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Canada’s most innovative green building projects join CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program

OTTAWA, ON – May 17, 2017 – The Canada Green Building Council® (CaGBC) is pleased to announce that 16 of Canada’s most innovative projects have been chosen to participate in a two-year pilot of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. The Standard, which assesses the carbon performance of commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings in Canada, will be formally released on May 29 in Vancouver.

Spanning the length of the country from Dartmouth to Kelowna, the diversity of these 16 pilot projects demonstrates the broad applicability of the program with sizes ranging from 20,000 to 1.3 million sq.ft, representing both new and existing buildings. Project types include institutional buildings, offices, multi-unit residential, and warehouses. This elite group of projects were chosen for their ambitious environmental leadership, and potential to aggressively raise the bar for carbon emissions reduction in Canada. The experience from these projects will help refine the Standard for full market deployment.

“The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program was designed to recognize leadership excellence in Canada’s building industry, and I am pleased to say that these projects truly meet that ideal. We have great diversity in these pilot projects, demonstrating that zero carbon buildings are achievable in all regions across Canada,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC. “It is the combination of innovation and the broad adaptability of this Standard that will contribute to the shift to a low-carbon economy.”

The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program projects are listed below, with the exception of those who wish to remain confidential at this time. To view project profiles, renderings and other details on the Pilot Projects, visit cagbc.org/zerocarbonpilots.


Project Name Owner Location
Zero Emissions Fire Hall City of Vancouver Vancouver, BC
Wilkinson Avenue Net-Zero Heating Energy Warehouse East Port Properties Dartmouth, NS
EcoLock, Carbon Capture Mini Storage EcoLock Kelowna, BC
Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation Mohawk College Hamilton, ON
Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Okanagan College Okanagan College Kelowna, BC
30 Bay Street Oxford Properties Group Toronto, ON
1133 Melville Oxford Properties Group Vancouver, BC
Confidential Mixed-Use Development Perkins+Will Vancouver, BC
Arthur Meighen Building, 22-55 St. Claire Avenue East Public Service and Procurement Canada Toronto, ON
New Curé-Paquin Elementary School Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles School Board Saint-Eustache, QC
NiMa Trails – Residential, Commercial Net Zero Building TerraView Homes & Newton Group Guelph, ON
evolv1 The Cora Group Waterloo, ON
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) New Headquarters Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Toronto, ON
MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment University of Calgary Calgary, AB


Through the Pilot Program, participants will gain access to a group of leading professionals for advice and guidance. CaGBC will also be convening quarterly in-depth technical sessions with the pilots in order to provide networking and learning opportunities for them, as well as a platform in which to discuss the challenges and possible solutions involved in reaching net zero carbon.

The industry is encouraged to attend the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit on May 30 in Vancouver, which will discuss the new Standard in detail, along with a full stream of education content focusing on Zero Carbon Buildings at Building Lasting Change 2017, which begins the following day, May 31.

For ongoing updates about the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Initiative and Standard as it becomes available, visit cagbc.org/zerocarbon.


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About Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
The CaGBC (www.cagbc.org) is the leading national organization dedicated to advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. As the voice of green building in Canada, we work closely with our national and chapter members in an effort to make every building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through project certification, advocacy and research, and has helped meet the demand for skilled workers by providing green building education to over 20,000 professionals across the country since 2002. CaGBC is the license holder of the LEED green building rating system in Canada and will be launching the country’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard May 29 in Vancouver. CaGBC also supports the WELL Building Standard and GRESB in Canada, and oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools. We are also a member of the World Green Building Council supporting international efforts to reduce environmental impacts from the built environment.