You may have or may not have heard the term “LEED certified building”. With so much focus on our environment and climate change, there has been substantial focus placed on building environmentally friendly buildings through the use of environmentally friendly building processes that promote sustainability.
· 35% of all greenhouse gases are generated by buildings
· 35% of landfill waste is from demolition and construction activities
· 70% of municipal water is consumed in and around buildings
LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environment Design” and is a rating system which is recognized throughout 150 countries. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and LEED Canada are reinventing the communities and buildings that Canadians call home.
LEED is a successful design concept and process as it ensures that the sustainability of a building is always put first throughout the design, construction and operation of all LEED certified buildings. There have been over 1,800 LEED certified buildings in Canada since 2004. With over 5,000 registered LEED certified buildings, Canada has the second highest number in the world.