|June 12, 2006|
CEC names green building advisory panel
|Montreal, Canada - A new study on 'the challenges and opportunities for green building in North America' will be undertaken by 20-member advisory group chosen by the cross-border Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). |
The newly formed group will provide advice to the CEC on the design and development of the study, to be entitled Green Building in North America: Opportunities and Challenges.
According to the commission, buildings consume an estimated 65 percent of all electricity generated, 40 percent of raw materials and generate about 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions; and yet green building represents only a small fraction of new construction in North America.
The study will attempt to answer questions on specific difficulties and success factors, and outline measures for the public and private sector to encourage green building practices. Recommendations will also be provided to the CEC Council, which consists of the top environment officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The advisory group consists of experts related to the broad spectrum of green building issues, including developers and architects, sustainable energy experts, real estate appraisers and brokers, and local and national government representatives.
Members of the group are: