New CEC guide on reducing the environmental impact and cost of construction projects

Guide outlines steps for implementing an integrated design and delivery (IDD) process for green buildings

Montreal, 2 May 2016—The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has a new guide on how to lower the environmental impact and cost of construction projects. Improving Green Building Construction in North America: Guide to Integrated Design and Delivery promotes better green building practices.

Buildings in North America are major consumers of electricity and water and contribute an estimated 35 percent of the continent’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although the building sector offers cost-effective opportunities for reducing GHG emissions, only a small fraction of building renovation and construction projects in North America use green solutions.

The new guide blends information from industry professionals in Canada, Mexico and the United States into guidance tailored for the core members of a construction project—from architect and engineer to contractor and owner. It recommends steps to enhance collaboration between professionals and stakeholders and better integrate their respective responsibilities to deliver a greener, more energy efficient and cheaper building.

Other tools associated with this guide include:

  • A 90-second video explaining the integrated design and delivery process.
  • A website that showcases all the information contained in the guide.

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