Members will work with governments to reduce the carbon impact of all commercial buildings from the design stage through to completion.
"Avison Young is thrilled to be the first – and only – commercial real estate services company to join the CII," commented Avison Young’s chair and CEO Mark E. Rose. "This initiative will play a key role in reducing emissions in new and existing buildings across Ontario, including office towers, shopping centres, industrial warehouses and facilities, and other commercial and residential properties.”
The initiative has four action items:
- Build/retrofit the next generation of buildings and infrastructure to meet and surpass new performance standards;
- Develop a method for those in the industry to offset the footprint that building development, construction and operations incur;
- Through research, testing and verification, facilitate rapid industry adoption of chosen strategies; and
- Through investment and collaboration in Ontario, create economic opportunities connected to low-carbon approaches.
“A key part of this effort involves helping our clients reduce their carbon footprints. But our goals also include helping the commercial building sector manage its emissions responsibly for years to come – and our founding membership in the CII puts us on the path towards achieving that aim,” added Rose.
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Avison Young has become a founding partner in the Carbon Impact Initiative, which brings industry leaders together to create long-term strategies that establish low-carbon built environments in Canada.