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
Some of the
areas of main environmental concerns when considering certification are as
to alternative transportation (public, bike, low emissions vehicles etc.)
development (protecting and restoring natural habitat, and maximizing open
consideration (quantity, and quality control)
water use reduction
reuse (maintaining existing walls, floors, roof, etc.)
air delivery monitoring
emitting materials (adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring, etc.)
of the systems (lights, and thermal)
light and views
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;
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
- 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.
training is provided by the CaGBC and can be conveniently accessed at a site
chosen by the inquirer. Most LEED
courses and workshops are provided in French and English. Check it out today
and start helping to make every building greener.