Built Green Canada Launches Communities Program Pilot

As COVID-19 continues, Built Green Canada has launched its communities program pilot, expanding opportunities for developers focused on creating better, healthier homes and communities. The organization is encouraging developers to participate in trials during this phase and a project is already enrolled, courtesy of Averton, which has decided to develop in St. Albert, AB, as a sustainable community. From a building perspective, a community can be defined as a new or existing development addressing the needs of people through diverse infrastructure. The communities' program 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. From an environmental perspective, a sustainable community contributes to climate mitigation and resiliency ??? a necessary consideration beyond health, as the occurrence of natural disasters continues to increase due to climate change. It also contributes to Canada moving closer to meeting its reduced GHG emission targets in the Paris Agreement. To qualify for the 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.