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April 13, 2007

Energy used during construction: report

OTTAWA

A recently completed analysis of energy consumption trends in the construction industry constitutes “a good news story,” for the sector, says Canadian Construction Association (CCA) spokesman Jeff Morrison.

The data indicated that energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions decreased by 11 per cent and 12 per cent respectively between 1990 and 2004. At the same time, gross output increased by 37 per cent while gross domestic product rose by 31 per cent.

“What this shows is that the industry still managed to reduce its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions despite the massive growth in construction since 1990,” Morrison said.

The report focused on energy consumed during the actual process of construction.

The review was carried out for CCA and the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation by John Nyboer of the Canadian Industrial Energy End-use Data and Analysis Centre at Simon Fraser University in B.C.

— PATRICIA WILLIAMS

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