Introduction

In 2012, the Green Building Construction Task Force of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation received the mandate to support the construction of green buildings and the use of green building materials in North America by identifying opportunities and determining the best way to drive changes needed to decrease the environmental footprint of cities and buildings in North America.

As part of this effort, an overview of various green building codes and standards, ratings and certification programs, and benchmarking systems used across North America was created with the aim to increase knowledge and awareness of green building practices and materials. This initiative aims to help stakeholders facilitate decision-making and thus greater uptake of green building practices and materials, as well as support innovative businesses to explore and expand opportunities within North America.