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LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is a green building rating system delivered by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). It is a voluntary process that is consensus-based, and market driven. Broken down, the process is based on existing and proven technology, which is evaluated for environmental performance on an entire building perspective over its total lifecycle. The result is becoming certified to a certain level (certified, silver, gold, platinum), which accredits the building to its positive environmental impact. The process ultimately provides a definitive standard for what constitutes a green building in design, construction, and operation.
 
Some of the areas of main environmental concerns when considering certification are as follows;
 
Site Sustainability
  • Site selection
  • Close to alternative transportation (public, bike, low emissions vehicles etc.)
  • Site development (protecting and restoring natural habitat, and maximizing open space)
  • Stormwater consideration (quantity, and quality control)
  • Light pollution reduction
Water Efficiency
  • Overall water use reduction
  • Innovative wastewater technologies
  • Water efficient landscaping
Energy and Atmosphere
  • Optimize energy performance
  • On-site renewable energy
  • Enhanced refrigerant management
  • Measurement and verification
  • Green power
Materials and Resources
  • Building reuse (maintaining existing walls, floors, roof, etc.)
  • Construction waste management
  • Recycled content
  • Regional materials
  • Certified wood
Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Outdoor air delivery monitoring
  • Increased ventilation
  • Low emitting materials (adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring, etc.)
  • Controllability of the systems (lights, and thermal)
  • Natural light and views
Innovation in Design
  • Innovation in design
  • LEED accredited professional
Becoming LEED Accredited
 
LEED professional credentials demonstrate to the industry the possession of all the current knowledge and technologies of the green building market. Professionals have the best practices, and know the rapidly evolving LEED rating system very well. There are different levels which are described below;
  • LEED Green Associate– This is for professionals who support green building design, construction, and operations. The LEED Green Associate credential proves the basic knowledge of green building principles, practices, and the LEED rating system itself.
  • LEED AP BD+C – For professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high performance, healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings.
  • LEED AP O+M – For professionals participating in the operation and maintenance of existing buildings that implement sustainable practices and reduce the environmental impact of a bulding over its functional life cycle.
  • LEED AP ID+C – For professionals participating in the design and construction of environmentally responsible, high-performance commercial spaces and tenant improvements that provide healful, productive places to work and are less costly to operate and maintain.
  • LEED AP HOMES – For professionals participating in design and construction of high-performance green homes that use less energy, water, and natural resources. These homes also create less waste, and are more healthful and comfortable for the occupants.
  • LEED AP ND – For professionals and green engineers participating in the design and development of neighbourhoods that meet the acceptable high lebvels of environmentally responsible, sustainable, development. LEED Fellow- The LEED Fellow designation was developed to recognize distinguished LEED APs who have made significant contributions to the movement.
Certification training is provided by the CaGBC and can be conveniently accessed at a site chosen by the inquirer. Most LEED certification training courses and workshops are provided in French and English. Check it out today and start helping to make every building greener.
 
Contact the CaGBC for all the information you need about becoming an accredited LEED professional or building a LEED project.
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