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Policy Recommendation


Building and Construction

Nearly all stages of design, construction, operation, and eventual disposal of buildings present significant opportunities for green economy growth. High-performing green buildings provide the best value for developers and for the public through both life cycle cost benefits and positive effects on human health and performance. The use of modern landscaping techniques on properties can protect against climate change, reduce the burden on local water management infrastructure, and be aesthetically superior. The use of local products in building can reduce the environmental footprint of construction and bolster local industry. It is important for industry in Newfoundland and Labrador to keep pace with the rest of North America in green building practices – otherwise local skills will become obsolete, local products and services will not meet standards outside of the province, and local forward-thinking firms will have no domestic market to refine and grow their green product and service offerings.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to lead by example and ensure new provincial buildings are built and registered to LEED or comparable standard.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to lead by example and investigate the adoption of ‘BOMA BESt’ certification for existing public sector buildings – as is the federal government’s policy.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to join provincial partners in adopting the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB).

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to investigate pilot building projects using local products and services, e.g. pellet stoves as a renewable heating source.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to provide incentives to builders and developers to use wood products provided by local forestry industry.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to educate customers on the importance of energy efficiency by requiring recent energy audits as part of the sale of homes and buildings.



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