Built Green Canada launches Communities Program Pilot

Built Green Canada is expanding opportunities for developers focused on creating better, healthier homes and communities by launching its Communities Program pilot.

The organization is encouraging developers to participate in trials during this phase, and a project is already enrolled, courtesy of Averton, who has decided to develop Midtown in St. Albert as a sustainable community.

While the Communities Program was already in progress, the pandemic prompted Built Green to ready this as a pilot. The initiave’s framework takes a holistic approach to development, consistent with Built Green’s other third-party certified programs, and focuses on the optimization of health, resiliency, lifecycle sustainability, new urbanism, greenhouse emissions, green spaces and resource consumption.

“Though we understand the COVID-19 pandemic extends far beyond a health crisis, the trajectory of our communities and economies is difficult to anticipate, recover from and prepare for, should future waves come. What we can expect is a continued emphasis on health and well-being—inside our homes and the communities in which we live”, says Built Green’s CEO Jenifer Christenson. “Meanwhile, economic recovery dominates public discourse.”

To qualify for the Communities program pilot, the project must consist of three or more buildings, and at least 50 per cent of these structures must contain residential units.

The program’s checklist of options considers site location, layout and design, energy systems, water management, materials and waste management, health and wellness, and business practices and innovation.

“Consistent with the framework of Built Green’s other programs, the Communities program was created to provide a simple, well-researched, independent, and impactful approach to sustainable communities,” says Integral Group Principal and Chair of Built Green’s Technical Standards Committee, Matt Grace. “We hope developers will find it easy to use and instinctive, while providing valuable guidance and direction.”

For more information, visit: builtgreencanada.ca/communities

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