Nationwide retrofit strategy could cut over half of emissions from Canada’s large buildings, finds report

Thursday 21st September 2017

 

Large buildings in Canada such as office towers, hospitals and arenas could cut their emissions by up to 51 per cent, according to a new report published by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

In A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada, CaGBC shows the critical role existing buildings can play in reducing emissions, and provides government and industry with a targeted plan to achieve the greatest carbon savings from Canadian buildings.

The report identifies buildings with the largest carbon reduction potential and recommends provincially-specific actions that include a combination of deep retrofit, renewable energy, recommissioning and fuel switching.

It finds that Canadian buildings such as office buildings, shopping malls, universities, and arenas constructed between 1960 and 1979 represent the largest opportunity for total carbon emissions reductions. 

Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of CaGBC, said: “This report makes it very clear that targeted strategic investments in existing buildings represent a massive opportunity for significant carbon reductions across the country.

“We are showing how each region can contribute to meeting Canada’s climate change goals through a targeted approach to building retrofit and clean energy.”

To read all of the recommendations, read the report here.

Read about WorldGBC's work on retrofit in existing buildings in Europe through the BUILD UPON project. 

 

Large buildings in Canada such as office towers, hospitals and arenas could cut their emissions by up to 51 per cent, according to a new report published by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

In A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada, CaGBC shows the critical role existing buildings can play in reducing emissions, and provides government and industry with a targeted plan to achieve the greatest carbon savings from Canadian buildings.

The report identifies buildings with the largest carbon reduction potential and recommends provincially-specific actions that include a combination of deep retrofit, renewable energy, recommissioning and fuel switching.

It finds that Canadian buildings such as office buildings, shopping malls, universities, and arenas constructed between 1960 and 1979 represent the largest opportunity for total carbon emissions reductions. 

Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of CaGBC, said: “This report makes it very clear that targeted strategic investments in existing buildings represent a massive opportunity for significant carbon reductions across the country.

“We are showing how each region can contribute to meeting Canada’s climate change goals through a targeted approach to building retrofit and clean energy.”

To read all of the recommendations, read the report here.

Read about WorldGBC's work on retrofit in existing buildings in Europe through the BUILD UPON project.