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Carbon-neutral construction is no pipe dream

from The Vancouver Sun

Construction is — and will remain — a major contributor to B.C.'s economic growth. By 2017, the industry is forecast to account for six per cent of provincial gross domestic product and 10 per cent of the workforce. At the same time, buildings and the construction process are also major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and waste production. We believe that this entwining of economic and environmental impact demands that the construction process become far more sustainable to help secure a viable future for us, and the generations to come. The full environmental impact of buildings and the construction process may not readily be recognized or known. For example, the City of Vancouver's 2008 Green House Gas Emissions (GHG) Inventory calculates that the city's buildings account for 55 per cent of the city's GHG emissions. more

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