Retrofit Buildings Performance – Benchmarks to Better Your Performance

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Think Green
If you're looking for the best, most reputable way to attain great energy and water efficiency in your building, you must consider LEED®.  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in over 132 countries. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is the largest network of green building professionals in Canada and holds the sole license for LEED in the country. 
You can't manage what you don't measure
Sustainability is at the heart of LEED. Throughout design, construction and operation plans must be in place and followed to ensure that projects truly live up to the LEED standards. There are many reasons to go green. Green buildings offer a  healthier work environment, reduce waste, conserve energy, decrease water consumption, drive innovation and ultimately save money in the long run. To meet the needs of different building types and projects there are several different rating systems:
  • New Construction
  • Core and Shell
  • Commercial Interiors
  • Neighbourhoods
  • Homes
  • Existing Buildings
LEED Canada for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EB: O&M) is uniquely designed for the operation stage of the life cycle of the building rather than the design and construction stages.  Measuring and tracking things like whole-building cleaning and maintenance, recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs and systems upgrades allow building owners, operators and managers to stay on track and continue optimum performance - saving money and resources. 
Owners and Operators Care About Benchmarking
Since 2005, LEED Canada has saved 1,600,321 eMWh which is enough to power 54,307 home in Canada for an entire year and over 3.3 billion litres of water which equals 1,336 Olympic-sized swimming pools! So the impact on a business' triple bottom line is significant. Environmental benefits, economic benefits and the social benefit from know that the environments created are healthy and conducive to productivity. Doing the right thing matters.
LEED is one way to track the energy efficiencies of buildings but there is another tool available as well. In 2013, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) launched the Canadian version of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR­® Portfolio Manager tool. It's a free, online and interactive energy management tool that enables tracking and assessment of energy and water consumption across entire portfolios.
Building green can make a big difference in the state of our environment and overall well being but running green ensures that the impact doesn't fade over time.  Show your clients and competitors that you are committed to the future of green building in Canada and take the steps necessary to fully understand and forever improve how efficient your properties are. Take the first step in developing a strategy that will help save money and protect the environment by contacting the green building experts at CaGBC.
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