Built Green

What is Built Green?

Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, voluntary program that promotes “green” building practices to reduce the impact building has on the environment.

Built Green is a national organization that works with those interested in responsible sustainability practices within the residential building sector; this includes builders, renovators, product suppliers and manufacturers, service providers and community developers.

What is the definition of a Built Green? The answer, is not really hard to understand.

Sustainable, or “Built Green,” design and construction provide an opportunity to use resources more efficiently, while energy efficiency is a fundamental component in these programs, Built Green Canada goes beyond energy efficiency, moving the industry toward a more holistic approach to sustainable building practices, while creating healthier and more energy-efficient homes and the improvement of home durability. Successful built green leave a lighter footprint on the environment through conservation of resources, while at the same time balancing energy-efficient, cost-effective, low-maintenance products for construction needs. In other words, built green design involves finding the delicate balance between homebuilding and a sustainable environment.

Why Built Green?

The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. 

Potential benefits of green building can include:

Environmental benefits

  • Enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems

  • Improve air and water quality

  • Reduce waste streams

  • Conserve and restore natural resources

Economic benefits

  • Reduce operating costs

  • Create, expand, and shape markets for green product and services

  • Improve occupant productivity

  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Social benefits

  • Enhance occupant comfort and health

  • Heighten aesthetic qualities

  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure

  • Improve overall quality of life