There is unfortunately little doubt as to the damage we have done to the
environment since the dawning of the industrial age. We have used unsafe
building materials, pumped countless toxins into the air, and stunted the
natural development of the land all over the world. While we all wish we could
start over with a clean slate, the next best thing is to learn from our
mistakes and begin taking steps immediately to improve the health and future of
the earth – and those steps begin with each one of us.
Sustainable Construction Design
Sure there are plenty of ways to modernize older structures in a more
ecologically sound way, but today we now have the technology and the
understanding to create buildings which will not only be visually pleasing but
also retain the sound integrity we have come to expect from our traditional building
methods. But what exactly constitutes as environmentally friendly and
The idea is to use products which do not harm the earth and which are
sustainable. There are many other types of sustainable construction design
supplies such as:
Recycled – These are materials
which had been previously used for another purpose which have returned to the
factory and been reprocessed to use in new buildings.
Reusable – This would include
using supplies which can be re-used in the future, or which have already been
used in the past, such as incorporating boards from older buildings into a new
structure instead of throwing them away.
Locally Produced – Utilizing
materials from a local source puts less of a drain on resources which are used
to ship products, and also keep the money spent within the community to ensure
future healthy practices.
Becoming a Member of the Canada Green Building
If you want to do your part to help protect the environment, but aren't
entirely sure where to begin, consider
membership with the CaGBC. The Council is focused on spreading awareness ofsustainable green building methods as
well as facilitating discussions to bring the latest discoveries to its members
while continuously coming up with new ideas to better the planet.
memberships are for companies or organizations, large or small, in the
green building industry. Join as a Specialist member or an Advocate member; these
national memberships for companies extend benefits to all employees.
memberships are for individuals who want to engage with the green building
industry on a local level in one of the eight CaGBC chapter regions across
Green Builder (EGB) memberships are Chapter memberships available for those
new to the industry and under 30 years of age to help nurture their
professional networks and education.
Chapter activities support green building from the grass roots, an
important component in the advancement of the industry, so the CaGBC offers
free Chapter memberships to all employees of national members. All employees of Specialist or Advocate
member companies can claim a membership with their local Chapter for free. There
is no easier way to connect with and build your professional green building
Being a member of such a prestigious organization not only assists you
in becoming a more socially conscious individual, but also makes an unequivocal
statement to customers or clients that you are on board with a healthier earth.
This is something that many potential consumers these days are looking for in
their brands and in who they choose to do business with.