LEED Construction – Gain Exposure and Environmental Awareness with LEED Certification

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The Green Building Standard
The current international green building standard benchmark is the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings system. Many building projects are submitted for LEED certification because of the increased recognition and market value that it has been proven to provide. The LEED construction and certification process looks at multiple elements of the building in order to provide an overall rating. This rating is based on how the building systems work together to increase efficiency and reduce waste.
The holistic approach to building that is necessary to achieve LEED certification recognizes performance in a number of different areas. These areas include factors that contribute to both environmental awareness as well as human health. The LEED certification rating for the building is based on measurable performance in the following areas:
  • Sustainable site development
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water efficiency
  • Materials used
  • Indoor air quality testing
There are four different levels of LEED certification that are possible. There is a basic certification that shows the building has successfully attained the lowest level of LEED certification. Higher certifications include the Silver, Gold and Platinum levels.
Canada Green Building Council
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is an organization that is known for advocating and transforming building standards to promote a sustainable future. The CaGBC is the sole license holder for LEED in Canada and responsible for adapting the Canadian LEED ratings system which takes into account the climates, building practices and codes that apply to Canadian buildings.
The Canadian LEED ratings system has been developed (and continues to be updated) using the recommendations and input from CaGBC members, stakeholders and other industry experts. A project can be submitted for LEED certification if it matches one of the existing project profiles in the ratings system. These existing profiles provide eligibility checklists to help submitters determine if the project will meet the minimal requirements for certification before beginning the certification process.
Some of the profiles and rating systems available include:
  • New Construction – applies to new constructions and major renovations of existing buildings (including commercial and multi-unit residential)
  • Core and Shell – applies to buildings that will have less than half of the building up to LEED certification requirements before the certification process.
  • Commercial Interiors – applies to tenant improvement steps taken to create green interiors that improve workplace conditions.
  • Existing Buildings – applies LEED ratings to only the operation and maintenance of the building and does not rate the building on its construction.
The Benefits of LEED Certification
Becoming a corporate member of the CaGBC and submitting a project for LEED certification has many valuable benefits. LEED certification has been shown to increase market value and greatly enhance the company's public profile as a green business. CaGBC members receive discounts on the fees associated with receiving LEED certification. They also receive high levels of exposure from a free profile listing on the exclusive Canada Builds Green Directory. This directory is the leading listing of green companies and organizations across Canada.
Find out how to promote your project profile by becoming LEED construction certified.Contact the CaGBC and discover how to gain maximum exposure for your green building project today.
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