We all know the importance of the environment and our impact
on it. What most people don't realize is that there are many ways to improve
the performance of our current buildings without demolishing them and starting
from scratch. LEED® Canada Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB: O&M) offers building owners and operators a way to
measure energy and water consumption. Once you are measuring and know what you are dealing with, goals can be set to reduce the amount of
greenhouse gases and the consumption rates of utilities, and actions can be
taken to improve the overall efficiency of the building.
Developing Sustainable Projects
Buildings generate up to 35 per cent of all greenhouse gases, 35 per
cent of landfill waste comes from construction and demolition
activities, and 80 per cent of all water is consumed in and around
buildings. It’s clear that making buildings greener can have a
significant impact on larger environmental goals.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED)
is the international mark of excellence for green buildings in 132 countries. Designing, building and operating building to these stringent standards demonstrates how committed you and your team are to the wellbeing of our environment - inside and outside.
There are rating systems
for New Construction, Core and Shell, Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings, Neighbourhoods and Homes
. The entire gamut of construction is covered so there are green opportunities for everyone. LEED v4 has just been released in Canada and sets the stage for the next step in the continuous improvement of the LEED rating systems.
is the way to go. If you want to own or operate a building that is an
energy efficient, healthy environment in which to work or live and
recognize the value of bearing the international mark of excellence you
must let LEED show the way to the top. Reach out the team at the CaGBC.
They hold sole license for LEED in Canada and are the go to
organization when it comes to green building.