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Green Manufacturers – Improve Credibility and Exposure with a CaGBC Membership

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Selecting products from green manufacturers can lower the environmental impacts of a building and create a healthier indoor environment for the building occupants. Green manufacturers are companies that select optimal ingredients to minimize hazards to human health, and manufacturing processes that minimize harm to the environment.
 

Changes to the LEED rating system were introduced and spurred a shift in the building product and materials marketplace, encouraging environmental responsibility and transparency. Canadian Manufacturers that have embraced this shift are able to contribute to LEED credits, and are experiencing the benefits of enhancing their supply chain and manufacturing processes.

 

By conducting third party life-cycle assessments, green manufacturers are able to demonstrate that their product is a healthier choice to use in a building project. Organizations such as the Health Product Collaborative, Green Screen and Cradle to Cradle conduct these assessments and grant a certificate based on the declared criteria. Serving as a "nutrition label” for a product, these certificates have an expiry date, allowing the product to undergo re-certification as standards improve.

 

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) demonstrates the sustainability of a product throughout the supply chain and the environmental impacts, including carbon footprint and energy usage. This information is vital to buyers looking to make informed decisions about the products they are selecting.

 

Manufacturers engaged in these transparency practices should connect with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), the sole licensee and administrator of the LEED rating system in Canada. Companies in the Canadian marketplace leverage their CaGBC membership to gain visibility among green building professionals who are specifying environmentally friendly product. Resources such as the Manufacturer page and LEED v4 Product Profiles have manufacturers in mind, and their relationships with project teams.

 

The move towards zero carbon buildings is also gaining momentum and the CaGBC is supporting this demand with a Zero Carbon Building Standard. This building standard not only encompasses net zero energy use, but also addresses the embodied carbon of a building, recognizing the importance of building material lifecycle impacts. Manufacturers looking to contribute to zero carbon buildings will need to meet the requirements outlined in LEED v4.

 

Green manufacturers are contributing to the changing landscape of the built environment in Canada by assuring that health and the environment are at the heart of building products installed in building that share the same intent. For more information about the benefits of healthy buildings and impacts of green building in Canada, visit www.cagbc.org/advocacy.

 

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