Environmental Building Products - how to know if they are really green

Environmental building products from paint to cladding to HVAC systems, and everything in between, are increasing in demand.
By using environmental building products, the building owner and project team are taking extra measures to lower the building’s environmental impacts during the construction phase through to the operation of the building.


Environmental building products that make up the mechanical aspects of the building are designed to be energy efficient. Coupled with a high performance building envelope and other green building features, this results in a building that generates fewer GHG emissions during its operating life – also known as a green building.


Green buildings have a smaller impact on the environment, and offer healthier indoor environments for occupants, decreasing effects of sick-building syndrome and absenteeism. Many manufacturers see the value in healthy green buildings and are embracing optimal materials and transparency practices, such as life-cycle assessments (LCA), to demonstrate the reduced health and environmental impacts of their products and manufacturing processes. Pursuing Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations, Cradle to Cradle and other recognized third-party certifications allow building products to be competitive and relevant in the Canadian green building marketplace.


Tools of the Trade

A wealth of resources are in development to help project teams find compliant products for their green building projects. Among these resources are the CaGBC LEED v4 Product Profiles. This expanding resource has LEED project teams in mind as each product has successfully contributed to a certified LEED v4 project. With an easy to read Product Snapshot, users can identify the applicable credits, and the rating system and certification level of the project.


Membership has its benefits

This is one of the many benefits available to green building project teams and manufacturers across North America through membership with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). This is the only national organization in Canada dedication to market transformation to a more sustainable built environment, and provides value to its members through an array of strategic benefits designed to increase exposure, nurture business to business relationships and deliver valuable marketplace education and reports. Companies that support the CaGBC are able to capture transformational and measurable opportunities that align with their corporate sustainability goals.


To find out more about the reduced impacts of green buildings and the support available to manufacturers of environmental building products, please visit the CaGBC website

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