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Green office towers would slash emissions: Panel

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

OTTAWA - The greening of hundreds of thousands of office towers and other commercial buildings in Canada would significantly reduce energy use and curb growth in carbon emissions, says an advisory report for the federal government released Tuesday.

The report provides a "policy pathway" of proposed government regulations, financial incentives for use of clean technology, building energy codes, voluntary environmental construction practices, and education programs aimed at increasing energy efficiency in 440,000 commercial buildings and in thousands to be built in the future. Most energy in the buildings is used for heating, cooling and lighting.

The recommendations are from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, a government-appointed advisory body, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a government-financed foundation that funds clean technology projects...

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