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Energy Efficiency and Zero-carbon Buildings.
Energy efficiency is crucial to North America’s path to net-zero in the buildings sector. Both the
IEA (International Energy Agency) and the CaGBC (Canadian Green Building Council) define zero-carbon buildings as being highly energy efficient. The CICC (Canadian Institute for Climate Choices) has projected that solutions including improved insulation, higher efficiency windows and improved building design could reduce building energy intensity by 45-55% as of 2050.
ECO Canada Employment Careers Organization has noted that ‘many of the pieces’ required for a transition to energy efficiency in buildings — including materials, technology, processes and equipment — are in place, but that Canada’s building sector workforce does not have the widespread experience or skills required to perform their roles in a manner that achieves energy
ECO Canada has noted that builders, designers and energy specialists and managers will be increasingly required to assist building owners to make choices related to the energy efficient building process. ECO Canada has also noted that the development of energy efficient buildings requires the use of data for activities including the evaluation of design options, prediction of maintenance requirements and assessment of technology installation. It has noted that there will be an increasing demand for digital literacy, as well as for information technology specialists.