section contains information about programs that have been developed that legislate that certain green building measures must be implemented
on any new construction project.
through Real Property Services (RPS), manages the activities related to the
Sustainable Development Strategy/Environmental Management System (SDS/EMS) of
building operations in over 2500 facilities. Information from this program forms
part of the annual reports to Parliament by each federal department. This
initiative will provide clients with an interactive, on-line total-reporting
system to monitor SDS performance.
The intent of RPS’s environmental-services portfolio is to help federal
departments cost-effectively “green” their operations. In 1998-1999, as a
result of this program, 12 000 tonnes of waste were diverted from landfill. RPS
assists departments across Canada with the management of their due diligence and
risk, as well as integrating pollution-prevention practices into their
requires the use of either BREEAM or LEED in all projects, and LEED for projects
over $10 million.
Province of British
Green Buildings BC is a provincial
initiative enabling BC's education and health care agencies to dramatically
increase the performance of their new and existing buildings through two
programs: new buildings, and retrofit.
This initiative is funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Ministry of
Education, Ministry of Health Services, BC Hydro and BC Buildings Corporation.
Province of Quebec
in the process of conforming to LEED in new construction and renovation
Following several years of work on a wide
variety of sustainability initiatives, in April 2002, the City adopted a formal
position, definition and principles on sustainability, which states:
A sustainable Vancouver is a community
that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of
future generations to meet their own needs.
It is a place where people live, work
and prosper in a vibrant community of communities. In such a community,
sustainability is achieved through community participation and the
reconciliation of short and long term economic, social and ecological
Sustainability is a direction rather
than a destination. A sustainable city is one that protects and enhances the
immediate and long-term well being of a city and its citizens, while
providing the highest quality of life possible.
Sustainability requires integrated
decision-making that takes into account economic, ecological, and social
impacts as a whole.
Vancouver has started many city-wide
initiatives that include new developments to be LEED certified.
Vancouver Olympic Bid
The Bid proposes to incorporate the
principles of environmental sustainability into all aspects of planning and
preparation. Environmental practices that are proposed include: green buildings
and community planning standards; sustainable transportation initiatives; energy
efficiency and use of renewable energy; water conservation, air quality and
greenhouse gas management; waste minimization; and protection and enhancement of
natural landscapes. All venues and facilities constructed or renovated in
Vancouver would comply with applicable City of Vancouver bylaws and provincial
and federal environmental legislation, and be built to meet LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) requirements, an industry standard for using
green building and design elements.
City of Calgary is committed to becoming an environmentally sustainable
community by providing the leadership to conserve, protect and improve the
environment for the benefit of Calgarians and the regional community. The City
of Calgary will integrate sustainable social, economic and environmental
objectives into a co-ordinated decision-making process to maintain high
standards of living, social harmony and environmental quality. All city-owned
buildings in Calgary must now be LEED Certified.
city of Kingston is making it mandatory that all large municipal buildings and
retrofit project set LEED as a design goal.
city of Perth, Ontario has started an initiative called EcoPerth. This
initiative is to show that a small town in Canada can make an impact on climate
change and all issues to do with sustainable living.
U.S. Department of
Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's integrated portfolio
of programs, the Building Technologies Program works to improve the efficiency
of buildings and the equipment, components, and systems within them. The
building program demonstrates the bottom-line benefits of new technologies and
building practices, and promotes their widespread use.
Federal Energy Management Program
to reduce the cost and environmental impacts of the Federal government by
advancing energy efficiency and water conservation, promoting the use of
distributed and renewable energy, and improving utility management decisions at
to advancing the application of economically sound and environmentally sensitive
building and site-design techniques, the Environmental Design Program provides
the business community, local governments and interested citizens with the
information and on-site technical assistance they need to identify, implement
and evaluate actions to enhance and restore natural resources in and around
developed environments. What is significant about the Environmental Design
Program, is that it recognizes the important role for the "built
environment" in the State’s commitment to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide educates and assists architects, building
owners, occupants, educators, students, and the general public concerning
sustainable building design. The Guide is a design tool that can be used to
overlay environmental issues on the design, construction, and operation of both
new and renovated facilities. It can be used to set sustainable design
priorities and goals; develop appropriate sustainable design strategies; and to
determine performance measures to guide the sustainable design and
decision-making processes. It can also be used as a management tool to organize
and structure environmental concerns during the design, construction, and
City of Portland
to Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development. Our mission is to research,
promote and integrate environmental, social and economic health. Here you’ll
find information on how to make a real difference in your home, business
Austin Energy Green Building Program is nationally known for expertise in
"green" residential and commercial construction. The Green Building
Program has won numerous awards for developing ecological building agendas, and
for establishing precedent setting guidelines, ordinances, and market
strategies. The Program has been recognized as a top "success story"
by the U.S. Department of Energy.