LEED Canada hits another major milestone with 2000th certified project

Canada’s total number of LEED certified buildings hit another milestone in late 2014 with the certification of its 2,000th project. This follows an earlier announcement made by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) on October 7, which saw the total number of registered projects hit 5000. Cumulative totals for LEED certified and registered projects in Canada now sit at 2,041 and 5,187, respectively.

Much of this growth came in the fourth quarter (October 1 to December 31, 2014), with 102 registrations and 132 certifications, for a total of 538 certified and 501 registered projects in 2014. Of note in these numbers was the total of LEED Gold projects, which increased by 10.9 per cent over 2013.

Totals by LEED certification level for 2014 are as follows:

  • 129 LEED Certified
  • 188  LEED Silver
  • 193 LEED Gold
  • 28 LEED Platinum

“The past year was a significant one for CaGBC and for LEED in Canada. With now over 2000 LEED certified projects, and over 5000 registered, it is very clear that green building in Canada is thriving. The stringency and rigour of the LEED standard is enabling real progress in constructing better-performing buildings and reducing environmental impacts from the buildings sector,” says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Council. “As we move into 2015, our work will continue, with a focus on supporting the market in building on these achievements and aiming for higher performance with LEED version 4.  The focus will be also on increasing the health and well-being benefits for building occupants and better quality of life for all Canadians.”   

Projects that earned certification in the fourth quarter include these highlights:

  • Two of Toronto’s most well trafficked convention centres, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) South Building and the Direct Energy Centreat Exhibition Place both certified LEED Gold for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB: O&M);
      • The MTCC earned its certification by implementing a comprehensive sustainability program, including: reducing energy consumption by 20 per cent since 2011 by retrofitting and automating lighting systems, increasing the hosting of green events at the Centre by 23 per cent, and diverting more than 90 per cent of waste from landfill.
      • For its part Direct Energy Centre reduced water use by 45 per cent, increased controllable lighting, and participates in the Toronto Smart Commute program which demonstrated a 52 per cent reduction in conventional commuting trips.
  • The Offices at Newton Phase II in Surrey, B.C., which certified LEED Platinum. This project undertook a great deal of sustainability measures to earn LEED’s most rigorous level, including: energy modeling to maximize performance of the building envelope; glazing and mechanical systems that led to a 46 per cent reduction in energy cost; using 54 water-to-air heat pumps to heat and cool the building; and putting in two Kone Eco Space elevators which maximize speeds for the height of the building and regenerate electricity for the building when a cab is travelling up or down empty.
  • The City of St. John Police Headquarters in Saint John, New Brunswick, which certified LEED Gold. This 6,500 sq.m. facility is located in downtown Saint John and features a green roof, significant reductions in potable water and energy use, and was built to maximize daylight and views throughout much of the building.
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