Green Building Contractor Program



Project Completion Date

December 2008

Project Type

Light House Services


Western Economic Development Canada




Design Team

Project Summary

Green Building Contractor Program, Primary and Secondary Research, Needs Analysis, Curriculum Development, “Little Green Site Book”, course instruction. The advent of green building rating systems and enhanced performance reporting for building design, construction and operation has resulted in the emergence of new roles for traditional project superintendents and on-site decision-makers. Reporting to the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, the City of Surrey, WorkSafe BC, Kwnatlen Trades and Technology College. Light House examined the occupation of the project superintendent who is traditionally the decision-maker on the building site and how that occupation is affected by the move towards achieving significant energy efficiency and emissions reduction targets in buildings. Builders are not only seen as the most affected, but as one of the key occupations that could have a significant impact in achieving the targets. Through primary (elite interviews, “tailgate” conversations) and secondary data collection, listing available training programs, incentives, projects in the pipeline, this project identified the skills gaps within the construction labour market. The project involved consultation with a wide group of stakeholders from established construction organizations, governments, educational institutions, industry associations, apprenticeship programs and trades organizations. The report comprised a detailed synthesis of the primary and secondary research, a program needs analysis leading to a suite of key recommendations. It summarized the state of the industry, skills gaps, pricing strategy for a continuing education program targeting young professionals. Curriculum was developed for a 2 day “train the trainer” program which complemented the WorkSafe BC site safety program and which included a handy back-pocket resource: the “Little Green Site Book”. The program continues to be delivered in partnership with the Vancouver Regional Construction Association as part of their Excellence in Sustainable Construction program.