Operational Plan: 2010
Green building addresses climate change and other energy-related air emissions in two basic ways:
To foster green building markets in North America with particular reference to align regional standards and/or rating systems for energy efficiency in buildings used to assess green building performance.
In 2008 the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Secretariat published an independent (Article 13) report, Green Building in North America: Opportunities and Challenges. This report and nine detailed background papers identified major challenges related to green building, as well as opportunities for green building to play a transformational role in addressing a number of environmental challenges, most prominently energy conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
In Canada, Mexico, and the United States, commercial and residential building operations account for approximately 23, 30, and 40 percent of energy consumption, respectively. Every year, the energy used by buildings in North America results in the release of more than 2,200 megatons of carbon dioxide (CO2), approximately 35 percent of the continent’s total.
Recent studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), McKinsey & Company, and Vattenfall, indicate that improved building practices are some of the quickest and cheapest ways to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, often with net economic benefit.
Key activities of this project include:
The expected outcomes of the project include: