climate change

GBCI Canada created to rev up green building

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) are forming a Canadian joint venture called Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada).

Beginning in early 2018, GBCI Canada will deliver all of the current and future GBCI offerings including certification and professional credentialing services for LEED v4, WELL, SITES, PEER, Parksmart, Zero Waste and GRESB in Canada. The new organization is being established to more effectively support the Canadian market.

Both organizations will be managed by CaGBC President and CEO, Thomas Mueller, to ensure seamless integration and the effective advancement of both organizations. Through growth of various programs and services, revenue from GBCI Canada will support CaGBC’s mission. LEED will remain well-supported in Canada. CaGBC will continue to certify all LEED Canada projects. GBCI Canada will deliver LEED v4 and all GBCI rating systems via LEED Online and Arc, using Canadian staff and knowledge to provide support.

“The urgency of addressing climate change requires bold and innovative new approaches to doing business,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, CaGBC. “Forming GBCI Canada is a critical step in CaGBC and GBCI’s strategy to scale up green building market transformation and impact. Members of the CaGBC, and the industry at large, will benefit from this new organization dedicated exclusively to the delivery, enhanced service and market support of a broader range of green business solutions.”

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Through its rigorous certification and credentialing standards, GBCI drives the adoption of green business practices that foster global competitiveness and enhance environmental performance and human health benefits.

“GBCI and CaGBC complement each other by bringing unique strengths to the joint venture that together will help accelerate market transformation one project at a time,” said GBCI President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam.

This new venture will serve to facilitate the growth of USGBC’s LEED program and GBCI rating systems and provide additional on-the-ground support for the country. GBCI Canada is now the third incorporation of GBCI including GBCI Europe and GBCI India, but the first partnership with an established green building council.

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