Buildings generate up to 35 per cent of all greenhouse gases, 35 per cent of landfill waste comes from construction and demolition activities, and 70 per cent of municipal 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 a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries. Since 2002, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and LEED Canada have been redefining the buildings and communities where Canadians live, work and learn.
LEED works because it recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings – in their design, construction and operation. Since 2004, the CaGBC has certified over 2,600 LEED buildings in Canada and registered over 6,000, the second highest number in the world.
But why certify? The results speak for themselves. Since 2002 LEED Canada has led to:
Green buildings create a healthier working environment for staff and tenants, through better air ventilation and more natural daylight. Green buildings reduce waste, conserve energy, decrease water consumption, and drive innovation.
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