building starts from the design process and requires knowledgeable engineers
and contractors. There are a growing number of engineers out there today that are
concentrating their focus on green strategies and innovations towards a
cleaner, more efficient environment.
The LEED certification building rating systems
are a voluntary, consensus-based, market driven system. Based on the latest technology, environmental performance is evaluated from an entire
building perspective over its life cycle. LEED provides a rigorous form of checks and balances that encourage the best in green building in design, construction and
are five main environmental sites of which credits are given depending on the
They are listed below, along with examples of what types of factors can contribute to points toward certification.
transportation (low emissions vehicles, close to public transit, bike storage)
development (protect and restore natural habitat, maximize open space)
water use reduction
waste water technologies
Energy and Atmosphere
energy performance (lights, heater/furnace, gas etc)
renewable energy (wind, solar etc.)
Materials and Resources
materials reuse (existing walls, floors, roof and other non-structural
Indoor Environmental Quality
air delivery monitoring/Increased ventilation
materials (adhesives, sealants, paints and other coatings)
- The ability to control systems (lighting, thermal)
Light and views
is an additional category for innovation and design which is up to the
specialized engineer to captain in most cases.
engineers can help on a number of different platforms of the LEED certification
process. From new construction or major renovation to operations and building
management, it is easy to find the right fit for many green building projects
using the CaGBC's new online directory – Canada Builds Green
Canada Builds Green Directory
new online directory consists of a comprehensive list of companies and
organizations in Canada that provide green building products and services.
Being on this list grants exposure to people and organizations
seeking green services, as well as being a great networking tool. Members of
the CaGBC are offered a free basic listing
that indicates organization name or
title, company address and phone number. Members also receive significant
discounts on upgraded listings if they choose to do so.
With its easy to use interface, visitors can
search the directory by name, category or keyword. Acting like an information
hub, the directory allows users to find the organization that has the right fit
for their needs, and makes connecting with them as simple as possible. If you are an engineer focused on LEED or on working in the
green building industry in Canada, you should be listed in this directory.
an active member of Canada's green building industry will have an impact on
your project, your business, your environment and your future. Check out the
to find out how to tap into one of Canada's fastest growing industries.