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Institutional incentives and barriers to the construction of green buildings at the University of Waterloo

TitleInstitutional incentives and barriers to the construction of green buildings at the University of Waterloo
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsRichardson, G.
Keywordsefficiency, sustainable buildings, University of Waterloo
Abstract

Canada’s growing student population is placing additional pressure on universities to construct new facilities. This physical expansion has considerable impact on both energy and resource consumption with particular consequences for the destruction of habitat and global warming. To minimize these negative environmental affects, it is important for Canadian universities to tap into internal faculty knowledge and expertise and apply it to increasing the sustainability of their physical operations… This report provides a framework from which university, staff, faculty and students can access and analyze changes to the building barriers and moving forward with sustainable buildings at UW. The first stage should be implemented right away and includes the following actions: High-level university leadership must state green building goals, and increased communication among and between faculty, staff and students, including the development of a Plant Operations web site. The second stage, which will take more time to implement, involves reforming the UW building process to realize financial incentives for efficiency… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca