Southwest Properties receives Green Building Pioneer Award

During a reception following the Canada Green Building Council’s Atlantic Chapter Conference, Southwest Properties was awarded the Green Building Pioneer Award for 2017 – an award that recognized Southwest’s contributions towards the CaGBC Atlantic Chapter’s mission and goals of accelerating green building in Atlantic Canada. 

This award goes to a deserving individual or team who demonstrates an innovative approach to the advancement of green building technology, products, design and performance. As a result, their unique passion pushes the industry, their competitors, customers and employees towards continuous improvement ultimately helping the CaGBC achieve its ultimate goal of every building greener. 

Southwest achieved LEED® Gold Certification for new construction with The Grainery Lofts.  This achievement marked the first privately owned and developed, multi-residential building east of Montreal to achieve LEED® Gold status. 
Southwest Properties is now targeting LEED® Gold certification for MAPLE, the newest residential development in downtown Halifax –  making it the largest residential project in the region to do so. Guiding principles for MAPLE include smart growth strategies, new urbanism and green building practices to ensure the creation of a sustainable, beautiful and livable building. 

The award was presented as part of the CaGBC Atlantic Chapter’s BuildGreen Atlantic Conference at the WTCC in Halifax on Monday, September 25, 2017.   

A total of seven leadership awards were handed out recognizing individual and organizational leadership at our Conference Closing. 

Other awards received included:  

Excellence in Green Building – New Construction Il Trullo Restaurant 
Excellence in Green BuildingExisting Building NSCC – Leeds St. Campus 
Green Building PioneerSouthwest Properties 
Inspired Educator UPEI School of Sustainable Design 
Emerging Green LeaderNatasha Pearce 
Volunteer LeadershipChapter – Matthew Jarsky 
Government LeadershipHousing Nova Scotia

About Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
CaGBC ( is the leading national organization dedicated to advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. As the voice of green building in Canada, we work closely with our national and chapter members in an effort to make every building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through project certification, advocacy and research, and has helped meet the demand for skilled workers by providing green building education to over 20,000 professionals across the country since 2002. CaGBC is the license holder of the LEED® green building rating system in Canada and launched the country’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard on May 29, 2017. CaGBC also supports the WELL Building Standard and GRESB in Canada, oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools, and is a member of the World Green Building Council.


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