About Built Green Canada
Built Green Canada is a national, industry-driven organization committed to working with builders interested in responsible sustainability practices in the residential building sector. The organization offers programs for single family and high density, with a renovation program in pilot, and a communities program under development. Built Green Canada offers its programs across the country; however, in Ontario, the programs are referred to as "Green Seal".
Committed to the integrity of its programs, Built Green Canada provides learning opportunities that allow for continuous improvements to building practices, participation affordability and third-party certification, which requires builders to contract Certified Energy Advisors to assess the effectiveness of the systems in the home.
While energy efficiency is a fundamental component of these programs, integrating the EnerGuide label through Natural Resources Canada, Built Green Canada goes beyond energy efficiency, moving the industry toward a more holistic approach to sustainable building practices. An approach that includes the preservation of natural resources, reduction of pollution, ventilation and air quality, and the improvement of home durability. As such, members and their customers get a two-in-one: the BUILT GREEN® seal and the EnerGuide label.
This holistic approach means using advanced building technologies that consider the home as a system or a sum of its parts—everything from site orientation, building materials, HVAC equipment, windows, water and electrical consumption, and builder practices. These component parts all contribute to the way Built Green Canada teaches builders how to use the latest technologies to ensure a healthier, more durable home with a lower environmental impact, costs savings to the homebuyer and choices they can make on how to have a greener home.
Built Green Canada began in 2003, and has grown its representation to include Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, and has now expanded into Manitoba. Built Green Canada is based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Since our inception, builders have worked with us to complete over 26,900 BUILT GREEN® certified homes represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario—including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 27,350. Together, we are leading the way in sustainability performance for residential home construction.