COMMISSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION
THREE COUNTRIES WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT OUR SHARED ENVIRONMENT
Buildings in North America are major consumers of electricity and water and contribute an estimated 35 percent of the continent’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Building greener, more environmentally sustainable structures can reduce the environmental impacts of our buildings. In fact, the US Green Building Council estimates that green buildings, on average, reduce energy consumption by 30 percent, water use by 30 to 50 percent, and carbon emissions by 35 percent.
Green buildings are already being constructed across North America, winning awards for cutting-edge design, intelligent use of “gray” water, integrating solar panels or passive solar construction, or achieving “net-zero” carbon emissions status, and yet we lack a comprehensive understanding of the wide range of innovative green building technologies, materials and practices available throughout North America.
The CEC Secretariat’s 2008 Green Building in North America report was supported by many of North America’s leading architects, engineers and developers to recommend specific ways reduce the environmental impact of buildings. In 2010, the CEC brought together government agencies in the three countries to help align standards and rating systems for energy efficiency in buildings.
Since building energy consumption represents significant ontributions to greenhouse gas emissions, this project may provide information relevant to the North American On-line, Interactive Informational Platform on Climate Change project.