The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that the 2018 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award competition is now open. CaGBC initiated the Product of the Year award in 2015 to encourage Canadian companies to develop sustainable building products and materials to better support the green building industry. For the third year, the Award is sponsored by UL Environment, an independent product safety testing, certification and inspection organization.
“This is our fourth year recognizing a Green Building Product of the Year, and each year the calibre of submissions increases,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “We encourage Canadian manufacturers and technology providers to submit their innovative products which support the transition to a low carbon economy, promote health and wellness of occupants, or improve overall environmental performance of buildings.”
Product submissions are assessed based on four key areas: sustainability, transparency and verification, innovation, and application. Full criteria can be found by visiting the Award webpage. Entrants to the competition must be a National CaGBC member to apply, and the product must be manufactured or designed in Canada to be eligible (services and software are not eligible). A jury of experts from across Canada will to decide on this year’s winner. Deadline to submit is February 13, 2018.
The top three entrants will be asked to provide a short video about their product that will be shown to delegates at Building Lasting Change 2018, CaGBC’s National Conference and Showcase, taking place this year from June 5 to 7 at Toronto’s Beanfield Centre. The winner will be presented with the award at the Leadership Awards Gala in Toronto on June 6. The winner also gains the right to use the CaGBC Product of the Year crest on its marketing materials and product website. This crest is only available to one winning project each year, making it an exclusive signifier of a truly green product.
Winners will also have a detailed case study on the CaGBC website. Potential applicants can view the submittal process and more about the Award by visiting the Product of the Year webpage, or by beginning the application process here.