New Study from Columbia Institute Finds Exciting Potential for Job Growth in Building Trades as Canada Moves to Low-Carbon Economy
VANCOUVER, B.C., Aug. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Columbia Institute released a landmark study: Jobs for Tomorrow – Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions. Commissioned by Canada’s Building Trades Unions, this study explores the historic role of Canada’s construction industry and potential for low-carbon economy job growth as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Meeting Canada’s climate goals could generate millions of jobs in the building trades by 2050.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is investing up to $15.8 million in 13 projects that will drive innovation in early-stage research and development for advanced building technologies and systems that will serve as a foundation for future technological developments and reductions in building energy consumption.
The outcomes and advancements of the selected technologies will ultimately result in improving the efficiency of the nation’s buildings and help American consumers and businesses save energy and money on their utility bills, according to the agency.
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Green building in New Mexico took a big step in 2004 when then-Gov. Bill Richardson declared New Mexico the “Green Energy State” and organized the Green Building Task Force. In 2007, the Sustainable Building Tax Credit was adopted, allowing all types of construction to take advantage of the tax credit, from affordable housing to schools to single family homes.
Residential construction continues to take advantage of the tax credit, helping bring value to the housing market.
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED green building rating system, and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the organization that certifies all LEED projects globally, have announced that Savona, Italy, which is home to more than 62,000 people, is the first city in Europe registering for its LEED for Cities program. LEED for Cities combines sustainability, social equity and human experience with technology and analytics and is based on LEED – the world’s most widely used program for green buildings and communities.
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CONCORD, N.H. Four colleges in three New England states are working together to train students and make it easier for them to create programs for their region’s growing green building and resilient design industries. The Ecovation Hub Education and Training Consortium brings together Anticoch University New England and Keene State College in New Hampshire, Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts and the School for International Training in Vermont. It’s part of a larger effort to help the region’s economy recover from the closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in 2014 by turning the area into a green economy hub.
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Chicago’s offices have gone green. The windy city now has the highest percentage of certified LEED or Energy Star office buildings, 66 percent, among the 30 largest real estate markets in the U.S., according to a study published on Thursday by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University.
Chicago increased its percentage of green office space square footage by 6.5 percent in the last year, taking the top spot away from San Francisco, which slipped to second place in the annual study. In San Francisco, green buildings represent almost 62 percent of commercial office space.
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