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Supporting Canada’s green building sector

Zero carbon buildings are critical to reducing Canada’s emissions and meeting the country’s 2050 climate targets. Just starting with Canada’s large buildings, including more than 100,000 institutional, commercial, and industrial buildings over 25,000 sq. ft. and over 1.2 million residential units in buildings over five storeys, we can reduce emissions by up to 21.2 million tonnes of CO2e by 2030.

Building and retrofitting to that scale requires a highly trained workforce working on design to construction and building operations. To help the sector prepare for this low-carbon future, CAGBC has produced reports examining current skills and education gaps. The insights from these reports are helping shape how the sector will upskill existing workers and train new ones. 

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Equipping Ontario Trades with the Skills of the Future

An action plan for closing the low-carbon building skills gap in Ontario’s construction industry. 

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Upskilling for Engineers, Architects, and Renewable Energy Specialists

Defines the core competencies and sub-competencies needed to support zero-carbon building, specifically among engineers, architects, and renewable energy specialists. 

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How Alberta’s Trades Can Build a Zero Carbon Future

Explores what zero-carbon skills Alberta’s construction trades need and how the workforce can upskill to design, construct, and retrofit zero-carbon buildings at scale.

Fast-track the workforce of the future.


Canadian billing requests for LEED Recertification now in Arc

Canadian projects attempting a LEED v4.1 O+M Recertification can now submit for certification…
September 20, 2023

Path to Zero

While there is a full spectrum of sustainability within green building, in this…
September 19, 2023

The lead-up to LEED v5

It’s an exciting time for LEED users – the first drafts of LEED…
September 14, 2023

Call for Volunteers – CAGBC Launching New Committees to Support Green Building Movement

Are you interested in making a valuable contribution to the growth of the…
September 14, 2023


Full Disclosure: Real Estate’s Climate Leadership in action

In the absence of consistent requirements and support for building performance data disclosure…
October 26, 2022

Green Retrofit Economy Study

CAGBC and the Delphi Group‘s new study, Green Retrofit Economy Study profiles key…
June 2, 2022

Embodied Carbon: A primer for buildings in Canada

This document provides the building sector with the information needed to understand embodied…
March 23, 2022

Canada’s Green Building Engine

Market Impact and Opportunities in a Critical Decade CAGBC’s report, Canada’s Green Building Engine captures…
March 8, 2022