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 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 and the Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award for an inspiring student project.
Browse the award categories below and select the one 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, 2020, and December 31, 2021. 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, 2020, and December 31, 2021. 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, 2020, and December 31, 2021. The evaluation will consider GHG and energy-reduction features; occupant health and wellness; water conservation measures; material selection; site selection and development; and innovation.
Existing Building Operations
The Existing Building Operations Award is presented to the team responsible for a commercial or institutional building that demonstrates continuous improvement in building operation, performance, and occupant satisfaction. Canadian existing building projects registered for, or certified by, a recognized green building standard or rating system are eligible. The project should demonstrate a commitment to sustainability with good practices in several key areas. The evaluation will consider GHG and energy reduction features; occupant health and wellness; water conservation measures; commitment to sustainability; and occupant awareness and engagement.
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, 2020, and December 31, 2021. 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.
The Tenant Improvement Award is presented to the team responsible for an outstanding interior space fit-out that embraces the philosophy that high-performing green spaces can: create healthy, productive places to work; have a reduced environmental footprint; and cost less to operate and maintain. The winning project also must provide an overall positive impact on occupant wellness. Eligible projects must have been completed between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021. The evaluation will consider GHG and energy GHG reduction features; occupant health and wellness; water conservation measures; material selection; and innovation.
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 Pioneer Award
The Green Building Pioneer 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.
Inspired Educator Award
The Inspired Educator Award recognizes a deserving institution (represented by a faculty and/or individual staff member) at a post-secondary academic institution for educating learners in sustainable design, green building, operations, and/or real estate development. The recipient fosters passion and success in their students and demonstrates a desire to better educate the next generation of green building professionals. Teams, departments, organizations, or individuals may apply on behalf of the institution. Evaluations will consider how the academic institution successfully delivered sustainable design, green building, green operations, or green real estate education; and, how the post-secondary incorporated the ever-evolving green building industry into their curriculum.
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.
Ed Lim Technical Expertise Volunteer Award
The Ed Lim Technical Expertise Volunteer Award is presented to an individual who has generously dedicated considerable time and expertise in an advisory capacity to advance green building in Canada. The recipient is highly regarded as a subject matter expert, serving as a member of one (or more) of the Council’s volunteer committees. Their contributions to the planning, review, and execution of industry-specific initiatives, positively influences the productivity and effectiveness of the committee. Committees may include the Technical Advisory Groups, Steering Committees, and Building Lasting Change Program Committee. Evaluations will consider degree of expertise; demonstrated commitment and reliability; commitment to sustainability; influence on committee; and contributions to success.
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. This award has unique nomination criteria and a separate timeline. We’ll announce updates here. [note going to update this via a news article, add link when published]
Explore past CAGBC Award winners.
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.
To be confirmed in early in 2022. Please note that nominations for the Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award usually extend longer to accommodate the school year.
All submissions will be reviewed by a curated committee of reviewers in the second quarter
Winners will be notified in the spring.
The winners will be notified prior to any public announcement.
- 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, 2020;
- are not current paid staff member at CAGBC and/or have not been a paid staff member after January 1, 2020;
- can be repeat applicants but not award recipients from previous years. *
Applies to past winners of the Green Building Champion, Emerging Green Leader, Inspired Educator, Government Leadership, Ed Lim Technical Expertise Volunteer, and Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Awards.
CAGBC Award winners are recognized nationally for their achievements:
Winners are announced via a news release distributed to CAGBC’s growing network of close to 25,000 recipients.
In-person award presentations
Dependent on COVID-19 restrictions on public events and gatherings, recognition events may be held. Further information will be announced.
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 will be are shared to 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. The schedule for this special series of events will be posted here.
Winners will receive a beautiful trophy (one per award). For virtual presentations, the trophy will be shipped in advance. If an in-person ceremony is possible, the trophy will be presented at the event.