Canada certification assures that your building meets the criteria set out in
the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Once your project or
building is certified, you can confidently market it as a greener building
solution. The Canada Green Building Council holds the sole license for LEED
Canada and assures that your projects
and buildings are green and sustainable through LEED certification. There are
several levels of certification. Let's take a look at each level
qualifications, and what it means to your green building.
This is the
first level of LEED certification. In order to achieve this certification level
your building must score 40-49 of a possible 100 points on the rating scale.
Rating of your building is done in five categories; sustainable sites,
water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor
environmental quality. Each category has outcomes that must be rated and given
a numerical value.
level of certification requires you to obtain s score of 50-59 on the rating
scale. Each of the five areas on the rating system is broken down in to
outcomes that must be met, and each one of these is assigned a point value.
Sustainable sites, for instance, will rate on such things as site selection,
alternative transportation, reduced site disturbance and storm water
management, to name a few.
level is achieved when you score between 60-79 points. Another one of the areas
on the rating scale is water efficiency. In this rating, the LEED accredited
professionals will rate on such things as water efficient landscaping,
innovative wastewater technologies and water use reduction. Since this
particular category only has a few items that are rated, it is beneficial to
get the allotted points for each item in this classification.
platinum level is the highest level your building can achieve. This is a highly
sought after rating in the greener building initiative as this shows your
potential building occupants that you really care about their health and
comfort as well as the environment in which we live. Energy and atmosphere are
rated on the LEED scale, and some of the items that are taken in to
consideration are: optimized energy performance, renewable energy, ozone
protection and green power to name a few.
Final Ratings Considerations
ratings considerations not listed above are Materials and Resource, and Indoor
Environmental Quality. Materials and resource looks as such items as;
construction waste management which rates the percentage of waste diverted from
the landfill, resource reuse which would look at building materials that have
been repurposed, recycled content, and also regional materials which takes a
look at the use of materials that have been manufactured locally or in very
close proximity to the building site. Indoor environmental quality may seem to
be one of the most important considerations to the final occupants of the
building. People are becoming more aware of the effect good air quality can
have on your overall health, and development in children. This could be why
this particular rating category has several outcomes that are rated. A few of
those are: environmental tobacco smoke control, carbon dioxide monitoring,
ventilation effectiveness, and low emitting materials such as paint and
adhesives, to name a few.
As you can
see, the LEED rating system is very thorough
, and sets out to maintain a
standard of excellence that is maintained across the board. This system leaves
nothing to guess work as it is set up in easy to understand language. With a
system this easy to follow, and green living becoming so popular, achieving a
platinum LEED rating should be your ultimate building goal.