigation technology
  • Planner with expertise at municipal level (and knowledge of provincial/federal related legislation)
  • Ecologist with knowledge of site assessment and related regulations
  • Sustainable building operations; including water audits, metering etc.
  • Residential projects (mid-rise and high-rise)

Materials:

  • Materials life cycle assessment (LCA) and impact categories; product category rules (PCR) and environmental product declarations (EPD)
  • Material optimization, transparency and declarations
  • Material testing, standards, and programs, such as HPD, C2C, Floorscore, SCAQMD, FSC, CSA, ISO, etc.
  • General contracting
  • Daylighting simulation
  • Construction waste management planning
  • Waste audits and waste management during building operations
  • Building durability development and implementation
  • Acoustic performance
  • Specifications writing
  • Residential projects (mid-rise and high-rise)

Energy & Engineering:

  • Commissioning (including retrocommissioning, recommissioning, envelope commissioning, and ongoing commissioning)
  • HVAC systems (designers and/or contractors)
  • In-depth experience with ASHRAE Standards 55 and 62.1
  • Owner/developer and/or property manager with HVAC or other related background
  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  • Existing building operations and maintenance
  • Residential projects (mid-rise and high-rise)

Zero Carbon Steering Committee:

  • Corporate real estate
  • Large architecture firms