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Canada Green Building Council to deliver green training

Canadas Green Building Council (CaGBC) will be delivering training in key areas of sustainability in partnership with Urban Green Council, which is part...

Lucy Dixon
|May 31|magazine5 min read

Canada’s Green Building Council (CaGBC) will be delivering training in key areas of sustainability in partnership with Urban Green Council, which is part of the US Green Building Council.

Aimed at trade professionals, Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) consists of a series of courses and certificate exams developed by Urban Green Council that aim to close the gap between conventional and sustainable construction practices.

Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC, said: “It is clear that Canada’s building industry is embracing greener, higher performing buildings as best practice. We are introducing GPRO to meet the demand for trained construction professionals which are knowledgeable and skilled to deliver top quality buildings in the growing green building industry.”

Canada is a global leader in green building with the highest number of LEED buildings per capita in the world. A recent CaGBC report titled Green Buildings in Canada: Assessing the Market Impacts and Opportunities further confirmed this, projecting that LEED projects (those that have certified between 2005 and end of 2015) will generate approximately $62.3 billion in total GDP and create over 701,000 direct jobs over their lifetime.

Builders and operators are already using GPRO certified trained professionals to bring LEED into their projects across the United States and in the Greater Toronto Area. Offering GPRO training nationally means bringing a much-needed set of green skills training to Canada’s construction industry, and in turn supporting Canada’s economic and societal push toward actionable solutions to climate change.

The Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council has been offering GPRO education in the GTA since 2015. The CaGBC is currently preparing course material and will roll-out the first round of national training in the fall of 2016. Certified trained professionals will earn AIA and GBCI credits while completing the training.