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Greenest Building Already Exists

The National Trust for Canada believes that the adaptation and wise use of our existing built environment can provide powerful solutions for our environmental and energy challenges.

Reusing older buildings saves the destruction of natural resources and habitat, saves the energy used to transport and process them to create new construction materials, and saves more green space from development.

  • Construction and demolition waste makes up over 30% of the total waste Canadians produce.
  • Construction, operation and demolition of Canada’s buildings account for about 40% of our energy use and vast amounts of other natural resources.

Reducing this resource dependency and greenhouse gas emissions is crucial for our future sustainability.

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