Inclusion in LEED Project Profile database and other marketing support
In addition to the official email confirmation, you will receive the LEED certified logo for use in promoting your accomplishment.
You will also receive an email providing you with a temporary link to your project's profile in our online LEED Project Profile database. After receiving this email, you will have 14 days to view and edit your current profile where you can upload three project photos, write a project summary, include a team list, and upload a project abstract. These are all voluntary options; however they will vastly enhance the public profile of your project.
Should you choose to upload photos to the Project Profile, one of the photos will be highlighted in our monthly newsletter that reaches over 10,000 members. If you do not wish to upload photos, your project name and details will still be published in the newsletter for the corresponding month.
Other CaGBC Marketing support for LEED certified projects includes the opportunity to receive (when requested by you):
- A quote from the CaGBC's CEO for your news release, and a fact-check, if desired (five business days turnaround time is required).
- A LEED and CaGBC backgrounder for the project owners' media kit.
These services are offered through CaGBC's Marketing and Communications team as a way of providing added value to your announcements and promotional material.
For additional questions on promotional material at any time, please contact CaGBC Marketing and Communications.
Referring to a certified project in promotional materials
As is referenced in the official LEED Brand User Guidelines, your certified project can now be referred to as "LEED® Certified" or "LEED® [level of certification] Certified". A certified project can also utilise the LEED Certified logo.
Common language errors made when referring to a newly certified project
Due to the complicated nature of LEED certification and what it involves, it is easy to improperly explain or refer to the newly certified project. Listed below are a few examples of common mistakes made when communicating a LEED certified project.
- Do not refer to the project as 'LEED accredited'. Accreditation is something that LEED Consultants or experts earn as a professional designation; projects earn certification.
- References to "LEED" require the registered trademark (®) in all public information material. It only needs to appear the first time the term LEED is used, but is legally required within all material.
- LEED is not an award, it is a certification achieved through independent review of design, construction, operation and maintenance practices. You can refer to your building being 'awarded' LEED certification, but not has having received an award. It has received certification.
- The CaGBC will not confirm 'firsts' of any kind in relation to a LEED certified building, and we do not encourage projects to do so either. If you do decide to refer to your project as a first of any kind, it is done at your own risk and the CaGBC cannot be attributed or associated with that claim in any way.
How to write a LEED certified project news release
Announcing your LEED certified project is a great way to get media attention, generate buzz or interviews about the project, and highlight its unique green features. The CaGBC does not write news releases on behalf of projects, but does provide a fact-check with our LEED team and quote for your news release from the CEO of CaGBC.
To aid in the promotional campaign of your project, we have listed below a few examples of published news releases in which we have contributed review and a quote. This is by no means the only way a news release for a certified project can be written; this is to help provide a starting point for approaching how to communicate your project.
Other promotional tips
As the number of LEED certifications grows in Canada, so does the number of announcements and other promotions related to these projects. So, how do you make your project stand out?
Each project, regardless of its level and type of certification, has interesting features or goals that make it unique. It is always a good idea to speak to the LEED Consultant and/or project team to find out what makes your project stand out. Things to keep in mind are:
- How much water, energy or other environmental savings does the project provide?
- What type of building or space are you promoting? Is it a school, a condo building, or a factory? Why did this project want to attain LEED certification and how does this benefit it?
- There are new and innovative green technologies being developed and implemented each day in green building; maybe your project has one or more of these fascinating new technologies.
- Do you have a green roof that also feeds your building's inhabitants? Is the insulation from the walls made with sustainable materials?
These are the kind of features that media and the public love to hear about.
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