Want to see the LEEDing edge of building in Canada? Check out the new online LEED Project Profiles database.
The Canada Green Building Council launched the database during World Green Building week (Sept. 16-20) to celebrate Canada’s achievement in green building. Canada is second only to the United States in terms of completed LEED certifications.
“Canada’s green building movement has evolved and grown a great deal over the past decade, as was evidenced earlier this year when we certified our 1000th LEED building,” Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council said in a statement.
LEED Project Profiles
The database showcases more than 4,000 LEED projects currently registered and certified in Canada. It includes project case studies and high-resolution photos along with a team list and summary of each certified project and its features.
The searches for buildings may be parsed in a number of different ways, including by rating system, certification level, province and city.
A quick search shows Calgary has 269 LEED-certified buildings, according to the database, while Halifax numbers 45.
Indeed, LEED has become so ubiquitous hardly a day goes by without a company announcing LEED certification for its newest buildings.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation, for instance, announced in mid-September that it is pursuing LEED certification for all 124 Canadian stores the retailer intends to open this year.
As with any LEED-certified building, the Target stores will undergo a series of audits to ensure they meet the stringent criteria across the five LEED categories, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality.
Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, noted in a statement that obtaining a single LEED certification is a significant achievement. “For Target, securing certification for this portfolio of buildings is truly extraordinary,” Fedrizzi said.
World Green Building Week
This year was the fourth World Green Building Week organized by the World Green Building Council. Currently there are Green Building Councils in 98 countries with a total of 25,000 organizations when local councils are taken into account.
Jane Henley, World Green Building Council’s CEO, said green buildings are helping to address some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.
“World Green Building Week showcases how green buildings are reducing the global carbon footprint, saving money and improving productivity, creating more jobs and improving the lives of millions of people,” Henley added in a release.
The Canada Green Building Council is the licence holder for the LEED green building rating system in Canada.
In addition to LEED and the new GREEN UP Building Performance Program, the council also supports the Living Building Challenge, Passive House Standard and EcoDistricts in Canada.
The CaGBC has also started a Green Directory on its website, described as the only online directory that lists Canadian capabilities in the green building sector.
GREEN UP Building Performance Program
Under the GREEN UP program, building owners and managers measure their energy and water use, compare with their peers, set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and then take steps to improve the operational and environmental performance of their portfolio.