New LEED system announced (August 01, 2007)

VANCOUVER – Ian Jarvis, Chair of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), announced a restructuring of the LEED program at the Toronto Regional Sustainable Building Conference in June. The new program, called LEED Complete, is expected to be in operation by 2009.

Jarvis explained that the CaGBC is striving to reach a goal of 100,000 commercial buildings and one million homes all certified-LEED by 2015. The CaGBC believe that this will reduce average energy and water use by 50 per cent.

The new LEED Complete evaluation system will consist of three levels of certification. Once the design of a building is completed and approved by LEED experts, it will be given a first-level certification. Second level certification will depend on proper construction of the building. After one year of operation, the building will be evaluated according to its performance and only then will it be given the third level of certification.

Buildings are responsible for about half of the green house gas emissions in Canada, and the amount is growing every year. Aside from cars, buildings are the highest contributor of carbon into our atmosphere.

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