Province Funds Green Building Education

VICTORIA – Minister of Housing and Social Development Rich Coleman announced the Cascadia Region Green Building Council will receive $100,000 to deliver education programs in B.C. that will encourage the development of more green buildings and support the greening of the province’s Building Code.

“The Province is helping to prepare builders and designers to implement the new energy and water efficiency requirements in the B.C. Building Code,” said Coleman. “Education and training opportunities will ensure the industry is ready for Building Code changes and ready to meet increasing consumer demand for greener homes and other buildings that have a lower impact on the environment.”

The funding will provide education programs that raise the level of expertise in green building by training the people who design, construct and maintain buildings. The funding is provided by the Ministry of Education ($30,000), the Ministry of Community Development ($30,000), the Ministry of Housing and Social Development ($20,000), and the Climate Action Secretariat ($20,000).

The Canadian Home Builders Association also received $150,000 to promote energy efficiency and sustainability in residential construction.  A grant of $20,000 went to Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre for energy modelling workshops, which assist designers in evaluating how components of a building contribute to the overall energy efficiency of the building. The Province has also provided $25,000 for green building education and training in partnership with the Homeowner Protection Office.

The funding by the province of BC will provide training on green building topics ranging from site design to indoor environmental quality; adapt existing education programs to focus specifically on building green in British Columbia; provide outreach to the public and professional communities on green design; and hire a program co-ordinator in Vancouver. The Cascadia Region Green Building Council is the largest chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and has branches in Vancouver, the Thompson-Okanagan, Vancouver Island and the Kootenay-Rockies region.

These programs support the greening of the B.C. Building Code, which began with the introduction of energy and water efficiency requirements for all new buildings, effective Sept.

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