While the CaGBC has announced the top five 2018 green building trends, three Ontario-based companies snatch awards recently at the EnerQuality Awards Gala in Vaughan, Ont. Green building is a major focus in Canada for commercial and residential structures alike, as the building industry aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and do their part to improve the environment.
The Canada Green Building Council claims the country is headed for one of the most promising years in more than 10 years with the introduction of government legislation and groundbreaking polices. Some of the top green building trends for this year include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by renovating existing buildings, transitioning to zero- or low-carbon construction and identifying areas for optimization and improvement through research and data analyzation. Additionally, the CaGBC is working toward sustainable building by incorporating green building practices that reduce pollutants and preserve natural resources.
In the meantime, the EnerQuality Awards Gala in Ontario is where three Ottawa companies received green building awards. According to reports the award for New Home Builder of the Year (Large) went to The Minto Group, while RND Construction was named the R-2000 Home Builder of the Year. Energy Star Champion of the Year award went to Tamarack Homes’ Jacqueline Collier. EnerQuality is the top certifier of energy efficient homes in Canada, whose mission is to speed innovations in housing in order to improve building performance. According to Corey McBurney, president at EnerQuality, the most important priorities are to advance energy-efficient tools and techniques in the building sector.
Sustainable building design has become a major factor for both the commercial and residential building industries as we move toward reducing energy consumption, Net Zero housing and enhancing the health of citizens while providing high quality, high performance structures and buildings throughout Canada. For 2018 and beyond, it looks as though the building industry will take a more holistic approach in an effort to reduce pollutants while preserving natural resources in the implementation of green building practices.
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