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Canada GBC Celebrates Zero-Carbon Certificates

Thursday, December 12, 2019

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The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is celebrating its first 10 certifications, it announced at the end of last month.

Projects—including offices, schools and warehouses—have been certified under the organization’s Zero Carbon Building Standard.

“Introduced two years ago, the ZCB Standard was designed to guide the industry in building to zero and help Canada meet its international emissions targets by 2030,” the organization said.

“Since its launch, CaGBC’s made-in-Canada standard has shifted the green building conversation to focus on carbon as its key performance metric. A carbon metric recognizes the true climatic impact of a building and brings to light aspects not considered by energy efficiency, including the importance of selecting low-carbon construction materials and energy sources for building operations. The market response has been encouraging, with over 20 projects (including 10 certifications) now registered under the ZCB Standard.”


The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is celebrating its first 10 certifications, it announced at the end of last month. The Joyce Center is the first building to achieve both the ZCB Design and Perfotmance certifications.

The projects include:

  • evolve1 – an office space in Waterloo, Onario, certified for Zero Carbon Building Design;
  • The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, Mohawk College – a mixed-use post-secondary education space in Hamilton, Ontario, certified in ZCB Design and Perfomance;
  • Ecole Cure-Paquin – an elementary school in Saint-Eustache, Quebec City, certified in ZCB Design;
  • Building NX, Humber College – a retrofit of an existing office building in Toronto, certified in ZCB Design;
  • Cima+ Sherbrooke – an office space in Sherbrooke, Quebec City, certified in ZCB Design;
  • Rayside Labossiere architects – a mixed-used office and residential space in Montreal, certified in ZCB Design;
  • 355 Wilkinson Ave. – a zero-carbon warehouse in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, certified in ZCB Design;
  • 496 Wilkinson Ave. – another zero-carbon warehouse in Datmouth certified in ZCB Design; and
  • 100 Murray Street – office and retail space in Ottawa certified in ZCB Perfomance.

The Joyce Center is the first building to achieve both the ZCB Design and Perfotmance certifications.

“The Joyce Centre is a beautiful and functional example of what a sustainable learning space can offer,” said Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie. “We are proud to provide our students, and the community, with a successful model of climate action at work while setting a new benchmark for green building operations in Canada. This Canada Green Building Council Performance certification confirms that we have been operating The Joyce Centre effectively and that we are meeting the goals we set out in the building’s design.”

“Zero carbon buildings, like The Joyce Centre at Mohawk College, represent a great opportunity for cost-effective emissions reduction,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, CaGBC and CEO, GBCI Canada.

“These projects spur innovation in design, building materials and technology while creating new skills and expertise for tradespeople and professionals. Owners are also recognizing the benefits a zero-carbon building can bring, including increased resiliency to extreme weather events, meeting occupant expectations for comfort and corporate leadership, and future-proofing against rising carbon costs.”

Canada Initiatives

Gerald Genge, an engineer, led a workshop at the 2018 Toronto Buildings Show and spoke about changes planned for Canada’s National Building Code for 2020 and beyond.

Genge, who was on a committee tasked with updating the Canadian Standards Association guideline S478 on building durability and building code standards, said that changes are coming.

“The standard includes the obligation for designers to create durability plans, and the durability plans have to be based on the life of the building, the life of the components that go into the various envelope components of the building and the elements that are part of those components,” Genge said at the time.

“The example is, we don’t want to have buried sealants inside a wall system that fail before the wall does.”

The codes, which are developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes and published every five years by the National Research Council of Canada, will now reportedly be based on predictive data instead of historic data, an approach that was found to be problematic by an auditor general’s report in 2016.

Such data includes information on temperature trends, general precipitation, wind, wind-driven rain, freeze-thaw cycles, ice storms and UV radiation.

Before the national annoncement, Ontario announced that its building code was set to undergo a facelift, which took effect Jan. 1 of this year.

The updates to the building code tied in with Canada's Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce green house gas emissions and implement energy-efficient options for both new homes and large commercial buildings.

The CaGBC also has a few pilot projects in the hopper, including plans for what has been dubbed the world’s tallest hybrid tower, slated for Vancouver.


Tagged categories: Building codes; Canada Green Building Council; Good Technical Practice; Green building; Green coatings; NA; North America

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