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HRAI is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

CaGBC is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada. CaGBC is the license holder for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system in Canada. In 2017, CaGBC launched the country’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard.

CaGBC’s mission is to “lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout Canada.” The council works to:

  1. change industry standards;
  2. develop best design practices and guidelines;
  3. advocate for green buildings and;
  4. develop educational tools to support members in implementing sustainable design and construction practices.

According to the CaGBC, more than 1,200 industry organizations and over 4,000 individual chapter members work with the organization in designing, constructing and operating buildings, homes and communities. CaGBC has chapters in all parts of the country. As the voice of the green building industry, CaGBC advocates for green building policies, with all levels of governments and the private sector. The Council has educated more than 45,000 green professionals so that they can meet the demand for knowledge and jobs in the green marketplace. As a result of the advocacy, education and hard work by CaGBC members, thousands of commercial and government buildings, schools, homes and community centres have been retrofitted, or newly constructed, to meet green building standards.

The HRAI-CaGBC MOU specifies that the two organizations will collaborate on advocacy initiatives where mutually agreeable. There will be an open exchange of information between the associations and members will be entitled to preferred access to training and educational events.

For more information on the CaGBC, go to www.cagbc.org.