Buildings generate nearly 30 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 buildings can have a substantial impact on Canada’s environmental goals.
Since 2005 LEED Canada has led to:
Energy savings of 16.7 million eMWh which is enough to power 570,000 homes in Canada for a full year.
Water savings totalling over 30 billion litres, as much as courses over the Canadian Horseshoe of Niagara Falls in four hours.
over 3.6 million tonnes of construction/
demolition waste, which is one year’s total waste disposal in British Columbia.
A 3.24 million CO2e tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which equates to taking 690,000 cars off the roads for a year.
355,000 sq. metres of green roofs, enough to green the length of the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto.