A strong voice for green building

CAGBC provides a voice for the green building sector in Canada. Our membership is made up of the people and businesses that design, construct and operate buildings. We work with our members to grow awareness of green buildings as a proven solution for emissions reductions and greater sustainability. However, to achieve the scale required to meet market demand and climate targets, we need the support of government at all levels.  

We build support by providing governments with recommendations and insights that encourage the adoption of green building policies and by implementing solutions that reduce carbon emissions from buildings. Thanks to our broad membership base and expertise, CAGBC can bring green building leaders together to advance the research, projects, and partnerships that shape Canadian policies and programs. 

Climate action

Carbon emissions from buildings are still above the 2005 level (86 MTCO2 eq in 2021), and government projections ask for a 33 MTCO2  reduction to respect Canada‘s goal of reducing GHG emissions 40 to 45% by 2030 (ECCC).  To get there faster, CAGBC is focused on large commercial and institutional buildings, representing over 40% of the sector emissions.  Over the long term, these buildings – 155,000 including new and existing – must be zero-carbon buildings to reach Canada’s climate targets. 

Policies & regulations

CAGBC advocates for greater climate ambition and the implementation of three impactful policies: the Greening Government Strategy (led by the Treasury Board Secretariat – TBS), the Green Buildings Strategy (led by Natural Resources Canada – NRCan), and the Buy Clean Strategy (co-led by TBS and NRCan). CAGBC provides technical experts and recommendations towards regulations such as buildings codes that will include GHG operational emissions in 2025 and embodied in 2030. 

Finance & incentives

Increasingly, governments are putting in place incentives to reduce GHG emissions. The federal government is working on a green taxonomy and ESG requirements will become increasingly stringent. CAGBC advises the government on various programs that could support the decarbonization of Canada’s buildings, such as the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s Building Retrofits Initiative which uses CAGBC’s IREE certification.  CAGBC also helps government implements solutions to aid market adoption of zero-carbon buildings, by encouraging the use of guidelines for transitioning planning and the extension of cleantech Investment tax credit to technologies needed for high-performance envelopes.  

Supply chain
& procurement

If zero-carbon buildings are to become the new normal, Canada must have a low-carbon supply chain that includes structural materials such as cement, wood or steel, to low-carbon interior fittings. Through the work of CAGBC’s Sustainable Materials Accelerator and discussions with partners, CAGBC recommended a grant program for SMEs seeking EPDs/LCAs for materials. CAGBC continues to advocate for the government to use its procurement powers to demand more low-carbon materials for use in public buildings.


CAGBC pre-budget submissions for the 2024 budget

Part of CAGBC’s advocacy work involves working with and informing government on the needs and…
August 1, 2023

CAGBC Feedback on the Draft Policy Framework for Climate Change Mitigation (Wave 2)

CAGBC supports the latest modifications to the policy document Follows revisions made after…
June 15, 2023

Submission to Infrastructure Canada for the Legislative Review of the Canada Infrastructure Bank Act

CAGBC made a submission to Infrastructure Canada for the Legislative Review of the…
March 31, 2023

CAGBC Feedback on Draft Policy Framework for Climate Change Mitigation

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) strongly supports incorporating operational carbon provisions in…
March 30, 2023

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CAGBC response to G7 communiqué

Ahead of the G7 Ministers’ Meeting in Sapporo last week, the CAGBC submitted…
April 19, 2023

Canada moving forward on zero-carbon buildings 

Through research and advocacy meetings, CAGBC demonstrated that decarbonizing large buildings is possible…
April 25, 2022

Carbon and climate at the forefront in 2021

CaGBC to build on last year’s successes to accelerate zero carbon transformation CaGBC’s Zero…
January 26, 2021

In consideration of setting requirements for low-carbon cement and concrete

August 14, 2020 – Recently, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) shared with…
August 17, 2020