Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) was established in 2002 as a not-for-profit, non-share, capital corporation. Leveraging the expertise of our hands-on members as practitioners as well as our industry network, SBC delivers a number of core activities which include education, training, research, and program services to utility, government, and agencies. Supported by a Board representing sector stakeholders, SBC seeks to enhance the energy and environmental performance of the built environment independent from the alignment with rating systems or related assessment tools.
What We Do
SBC works with government agencies and utilities to advance the state of the built environment, and the communities in which they reside. Over the years, SBC has participated in and contributed to a broad array of key policy and program initiatives related to the building code, municipal sustainability standards, and programs, as well as the foundational research which has informed and implemented them.
Figure 1 confirms that buildings, both residential and commercial, have an impact of 31% of total energy consumption, which contributes 28% of the total greenhouse gas production.
Our Mission and Vision
SBC is dedicated to its pivotal role as a market catalyst to advance the environmental and energy performance of the built environment. We strive to engage stakeholders in an inclusive and collaborative process to advance this agenda. This mission has two important elements. The first is to improve the energy performance of the building itself. The second expands beyond the building to the broader realm of the community, and includes low impact development as well as community-based planning and energy systems.
Energy Use In Canada
Canada has among the highest global per capita energy consumption. As Canada’s population continues to grow (there has been a 35% increase in households from 1990 to 2009), so does the demand for housing and energy.
In the residential sector, several key metrics point to a trend of increasing energy use based on increased floor space per family, the number of appliances used, and the penetration of air conditioning. These trends highlight the importance of building performance standards, programs, and labelling to assist in improving the performance of new building stock and to thoughtfully integrate the surrounding communities into the natural environment.
* Statistics and image from Natural Resources Canada