Ottawa, ON – January 16, 2018 – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is pleased to announce 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.
CaGBC (www.cagbc.org) is the leading national organization dedicated to advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. As the voice of green building in Canada, we work closely with our national and chapter members in an effort to make every building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through project certification, advocacy and research, and has helped meet the demand for skilled workers by providing green building education to over 30,000 professionals across the country since 2002. CaGBC established the LEED® green building rating system in Canada and developed the country’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard in 2017. It also oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools, and is a member of the World Green Building Council supporting international efforts to reduce environmental impacts from the built environment.