The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has published a roadmap for improving the performance of existing buildings and creating new economic opportunities for Canadians. The report, “A Roadmap for Retrofits: Building Strong Market Infrastructure for the Retrofit Economy,” sets out a series of comprehensive actions for industry, non-profit organizations, and governments to build a world-leading retrofit economy by 2030.
On March 1, the Vancouver Island Chapter of CSC will hold a mini trade show and luncheon meeting at Victoria Conference Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Robert Lepage, a building science research engineer from RDH Building Science, will make a presentation on “Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation.”
Last week, Jim Carr, Canada’s natural resources minister, announced a $182-million investment to increase energy efficiency and address climate change by improving how homes and buildings are designed, renovated, and constructed. The federal government is working with provinces, territories, and industry on energy code development, data sharing, research and development, and market transformation strategies for the building sector.
Climate projections by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) show past and current practices will influence the climate for decades to come. Such projections are usually statements about the likelihood something will happen several decades in the future if certain influential conditions develop in contrast to a prediction.
Earlier this year, Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) released a detailed roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from large buildings (e.g. office towers, recreation centres, hospitals, arenas, and schools) across the country.
Supporting the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) joint efforts with Infrastructure Canada to adapt Canadian codes and standards to climate change, CSA Group—the standards development and testing, inspection, and certification organization—has partnered with NRC on seven adaptation initiatives.
Canada’s building codes have historically been formulated, at least in part, based on accumulated historic climate data that ultimately provides the essential criteria for most key building component performance characteristics. However, there are indications climate may be beginning to change. If buildings do, in fact, experience different environmental conditions over the next 40 years, these changes could potentially have a significant impact on our building stock.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has approved two new national standards to help provide tangible, long-term living improvements to those in the North. The pair of national standards will help manage the risk to Northern Canada infrastructure under a changing climate. They were developed as part of the Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative (NISI) led by SCC.