Sunday, May 26, 2024

Climate Change

ACA has through technology, training, and government advocacy sought to bring about environmental solutions in building envelopes and retrofitting to extend their life and create greener buildings in the process.


You can read ACA’s advocacy to address climate change through the following letters:

AUMA Emergency Management Services

Climate Leadership Submission

ACA Submission to the Energy Efficiency Panel

Energy Retrofits Letter to Alberta Government


You can read past articles related to our positions and comments around environmental advocacy in the following articles featured on our website.

  • Green Construction: Zero Emission Vehicles
    Earlier in the spring of 2018 German manufacturers Intermat introduced a new construction vehicle which packed a powerful punch in a very small package. The all-electric EZ17e mini-excavator. It is one of the first zero emission vehicles of its kind yet it offers power and performance on par with its gas powered cousin. According to
  • ACA Applauds Government Retrofit Program
    Kudos to the Alberta and federal Governments for introducing a cost-shared program for energy retrofits. ACA has been advocating for such programs to facilitate green-house gas emissions from the built environment. This is an excellent first step and ACA encourages continued investment to incent improved efficiencies. Click here for the Government media release. Past advocacy:
  • ACA Advocates for Energy Retrofit Financing
    On March 5, 2018 ACA sent a letter to Environment minister and the Municipal Affairs Minister outlining support for a new financing concept for Clean Energy program known as PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy). This is in alignment with a previous submission for energy retrofits. In ACA’s September 20, 2016 submission to the Energy Efficiency
  • Green Building Council Offers Free GPRO Webinar
    On April 28, 2017 starting at 11 AM, the Green Building Council is offering a free Webinar on GPRO a new certification program for sustainability. Find out what GPRO can offer you and your employees through a live preview of the 12-hour Operations and Maintenance course. GPRO O&M is ideal for property managers and building
  • What The New Carbon Levy Will Mean For Construction
    On January 1, 2017 the carbon levy will go into effect across the province putting a price on carbon output initially at $20 per tonne (approximately 4.5 cents per litre of for gasoline and 5.4 cents a litre for diesel) eventually scheduled to rise to $30 by 2018 (an additional 2.2 cents per litre of
  • Finding New Purpose in Older Structures
    The challenge of building a greener economy is how do we reuse or repurpose older buildings rather than tear them down. An article in Construction Today mentions how finding new uses for old buildings can keep historical landmarks in the present while maintaining the look of the past. “Frequently, clients want to adapt old buildings
  • AB Climate Change Recommendations Released
    The Alberta Government released November 22nd a wide-ranging set of recommendations to address climate change (see report here). Of greatest significance for business opportunities for ACA members is the section regarding energy use in buildings and communities (pages 72-79). ACA will monitor and seek opportunities for input to shape initiatives to address the report recommendations in
  • Alberta Green Building Products and Technologies Mission
    Preparations are underway for the Alberta Green Building Products and Technologies Mission to the 2015 Greenbuild Conference and Expo, scheduled to take place on November 18-20th, 2015 in Washington D.C. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild 2015 Conference and Expo is the world’s premier event dedicated to the business of green building practices, technologies and
  • ACA Submits Recommendations to the Climate Change Panel
    On Friday September 25th the Alberta Construction Association submitted their recommendations to the Alberta Government’s Climate Change Panel. The ACA reinforced to the Government of Alberta that any plan on climate change must take into account differing circumstances of various sectors, and use a variety of approaches to achieve the most cost-effective reduction of greenhouse
  • Energy Code Awareness Sessions Now Online
    The Alberta chapter of Canada Green Building Council and the ACA held workshops regarding energy code awareness across the province and online in April.  Whether you were able to attend or not you can now access presentations online: NECB Introduction What does the NECB mean for the contractor? The webinar recording can be found via our
  • The Alberta Chapter of the Green Building Council Hosts Energy Code Awareness Sessions
    Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council to host 1-2 hour awareness sessions for stakeholders in the commercial construction sector.   These information sessions will discuss the adoption of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) in Alberta. The ACA is working with the Green Building Council to offer these workshops. Speaking at the session will be Cam