Buildings generate up to 35 per cent of all greenhouse gases, 35 per cent of landfill waste comes from construction and demolition activities, and up to 70 per cent of municipal water is consumed in and around buildings. It’s clear that making buildings greener can have a substantial impact on larger environmental goals.
LEED® can have a significant impact on your new or existing building
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 160 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 2,800 LEED buildings in Canada and registered over 5,000 – with the second highest number of LEED projects anywhere in the world.
Green buildings create a healthier indoor environment for occupants through better indoor air quality, less harmful products, and more natural daylight. They also reduce waste, conserve energy, decrease water consumption, and drive innovation. All of this can positively affect your bottom line and boost productivity.
The value of LEED®
Why certify? The results speak for themselves.
Since 2002 LEED® Canada has led to:
Energy savings of 6,503,647 eMWh which is enough to power 220,702 homes in Canada for a full year.
Water savings totalling over 12.8 billion litres, the equivalent of 5,131 Olympic sized swimming pools.
over 1.6 million tonnes of construction/
demolition waste recycled, which represents 491,174 garbage trucks.
A 1,261,016 CO2e tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which equates to taking 238,377 cars off the roads for a year.
231,608 sq. metres of green roofs, or an area equivalent to 153 NHL hockey rinks, to reduce the urban heat island effect and mitigate storm water flows in urban areas.
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