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Buildings key to Canada’s clean-energy future

By Avis Devine      

Canadian real estate, including both residential and commercial, accounts for more than 40 per cent of total energy consumption. Given this sizeable usage and emission footprint for the built world, the sector should be an area of focus for Canadian governments as they try to stem energy usage.

By financially supporting building projects that are environmentally sustainable, the Canadian federal government is 'underscoring its public policy commitment, while at the same time helping to make such ambitious structures possible,' says Avis Devine. Pascual Flores photograph courtesy of the U.S. Air Force
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In Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr’s recent piece in these pages on the Generation Energy conference, he cites three things Canadians can do to work towards Canada’s clean-energy future: expand and improve renewable energy sources; decrease the greenhouse gas footprint of non-renewable energy consumption; and use less of both. When it comes to addressing the third point, buildings are key. Canadian real estate, including both residential and commercial, accounts for more than 40 per cent of total energy

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