Coinciding with National Environment Week, Built Green Canada issues a challenge to municipalities across the country to encourage green building as part of their sustainability building policies.
Municipalities incenting sustainable building with a program like BUILT GREEN reduce the load on civic infrastructure such as water, electrical, waste, and so forth. These savings can offset a rebate or incentive and may provide a competitive edge from one municipality to another. Moreover, incentives may encourage builders to develop in a particular community and with more builders in a community, revenue for permits and ongoing property taxes increases.
Built Green Canada recognizes municipalities may not be able to favour one green building program over another and, therefore, encourages municipalities to include BUILT GREEN programs as an option to endorse. The collective efforts of government, builders, developers, homeowners, and others focused on sustainable residential construction make a difference to environmental conservation, and ultimately leave more for future generations.
This year’s National Environment Week theme, “Strengthening Our Environment Today for Tomorrow”, and the Government of Canada’s action to preserve and enhance the natural environment through science, such as maintaining air and water quality, is well suited to Built Green Canada. “While energy efficiency is a fundamental component of our programs, integrating the EnerGuide label through Natural Resources Canada, we go beyond energy efficiency, moving the industry toward a more holistic approach to sustainable building practices,” says Jenifer Christenson, Built Green Canada executive director. It’s an approach that includes the preservation of natural resources, reduction of pollution, ventilation and air quality, and the improvement of home durability.
The call out begins in Edmonton, where Built Green Canada’s head office is located. It’s also where Mayor Don Iveson has a long-term view to the environment and has been a strong proponent of the city’s “The Way We Green: Environmental Strategic Plan” — a plan that has won provincial and federal awards and has led to the development of green communities such as Oxford. “We work with a number of progressively minded municipalities, builders, and service providers across the country focused on a sustainable future,” says Christenson. “We want to recognize those committed to building greener and intend that other municipalities make the same proclamation in the years ahead.”
Municipalities, builders, and other involved in residential building construction are encouraged to follow this challenge on Twitter: #BuiltGreenDay