LEED certification records broken in 2013

March 13, 2014

Nova Scotia Power’s Corporate Headquarters in Halifax was one of the 32 Canadian projects certified Platinum under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Photo © Tom Arban[1]
Nova Scotia Power’s Corporate Headquarters in Halifax was one of the 32 Canadian projects certified Platinum under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Photo © Tom Arban

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announced a record-breaking year for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects in the country for 2013.

A total of 574 Canadian projects were certified last year; bringing the total to 1484. Additionally, 598 new projects registered to pursue certification, for a grand total of 4685 projects either certified or on the path toward it.

Of the 574 certified, a record number of 173 were Gold and 32 were Platinum. Mark Hutchinson, CaGBC’s director of green building programs, explains those two levels have become the new standard for new construction or renovations to commercial office structures.

“In 2013, we saw a steady increase in both small and large projects certifying, which speaks to the continued value the rating system and certification brings to the industry,” he said.

The provinces with the most certified projects were:

Some of the notable Platinum projects certified in 2013 include:

The CaGBC also announced the availability of LEED v4[3] in Canada.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/787-03_05_sc_v2com.jpg
  2. University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS): http://www.kenilworth.com/publications/cc/de/201210/files/28.html
  3. LEED v4: http://www.constructioncanada.net/newsletters/recent-news/188-february-5-2014/1163-leed-v4-now-available-in-canada

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