The Canada Green Building Council
For organizations and individuals
who are committed to fostering a greener future and passionate about green
building, there is no better way to connect with, learn from and collaborate
with other like-minded green building industry professionals. The Canada Green
Building Council (CaGBC) is the
nations only member-based organization that exists purely to advance green
building in Canada. The CaGBC, established in 2002 with a mission to lead and
accelerate the adoption of green buildings, homes and communities throughout
Canada, offers many benefits to both organizations and individuals.
The primary goals of the CaGBC
best design practices and guidelines;
for green buildings both at home and abroad; and
educational tools to support its members in implementing sustainable
design and construction practices.
Obviously, many of these
objectives will benefit all organizations that see green building as the way to
a sustainable future. But many of the activities of the organization may also
have specific benefits for your company, government, or neighborhood.
Advantages of CaGBC Membership
There are three categories of
membership for individuals in one of the CaGBC’s regional Chapters where you
can build your network and contribute to change at the grass roots level.
Building Specialist for companies and organizations that benefit from and use the
LEED rating system in their day to day business.
Building Advocate for companies and organizations who want to demonstrate their
commitment to sustainability and green building.
Green Builders (EGBs): If you are a full-time student, a new professional less
than five years from graduation, or under the age of 30, you are the future of
green building! CaGBC recognizes this by providing membership benefits in your
local chapter at a reduced rate. The networking and educational programs
available to you through the Canada Green Building Council will be invaluable
of a CaGBC membership for individuals and organizations are numerous, and range from
participation in shaping industry standards to helping to plan the
organization's annual national conference to monetary savings on various educational offerings, as well as discounts on project registration and
As members, you and your company will also have access to the most up-to-date
information on green innovations, programs and LEED rating system information,
and you will have access to the CaGBC membership list. Your company or
organization will be listed in the Canada Builds Green Directory, giving you exposure and recognition for
your green principles. Membership also gives you the right to run for the board
of CaGBC, and to help to steer the future of green building in Canada. Corporate membership rates are based on the nature and size of your
premium information not available anywhere else
As part of
the CaGBC’s ongoing effort to create value for its members, the Council commissioned
a research study in 2014 of the Canadian green building market with McGraw Hill
Construction. The report, entitled Canada
Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market is
the first of its kind in Canada. Among its many findings, the report
demonstrates that companies that invest in green buildings are seeing
significant dividends on their investments, including:
- 82% of building
owners and developers reported decreases in energy consumption in their
green buildings compared to similar buildings.
- 68% of building
owners and developers reported decreases in water consumption in their
- The median
reduction in operating costs over five years for green buildings reported
by the firms included in the research is 17%.
- The median payback
for the investment in a new green building is reported to be eight years,
a finding consistent with paybacks on studies McGraw Hill has conducted in
the U.S. and globally.
national CaGBC member, you also have EXCLUSIVE access to a smaller tenant
report based on a survey of a select group of Canadian companies that lease
or rent space in a commercial office space and their tenants. This report looks
at the value they place on specific green building features and practices and
how green building impacts overall employee health and productivity, and
general sense of corporate responsibility.
CaGBC is the
green building industry’s leading advocacy group
efforts with policy makers, businesses and government have been instrumental in
securing the adoption of green building in Canada since 2002. In addition to
research reports and identification of industry trends and opportunities, the
CaGBC continues to pursue its larger mandate of accelerating the transformation
of Canada’s built environment. Key components of 2016’s advocacy strategy
and Well Being in the Built Environment
Benchmarking, Reporting and Disclosure
Add Your Voice
Members of the Canada Green
Building Council are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow's sustainable
world. Expand your network, strengthen your green credibility, and add your
voice to the campaign to transform Canada with greener buildings and healthier
Corporate membership entitles all
the employees in your company, across Canada, to the benefits of membership,
including free membership in the local Chapter of their choice. Join as a Green
Building Advocate or Green Building Specialist and leverage the tools and
resources available to reach your corporate sustainability goals.
Chapter membership is for
individuals who want to effect change from the grass roots. Expand your green
building network and involvement through one of the local Chapters across Canada. Chapter
memberships are free for employees of national members.
Visit the CaGBC website today www.cagbc.org/membership to find out how you can become a member.
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