UBC Graduate Research

The role of government in creating green buildings Boehm, Andreas


While green buildings and green communities are at the centre of discussion regarding how people can reduce their carbon footprints while making a positive change for the future, legislative components that drive these ideas are often overlooked. For many, the implementation of green buildings is market defined; as consumers demand green buildings as their homes, offices, and hotels, producers provide the green alternatives they are looking for. The problem with green buildings, however, is that there are many different methods in which developers and property managers can meet market demand. With governments focusing on reducing their environmental impacts and creating standards and practices for natural resources, energy, and development, a barrier exists between business and government despite both pursuing similar goals. This issue is of particular concern in Canada, where the housing industry has been late to embrace new green technologies and governments, especially Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, have not worked together or with business to create standards that address their goal of reducing energy consumption and emissions. This paper hopes to highlight where current inefficiencies exist between business and government in addition to pinpointing what successful approaches have worked in the international community. This paper also provides an analysis and offers options for all stakeholders to explore if they wish to meet their commitments of becoming participants of the green real estate marketplace.

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