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Pilot projects announced for CaGBC’s emerging Zero Carbon Building Standard

May 17, 2017

The 16 projects from across Canada will participate in a two-year study to further refine the emerging Standard prior to full market deployment.


Mohawk College, Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation in Hamilton, ON, one of 16 Zero Carbon Building Standard pilot projects.

In an effort to get out ahead of the Canada’s commitment to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) launched its Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative in 2016 to “champion” the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings.

In order to push that initiative forward the CaGBC is developing a Zero Carbon Building Standard which will assess the carbon performance of buildings, and that standard will be formally released on May 29th in Vancouver followed by the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit on May 30 in Vancouver, a full day where interested parties will discuss the new Standard in detail.

As anticipation builds, the CaGBC has now released the news that 16 pilot projects from across Canada have been enlisted to participate in a two-year study where the experiences from the projects will be used to further refine the emerging Standard prior to full market deployment. 

The chosen projects range in size from 20,000 to 1.3 million sq. ft.  and represent both new and existing buildings: The 16 projects and locations include: Zero Emission Fire Hall, Vancouver; Wilkinson Avenue Net-Zero Heating Energy Warehouse, Dartmouth, NS; EcoLock, Carbon Capture Mini Storage, Kelowna, BC; Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation (Mohawk College), Hamilton, ON; Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC; 30 Bay Street, Toronto; 1133 Melville, Vancouver; Mixed-Use Development, Vancouver; Arthur Meighen Building, 22-55 St. Claire Ave. E., Toronto; New Curé-Paquin Elementary School, Saint-Eustache, QC; NiMa Trails – Residential, Commercial Net Zero Building, Guelph, ON; evolv1, Waterloo, ON; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) New Headquarters, Toronto; and MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment (University of Calgary), Calgary.


 “We have great diversity in these pilot projects, demonstrating that zero carbon buildings are achievable in all regions across Canada,” said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC in a news release. 

As part of the pilot program, participants will have access to professionals for advice and guidance, and CaGBC will be convening quarterly technical sessions with the pilots in order to provide networking and learning opportunities and to discuss the challenges and possible solutions involved in reaching net zero carbon.

To view project profiles, renderings and other details on the pilot projects, visit


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