Green Building Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI CA) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have reached a new milestone as the Canadian Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 project registrations surpass the 1000 mark.
LEED v4 has seen strong uptake in the Canadian market, and revisions in LEED v4.1 are further ensuring the program is embraced as a solution to help the industry contribute to Canada’s carbon emissions targets, said CaGBC.
As of this fall, Canada has achieved over 4350 LEED certifications overall and is a world leader in the adoption of the latest LEED version.
Of Canadian LEED v4 projects, almost half are commercial and institutional new construction, with Ontario leading the way regionally with 27 per cent of projects, followed by British Columbia at 17 per cent and Alberta at 15 per cent.
New homes account for a quarter of LEED v4 projects, with Québec’s early adoption of LEED v4 for home construction resulting in a 74 per cent of home projects coming from that province.
Existing buildings are a growing segment of LEED v4 registrations as streamlined documentation requirements tied to building performance drive uptake across more markets and building classes. Existing buildings account for a quarter of total LEED v4 projects, and large commercial owners are leveraging LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance (O+M) to help them meet their sustainability goals and speed up the recertification process.