Vancouver is widely regarded as a global centre of excellence in green buildings. Green building design and construction is the second-largest sector under Vancouver’s Green Economy umbrella, driven by progressive, green building policies and international demand for local expertise.
Companies and entrepreneurs are not only working to meet, but are driving far beyond, the City of Vancouver’s and British Columbia’s highly advanced green building standards. Vancouver has innovative, world-leading designers, builders, and manufacturers in mass timber, low-embodied carbon buildings, building deconstruction and circularity, and adaptive and resilient buildings.
Value of the Green Buildings & Construction Industry
As more of Vancouver’s design and construction firms meet globally-recognized green certification standards, sustainable and regenerative buildings are increasingly the norm. As a result, Vancouver’s planners, architects, contractors and engineers are in especially high demand. Drawing from two of Vancouver’s largest employment categories, Professional & Technical Services and Construction, the green buildings sector is driven a a sophisticated and expert workforce. In fact, the green builds sector is the largest employer in Vancouver’s green economy, accounting for over 7,600 jobs.