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Project and Development Services (PDS) Commissioning & Building Analytics (CBA) Canadian green building performance requirements Green building performance policy is expected to become a reality for Canadian building owners and managers in the near future. Already, many municipalities in the United States have begun to adopt building environmental standards. In 2005, New York City led the charge, implementing many green laws, including Local Law 86, which requires construction and reconstruction projects to have a LEED Silver rating, as well as to use energy and water more efficiently than minimum code requirements. The law states: "(i) the construction of a new building, (ii) an addition to an existing building, or (iii) the substantial reconstruction of an existing building shall be designed and constructed to comply with green building standards not less stringent than the standards prescribed for buildings designed in accordance with the LEED green building rating system." Since the legislation's introduction, NYC has seen significant results. By 2012, Local Law 86 helped reduce yearly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2,021 metric tonnes, reduced 5,720,322 gallons of annual water use, removed 7,666,800 gallons of runoff, and saved $883,389 USD worth of annual energy costs. Don't wait for Green Policy; Why should you care about Green Building Performance Requirements? In Canada, British Columbia (BC) is quickly positioning itself as a leader of green-certification by implementing BOMA Building Environmental Standards (BOMA BESt), a Canadian program that provides energy and environmental performance standards for existing buildings. Using the BOMA BESt system, BC is actively attempting to certify its existing office buildings in an attempt to meet policies such as the BC Greenhouse Gas Reductions Act (2007) as building utilities account for 66.0 percent of the Province's energy consumption and 41.0 percent of its total GHG emission. Canada has consistently shown a strong commitment to cutting GHGs. In 2014, it attended the 20 th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Canada also actively worked on decreasing emissions by 5.1 percent between 2005 and 2012. Modeling its program based on the proven success of New York City, BC's commitment to environmental ideals and Canada's passion for environmental responsibility, mandating green certification of Canadian office buildings is becoming increasingly probable and could help to address climate change, energy and water consumption, and waste generation.

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