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 3,600 LEED buildings in Canada and registered over 7,600 – 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 12.9 million eMWh which is enough to power 435,000 homes in Canada for a full year.
Water savings totalling over 24 billion litres, as much as courses over the Canadian Horseshoe of Niagara Falls in three hours.
over 2.97 million tonnes of construction/
demolition waste recycled, which is one year’s total waste disposal in British Columbia.
A 2.49 million CO2e tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which equates to taking 530,000 cars off the roads for a year.
340,000 sq. metres of green roofs, enough to green the length of the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto.
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