The CRI Council is pleased to recommend the following documents to help learn more about resources, sustainability or how to tunnel through the barriers, real or perceived.
Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation
A framework for improving corporate decision-making.
The CEV Guide is a framework designed to enhance business understanding of the benefits and value of ecosystem services like fresh water, food, fiber and natural hazard protection, intended to become mainstream in decisions on economics, by allowing us to achieve benefits for our environment and for businesses themselves”.
By the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
This position paper presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the Construction Recycling Initiative (CRI) task group: A volunteer group formed specifically to examine the state of gypsum recycling
in the National Capital Region, and to help turn this deplorable situation around. And in so doing improve our record on municipal waste, and our environmental impact.
By the Construction Recycling Initiatives Task Group, now the Construction Resource Initiatives Council
Gypsum as an Agricultural Amendment General Use Guidelines
An Examination of Construction, Demolition and Renovation (CRD) Waste Diversion in Canada and Associated Greenhouse Gas Emission Impacts
By the Recycling Council of Ontario
Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication
A Synthesis for Policy Makers
By United Nations Environment Program, 2011 (UNEP)
As waste streams grow and natural resources dwindle, demand for salvaged materials will rise.
We are surrounded by a sea of discarded materials that can be reused in building construction. Think of all those political signboards that we see at election time outside private houses and in other prominent locations. Temporary signs are often made of corrugated plastic that could be used as siding or insulation.
By Mark Gorgolewski, Ryerson University, Toronto
Economical Building Solutions to Offset Soaring Material Prices
Despite major escalations in construction material prices, smart contractors have a tool belt of tactics to offset the soaring costs. This paper will give you 10 insider’s tips for building smarter, saving money and getting the most out of a contractor in today’s economy.
By Leopardo Construction, Chicago IL, www.leopardo.com
Architects are clearly concerned about this topic, but are increasingly becoming aware of the time and resources used in the search for reliable information. This article will assist by highlighting information sources and tools that can help in the search. It will also discuss the relative importance and environmental merits of structural and envelope materials. But perhaps more important will be an effort in the article to step back and look at the broader questions of what constitutes ‘green’, and what sustainability means in the context of building design decisions and material choices
By Wayne Trustee for OAA, MAA, AANB, CMHC
Solid Waste Management – Labour Market Research Study 2010
ECO Canada Labour Market Research investigates current environmental skill and labour trends within the environmental profession and provides up-to-date, timely and relevant insights that can be applied in policy, business, and educational contexts. ble at eco.ca.
By Eco Canada
By the Blacksmith Institute in collaboration with Green Cross Switzerland
The use of environmental product declarations is sweeping the globe, and will create a legal barrier to trade unless the US develops its own EPD structure. Environmental product declarations (EPDs) are ecolabels that measure and disclose the environmental performance of products, much like a nutrition label. The experience in France and in Japan in developing mandatory economy-wide EPDs provides a model to be followed, one that includes legislation, a national database, and sector-specific rule development, all of which exist in embryonic state in the US. The US can and should take up this important work in order to maintain its global competitiveness and to achieve cost-effective environmental improvement.
By Rita Schenck, Institute for Environmental Research and Education
• helps businesses save money.
• creates more environmentally responsible organizations.
• helps create jobs.
By Ontario Electronic Stewardship
created by Ross MacLeod
Developing Construction & Demolition Waste Recovery in Philadelphia
ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) Key Issue Paper on Waste Prevention, Waste Minimization and Resource Management
Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Germany