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2019 Keynote Session

Breakfast, Keynote & Industry Awards

June 13, 2019,

Room 206 CDEF

The Annual Industry Awards recognizes achievements, contributions, and leadership within the Canadian Real Estate and Building Maintenance Industries under the specific award category entitled — Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution


Thomas Mueller

Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon

The cost of not adopting zero carbon buildings grows with each passing day. There needs to be a business case to support uptake of zero carbon buildings in the public and private sectors in Canada. With this in mind, the CaGBC worked with several funding partners to study the incremental capital and lifecycle costs associated with zero carbon building design and construction of  seven building types in six cities in Canada. Through his overview of this study, Mr. Mueller will explain that zero carbon buildings can be achieved with existing market-ready technologies and that operating cost savings will cover the needed investments.  

Thomas Mueller, MA, Hon FRAIC, LEED® AP, President & CEO Canada Green Building Council.


Thomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive Officer, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives. In 2018, he was appointed as CEO of Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI CA) to deliver advanced performance standards to the industry.

As a past Board member of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), and as a Board member of Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), he supports the transition toward green building and cities at home and globally.

Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings, sustainable community development and market-based solutions for carbon emissions reduction. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on climate change and broader sustainability solutions and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.

He is currently participating in a number of initiatives and groups including the WorldGBC Global CEO Network, and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at UBC.

Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

For his green building work, Thomas has received numerous awards. Most recently, he became a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 Award and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2016.

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