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The Current and Future State of Green Buildings in Canada

Authors: Christina Gagliano-Veiga*, University of Toronto - Mississauga
Topics: Environment, Canada, Development
Keywords: Green Buildings, Sustainability
Session Type: Paper
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The building sector represents 40% of total energy consumption and 30% of total GHG emissions in the world. Considering the major influence of this sector, we need to find a way to reduce its impact, and one way to do so is through the use of green buildings. Over the years there has been a lot of discussion about the use of green building certifications, and we have seen an explosion of certification schemes across the world. This paper looks to better understand where green buildings exist in Canada, whether governmental policy influences the adoption of green building certifications, and what motivates stakeholders to engage in this type of sustainability practice. This research uses a mixed-methods approach, including geographical information system (GIS) mapping of green certified buildings across Canada, semi-structured interviews, and a policy analysis. The purpose of this research is to understand what lessons can be learned from green buildings to encourage more sustainable practices in other sectors and what the future of these certification schemes might look like.

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