Zero Waste construction certification is specific to an individual construction project that has formally been recognized for following internationally accepted Zero Waste principles and practices. The process begins by analyzing and understanding a project’s demolition, renovation and all construction activities that support the creation of a built space (single or multiple buildings) on a single property in order to introduce a system of feedback that will inform targeted actions. The intent is for key decision makers to recognize and identify opportunities for waste and toxins to be avoided throughout the design and construction process, ensure the proper management of discards and toxic materials that are generated during the demolition phase or have not been avoided during the construction phase, as well as avoiding future waste generation if a building requires demolishing in the future.
Zero Waste Canada is the Canadian National Affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA). The Zero Waste certification process offers formal validation of the efforts of responsible construction projects, thus also serving the larger purpose of differentiating genuine and documented applications of the term “Zero Waste” from inconsistent or misleading ones.
Ultimately, the building owner will apply for the Project Certification, however, the criteria for ON THE ROAD RECOGNITION and PILOT CERTIFICATION are activities under the scope of the General Contractor. The General Contractor will be recognized on the certificate of recognition or certification.
The Zero Waste Construction Certification is currently in the pilot stage. To inquire about how to register your project for the pilot, or receive information, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Note: All organizations going through the pilot will receive a certificate of contribution towards the development of the certification. Those who meet the criteria will receive either the ON THE ROAD RECOGNITION, PILOT CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION, or the ZERO WASTE CONSTRUCTION PILOT CERTIFICATION.
The road to ZERO WASTE CERTIFICATION begins by achieving ON THE ROAD TO ZERO WASTE recognition. As a construction project works towards certification, the project will be formally recognized by Zero Waste Canada with ON THE ROAD TO ZERO WASTE recognition status, granted that the recognition criteria continue to be met. Recognition status acknowledges that a project has the core planning structures in place that will enable the project to achieve the desired level of ZERO WASTE CERTIFICATION. By meeting the recognition criteria projects are able to demonstrate their acknowledgement of the challenge, and their commitment towards achieving Zero Waste.
Upon achieving a minimum level of achievement within ON THE ROAD TO ZERO WASTE recognition. In addition to receiving their ON THE ROAD TO ZERO WASTE recognition, an additional Certification of Achievement will be awarded to the project.
Following the achievement of ON THE ROAD TO ZERO WASTE recognition, the process towards ZERO WASTE CERTIFICATION may begin.
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