sustainable-building

 

Green Leaf Distribution provides a full suite
of LEED™ certification services to assist your municipality
in achieving LEED™ Certified status on your buildings and projects.

As part of our commitment to greening our community,

Green Leaf offers a full suite of LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification services:

  • Facilitating LEED™ Charrettes – workshops that bring together key members of the team to develop strategy, create a shared vision, draft a LEED™ scorecard and preliminary rating, and define roles for the project team
  • Site and consultant coordination
  • Cost-value analysis
  • Energy modeling and analysis
  • Specification review
  • LEED™ documentation coordination and submission

By focusing on innovation and sourcing sustainable, cost-effective materials,

Green Leaf helps building owners and operators have an immediate, measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.

About LEED™

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

What is LEED™?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) is a third-party certification program. It is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

LEED™ Canada is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated – from individual buildings and homes to entire neighborhoods and communities. The Canadian rating systems are tailored for Canadian climates, construction practices and regulations, and are adapted to the Canadian market through an inclusive process involving CaGBC members, stakeholders and experts representing the various sectors of the Canadian industry.

Emphasizing a holistic approach to sustainable human and environmental health, LEED™ recognizes building performance in 5 key areas: :

  1. Sustainable Site Development
  2. Water Efficiency
  3. Energy Efficiency
  4. Materials Selection
  5. Indoor Environmental Quality

There are 4 levels of LEED™ certification (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified), making LEED™ flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of green building strategies and fit the constraints and goals of any project.


 

Why Certify?

LEED™ buildings provide:

  • An improved indoor environment
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Higher corporate profile
  • Reduced risk of remedial measures further down the line
  • A great appeal to a number of corporate, public and individual buyers

Many developers, particularly those working on federal government and leading-edge private sector buildings, are requiring that building designs meet LEED™ Silver performance.

 

LEED™ for Existing Buildings

The LEED™ Canada for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Rating System helps building owners and operators maximize operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impact. It is targeted at single buildings, whether owner occupied, multi-tenanted, or multiple-building campus projects, and measures operations, improvements and maintenance. More specifically, it addresses exterior building site maintenance programs, water and energy use, environmentally preferred products and practices for cleaning and alterations, sustainable purchasing policies, waste stream management, and ongoing indoor environmental quality.

LEED™ Canada certification for existing buildings focuses on the operation and maintenance of a building over its lifecycle, not the actual construction phase. Under this rating system, a building owner/operator must file for recertification once every five years, and demonstrate compliance for the entire period, to maintain their LEED™ Canada status. This effectively ensures that building operators are continually assessing the environmental performance of their buildings.

LEED™ Canada for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance was designed to certify existing commercial and institutional buildings, including offices, retail and service establishments, institutional buildings (libraries, schools, museums, churches, etc.), hotels, and residential buildings of four or more habitable stories.

It should be noted that while many projects fit the scope of one LEED™ rating system, others may be eligible for two or more.

LEED™ for New Construction

The LEED™ Canada New Construction and Major Renovations Green Building Rating System and the LEED™ Canada for Core and Shell Development Green Building Rating System are used to certify the design and construction of public and private commercial buildings, institutional buildings and high-rise residential buildings of all sizes. The also promote high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound practices in building design and construction.

New Construction

LEED™ Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations is designed primarily for new commercial office buildings, including offices, institutional buildings (libraries, museums, churches, schools, etc.), hotels, and multi-unit residential buildings. The rating system addresses design and construction activities for the construction of new buildings and the major renovations of existing buildings.

Core and Shell Development

The LEED™ Canada for Core and Shell Development Green Building Rating System was created for projects in which the developer controls the design and construction of the entire core and shell base building (e.g., mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems), but has no control over the design and construction of the tenant fit-out. Examples of this type of project are a commercial office building, medical office building, retail center, warehouse, and lab facility.

For an owner to pursue LEED™ Canada for Core and Shell Development certification, they must occupy 50% or less of the building. Projects where more than 50% of the building is occupied by an owner should pursue LEED™ Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations certification.

