Category Archives: environment

Canadian Home Builders’ Association launch Net Zero Home Labelling Program

Ottawa, ON – May 2, 2017 – The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) today officially launched its Net Zero Home Labelling Program – continuing CHBA’s long history in leading energy efficiency in residential construction. The Program provides the industry and consumers with a clearly defined and rigorous two-tiered technical requirement that recognizes Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes, and identifies the builders and renovators who provide them. A pilot version of the Net Zero Home Labelling Program ran from September 2015 to December 2016 to validate technical and administrative details.

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Modern Slavery: The Dark Side of Construction

London – July 21, 2015 – Today, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has launched a report which shines a light on the prevalence of human rights abuses in construction – in almost every corner of the globe.

With an estimated 36 million enslaved people globally and modern slavery reported in 167 countries, the report, entitled: Modern Slavery: The Dark Side of Construction outlines the many forms of slavery and bonded labour that exist worldwide, and calls for a greater recognition of migrant workers. The report also seeks to highlight the plight made by millions of construction workers across the globe.

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Canada’s forest products industry leads the world in environment-friendly forest management

Ottawa, ON – March 5, 2015 – The Canadian forest products industry now has 43% of the world’s independently certified forests or more than 160 million hectares, which is four times more than any other country.

Certified forests means that companies follow progressive social and environmental forest management practices as assessed by an independent third body.  This includes prompt regeneration of the forest land, sustainable harvest levels, protection of biodiversity and wildlife habitat and aboriginal engagement.

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Leading Building Industry Groups Agree To Streamline Green Building Tool Coordination And Development

Atlanta, GA – August 21, 2014 – ASHRAE, the International Code Council (ICC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announce the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program.

The unprecedented cooperation aims to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes and/or provide incentives for voluntary leadership programs such as LEED.

The agreement outlines the development, maintenance and implementation of new versions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and the IgCC, which will be combined into one regulatory tool. This agreement also endeavors to align the LEED program with the new code to ensure a streamlined, effective set of regulatory and above-code options for jurisdictions across the country.

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U.S. standardization roadmap released: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment

Washington, DC – February 21, 2014 – The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) has released for public comment the EESCC Standardization Roadmap V1.0 draft, which outlines 116 recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built environment through standards and conformance activities.

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Number of new homes in Canada in high performance label programs continues to climb

Toronto, ON – Marshall Leslie, President of M.Leslie Inc. reports that in 2012, almost 25,000 new homes in Canada received recognition for exceeding basic building code requirements under several plans and programs that reward energy efficient, sustainable, resilient and accessible housing features. This recognition often came in the form of a label, or energy rating. In most cases it was voluntary, although two cities are allowed to enforce building code requirements higher than national and provincial building codes. The number of new homes receiving this form of recognition has doubled in the last five years. The number of programs has also increased, to seventeen.

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100 Twitter Accounts Around Building Performance You Must Follow!

This morning, I was surprised and pleased to discover that the Global Building Performance Network has included my Twitter account @MarshallLeslie among their list of “Top 100 Energy Efficiency Twitter Accounts”.  It’s thoughtful of them to put me in such distinguished (can I use that term when talking social media?) company, and I’ll place the full release below here ….

Paris, France – July 29, 2013 – by Anne-Claire Bellec – After having actively been twittering these past months, we are delighted to present the GBPN public list of 100 influential and resourceful Twitter accounts in the fields of Building Performance Policies and the role of buildings in mitigating Climate Change.

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U.S. Energy Department Launches New Database on Residential and Commercial Building Energy Performance

Washington, DC – The Energy Department today launched a new , the largest free, publicly available database of residential and commercial building energy performance information. Currently, commercial and residential buildings account for approximately 70% of the electricity consumption in the nation. The database strengthens the Department’s commitment to provide U.S. industry, state and local governments, and researchers with innovative energy data tools that can help cut energy waste and save money.

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