New CaGBC framework to “incentivize the design of highly efficient” buildings
November 4, 2016 - “By embarking on this important initiative, the [Canada Green Building Council] is providing the market with a state-of-the-art guideline and, soon, the third-party verification and support required to make net zero carbon buildings a reality in the near future,” said president & CEO Thomas Mueller of CaGBC’s release of a Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.
By Anthony Capkun
CaGBC says it consulted about 50 individuals representing 40 organizations in the building sector. The resulting framework facilitates “broad participation across a range of building types and sizes”, insists the council, “provides a clear definition” for zero carbon buildings, and establishes several components for the evaluation of building carbon footprints. Among them:
• Energy intensity metrics to incentivize the design of highly efficient, reliable and resilient buildings.
• A peak energy demand metric to encourage the use of peak shaving measures.
The next phases of the Zero Carbon Initiative include the identification of specific pathways to zero carbon, a building pilot program, and the development of a verification program to be completed and launched by CaGBC by the end of Q2 2017.
The council says this framework is the first stage of a broader CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative to push for lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings, in support of Canada’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions by 30% by 2030.