LEED™ for Homes

The LEED™® Canada for Homes Rating System promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes, and applies to single family homes and multifamily buildings up to 3 residential stories. While the overall cost of owning a green home is comparable to owning a conventional home, a green home provides a variety of benefits:

  • LEED™ homes are designed to save energy, water, and therefore money.
  • LEED™ homes are built to provide a healthy living environment for occupants.
  • Studies have shown that green and efficient buildings often sell for more money, and in less time, than non-green buildings.
  • LEED™ homes are performance tested and green measures are third-party verified.

LEED™ certified homes are designed to maximize fresh air indoors, minimizing exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants. They also use 20-30% less energy (some up to 60% less) than a conventional home built to Canadian building code – meaning lower utility bills every month. It should also be noted that existing homes can qualify in LEED™ Canada for Homes, as long as the homeowner performs a gut and rehabilitation process

LEED™ for Neighborhood Development

LEED™ for Neighborhood Development integrates the principles for smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national rating system for neighbourhood design. With no minimum or maximum size for a LEED™ for Neighborhood Development project, whole neighbourhoods, portions of neighbourhoods and multiple neighbourhoods can apply for LEED™ certification.

Green neighbourhoods provide a variety of benefits to a community:

  • All characteristics, including streets, homes, workplaces, stores and public spaces, significantly affect the quality of life for residents
  • They allow for a variety of demographics to be a part of the community by including housing of various types and prices
  • They respect historical resources and the existing community layout/design
  • They preserve open spaces and encourage access to parks
  • Green buildings, community gardens and public spaces encourage physical activity, and are in turn beneficial for public health
  • They place residences and jobs proximate to each other, limiting automobile trips and associated greenhouse gas emissions
  • They incorporate mixed-use development and pedestrian-friendly streets, encouraging biking, walking, and public transportation
  • Green buildings lessen the negative consequences for water resources, air quality, and natural resource consumption

The LEED™ for Neighbourhood Development Rating System places emphasis on the site selection, design, and construction elements that bring together into a neighbourhood. It also focuses on the relationship between the neighbourhood and its landscape, as well as its local and regional context.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is LEED™?

LEED™ (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based standard that supports and certifies green building design, construction and operations.

It is transforming the marketplace by promoting integrated whole design practices in the building industry.

How does LEED™ certification work?

LEED™ Certification distinguishes building projects that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability by meeting the highest performance standards.

LEED™ certification is a process of submission and third party review. Projects may apply for LEED™ certification under a particular rating system (e.g. LEED™ for New Construction, Core and Shell, Homes, etc.).

Points are awarded based on satisfying various requirements in 5 key areas:

  1. Sustainable Site Development
  2. Water Efficiency
  3. Energy Efficiency
  4. Materials Selection
  5. Indoor Environmental Quality

If a project earns enough points, it gets a ranking (Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum) and becomes a LEED™ certified project.

Why should I get my project LEED™ certified?

LEED™ is changing the way people think about the built environment.

In addition to its environmental credentials, LEED™ is quickly becoming a standard in the design and construction industry. With new laws being passed and worldwide awareness of pollution and climate change growing, LEED™ is more popular than ever.

The green building market is expected to be worth $30-$40 billion annually by next year. By then, approximately 10% of commercial construction starts are projected to be green.

We encourage builders and building owners in our community to show leadership in this area and Embrace the Solution.

What are the benefits of LEED™ certified buildings?

As a building owner or operator, LEED™ certification can provide many benefits, including:

  • Having an immediate and measurable impact on your buildings’ performance.
  • Giving you a competitive advantage – green buildings appeal to a growing number of corporate, public and individual buyers.
  • Helping you attract savvy tenants who want to benefit from all that green buildings offer.

Building tenants seek out LEED™ buildings for many reasons, including:

  • Healthier, cleaner environments.
  • The opportunity to enhance their profile as a company that cares about the environment and the future.
  • Lower operating costs and greater tax benefits and incentives.
  • Immediate and measurable savings on energy, water and other resources.

Questions or comments?

We look forward to hearing from you.