Like their federal counterparts, provinces own a large stock of buildings that are significant energy and resource consumers. Each level of government must take responsibility for its emissions and work to be on the leading edge of energy efficiency and green building practices through the creation of sound public policy.
REALpac believes the following recommendations will help provincial governments across Canada achieve their sustainability goals, targets, and implementation strategies by:
• Taking into account greenhouse gas production, and materials recycling in provincial planning documents and provincial plans;
• Encouraging green precincts in municipal planning;
• Amending provincial building codes to mandate energy, recycling, indoor air quality and materials;
• Conservation in construction and renovation;
• Requiring provincial utilities to disclose usage information on any non-residential customer on an aggregated per square foot/per square meter basis (like labeling, but just en grosse);
• Encouraging on site crushing and re-use of concrete and cement;
• Pre-packing of energy efficient equipment for real properties to streamline approval of incentive program applications;
• Taking into account water conservation in provincial planning documents and provincial plans;
• Amending provincial building codes to mandate water conservation and gray water use in construction and renovation;
• Government run recycling depots for building materials; and,
• Encouraging government buildings to seek LEED or an equivalent certification.
Previous Government Submissions
For more information on this issue, or any of REALpac's government relations initiatives, please contact Carolyn Lane, VP, Membership & Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-642-2700 x.223.