The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is zeroing in on carbon reduction with updates to its Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard. Launched on March 10, Version 2 is designed to accelerate adoption of zero carbon building practices – and help Canada meet its climate targets while spurring innovation and job growth.
Building operations currently represent 17% of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or closer to 30% when embodied carbon from construction and materials are factored in.
Version 2 draws on learnings from over 20 real-world ZCB-projects and aims to get more buildings to zero by providing more options for different design strategies and by recognizing high-quality carbon offsets when necessary.
“Zero carbon buildings represent the best opportunity for cost-effective emissions reductions today,” said CaGBC CEO and president, Thomas Mueller, in a prepared statement. “The changes we’ve made give the industry and government a clear path to show carbon leadership with positive climate action that future-proofs buildings, encourages innovation, and drives job growth.”