Celebrating green building leadership and excellence
The CAGBC Awards competition recognizes members contributing to the advancement of green building in Canada. These national awards are presented annually at Building Lasting Change, Canada’s premier green building industry event.
The CAGBC Awards include:
Green Building Excellence categories for Canada’s most efficient, effective, and impactful buildings.
Green Building Leadership categories for individuals or teams contributing to the success of Canada’s green building industry.
The Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award for an inspiring student project.
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Browse the award categories below and select the one that’s right for you.
Green Building Excellence Awards
Zero Carbon Design
The Zero Carbon Design Award is presented to the team responsible for a new building that demonstrates climate leadership through innovative carbon reduction strategies and optimal building performance. Construction must have reached completion between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2022. The evaluation considers operational carbon reduction measures; efforts to reduce the building’s embodied carbon; energy efficiency; grid-friendly design measures, and innovation.
Deep Carbon Retrofit
The Deep Carbon Retrofit Award is presented to the team responsible for a deep carbon retrofit that demonstrates climate leadership through innovative carbon reduction strategies and optimal building performance. Eligible projects must have reached completion between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2022. A deep retrofit includes extensive alterations including work on the building envelope and/or the core and peripheral MEP (mechanical – electrical – plumbing). The evaluation will consider operational carbon reduction measures; efforts to reduce the embodied carbon of the retrofit; energy efficiency; grid-friendly design measures, and innovation.
New Construction (Commercial or Institutional)
The New Construction Award is presented to the team responsible for a new commercial or institutional building that demonstrates optimal environmental sustainability and occupant health and wellness. Canadian new construction projects registered for, or certified by, a recognized green building standard or rating system are eligible. This award focuses on the design stage and the choices made to achieve environmental sustainability goals as well as improve occupant health and wellness. Construction completion must have been reached between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2022. The evaluation will consider GHG and energy-reduction features; occupant health and wellness; water conservation measures; material selection; site selection and development; and innovation.
The Inspiring Home Award is presented to the team responsible for outstanding achievement in a Canadian residential project. This award is for high-performing, sustainable single-family homes, duplexes, townhomes, or multi-family buildings. The winning project provides a healthy living environment, contributes to the betterment of the surrounding community, demonstrates a commitment to sustainability, and addresses social equity issues such as affordability and accessibility. This award is open to newly constructed residential projects completed between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2022. Canadian new construction projects registered for, or certified by, a recognized green building standard or rating system are eligible. The evaluation will consider GHG and energy reduction; occupant health and wellness; water conservation; material selection; and overall commitment to sustainability.
Green Building Champion Award
The Green Building Champion Award recognizes a deserving individual for exceptional achievement in initiatives that advocate for CAGBC’s core interests, programs, and priorities. Initiatives may include work related to commercial enterprise, public interest programs, policies, education, or advocacy that further advance sustainability in Canada. Applicants must clearly display exceptional achievement in advocating for sustainable green buildings within their area of expertise.
Green Building Visionary Award
The Green Building Visionary Award recognizes an organization with an innovative approach to advancing green building technology, products, capacity building, policy, design, or operations. As a result, the industry, their competitors, customers, and employees are pushed towards continuous improvement, helping CAGBC achieve its mission. Nominees will be known for innovative work and for inspiring the industry. Evaluations will consider vision and innovation; success factors; commitment to sustainability; and impact on industry, employees, competitors, and customers.
Emerging Green Leader Award
The Emerging Green Leader Award recognizes a deserving student or young professional who has made a significant contribution to advocating for, educating, or practicing green building and/or community development. This individual is recognized as a leader among their peers with a strong commitment to green building, the environment, and making positive change. Evaluations will consider demonstrated peer leadership; potential for leadership; and commitment to sustainability. This award is presented to an individual who is either an individual member of CAGBC or an employee of a corporate member company, and either a full-time student or 30 years of age or younger, or have worked in the green building sector for under five years.
Government Leadership Award
The Government Leadership Award recognizes a deserving individual, team, department, or organization that has developed policies and/or programs to advance green building in Canada. The recipient has shown leadership in the public sector to effect change, improve performance, and advance sustainable building practices, such as the adoption of green building standards or the implementation of an innovative and sustainable infrastructure project. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how the office or department adopted a policy for greening buildings; explain any green building policies or programs developed; and/or show how they demonstrated leadership by setting ambitious green building goals for other departments or governments to follow.
Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award
The Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award is presented in memory of Andy Kesteloo, a visionary green building advocate who shared his commitment for a sustainable earth with humour, insight and passion. The award recognizes a student project that demonstrates leadership, innovation, and a creative vision for the future of sustainable design in the field of green building and communities. We’ll announce updates here.
How it works
The awards are open to corporate and individual CAGBC members in good standing. Nominations run for a set period of time, and must be submitted online. A panel of judges review submissions to determine the winning nominee.
The 2023 nomination period begins January 16 and runs to March 24.
All submissions will be reviewed by a curated committee of reviewers in April and May.
Winners will be notified early in May.
Awards are presented at the Building Lasting Change Gala in Vancouver, this June.
- have made a significant contribution to the CAGBC vision and mission;
- have demonstrated success in advancing green building and/or sustainable communities, policies and practices in Canada;
- exemplify leadership and commitment to sustainability and actively advocate for and/or are involved in improving current practices and approaches;
- are not current members of the CAGBC Board of Directors and/or have not been on the Board after January 1, 2021;
- are not current paid staff member at CAGBC and/or have not been a paid staff member after January 1, 2021;
- can be repeat applicants but not award recipients from previous years. *
Applies to past winners of the Green Building Champion, Emerging Green Leader, Government Leadership, and Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Awards.
CAGBC Award winners are recognized nationally for their achievements:
Award winners are announced via a news release distributed to CAGBC’s growing network.
In-person award presentations
Awards will be presented during the Gala at Building Lasting Change, CAGBC’s national conference, held in June in Vancouver, BC. Winners will receive a complementary pass to the conference (exclusive of travel and accommodations).
Leadership Award recipients
All Leadership category winners are featured in a special series of in-depth Q&A interviews facilitated by the award sponsor. These interviews are shared with CAGBC’s network.
Green Building Excellence Award recipients
All Green Building Excellence winners will have the opportunity to host a virtual webinar, facilitated by the award sponsor. This special event series runs through the fall.
Winners will receive a beautiful trophy (one per award).