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Guide Helps Reduce GHG Impact of Construction Projects

Posted on May 4, 2016

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has a new guide on how to lower the environmental impact and cost of construction projects, Improving Green Building Construction in North America: Guide to Integrated Design and Delivery, which promotes better green building practices.

Buildings in North America are major consumers of electricity and water and contribute an estimated 35 per cent of the continent’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although the building sector offers cost-effective opportunities for reducing GHG emissions, only a small fraction of building renovation and construction projects in North America use green solutions.

The new guide blends information from industry professionals in Canada, Mexico, and the United States into guidance tailored for the core members of a construction project—from architect and engineer to contractor and owner. It recommends steps to enhance collaboration between professionals and stakeholders and better integrate their respective responsibilities to deliver a greener, more energy efficient and cheaper building.

To view or download the guide and tools, visit cec.org/IDD and a virtual library at cec.org/library.

 

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