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Sustainable 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.
If you are thinking about joining this effort, there are several ways to go about it. One of the most effective is to connect with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) which is the sole license holder of LEED® (Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design) in Canada, a system of green building certification for building projects that is recognized internationally, in over 132 countries.
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 operation.
There are five main environmental sites of which credits are given depending on the performance.
They are listed below, along with examples of what types of factors can contribute to points toward certification.
Site Sustainability
  • Construction pollution prevention
  • Alternative transportation (low emissions vehicles, close to public transit, bike storage)
  • Site development (protect and restore natural habitat, maximize open space)
  • Light Pollution reduction
Water Efficiency
  • Overall water use reduction
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Innovative waste water technologies
Energy and Atmosphere
  • Optimize energy performance (lights, heater/furnace, gas etc)
  • On-site renewable energy (wind, solar etc.)
  • Enhanced refrigerant management
  • Green power
Materials and Resources
  • Building materials reuse (existing walls, floors, roof and other non-structural elements)
  • Construction waste management
  • Recycled content
  • Regional materials
  • Rapidly renewable materials
  • Certified wood
Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Outdoor air delivery monitoring/Increased ventilation
  • Low-emitting materials (adhesives, sealants, paints and other coatings)
  • The ability to control systems (lighting, thermal)
  • Overall thermal comfort/system
  • Natural Light and views
There is an additional category for innovation and design which is up to the specialized engineer to captain in most cases.
Green 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
This 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.
Being 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 CaGBC to find out how to tap into one of Canada's fastest growing industries.
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