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CaGBC announces 81 new LEED certified projects

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by DCN News Services

OTTAWA - The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced steady growth for both LEED registered and certified projects in the second quarter of 2016, with 81 certifications and 106 registrations between April 1 and June 30.
CaGBC announces 81 new LEED certified projects

Projects that earned LEED certification during the second quarter include:

66 Slater Street in Ottawa, certified LEED Gold for Existing Buildings. This 22-floor commercial office building in downtown Ottawa was originally constructed in 1969, and was retrofitted with features like a new reflective roof, building-wide installation of water efficient plumbing fixtures, and energy efficiency upgrades, in order to earn certification, the CaGBC media statement indicated.

La Tour Deloitte in Montreal, certified LEED Platinum. Owner Cadillac Fairview says earning this Platinum certification will reduce the building's energy consumption by up to 40 per cent, and its sustainability measures will help tenants reduce employee absenteeism and increase productivity.

University College of the North in Thompson, Man., earned LEED Gold certification. As the university's new home in the city of Thompson, this facility will accommodate 875 full and part-time students. It achieved LEED Gold through sustainability measures like passive daylighting strategies throughout the building and by using materials that were chosen for the local availability and durability, which will reduce ongoing operating costs.

The total of LEED certified projects across the country now sits at 2,757.

The CaGBC also continued to see growth in LEED v4 registrations in the second quarter, with four new projects registering under the latest version of the rating system, for a total of 25 registrations and one certification in Canada to date.

"LEED certified projects are the industry standard for green building in the commercial and institutional sectors in Canada and with each passing year that impact widens to other sectors," said Mark Hutchinson, vice-president of green building programs for the CaGBC, in a statement. "We stand to make an even greater impact this fall when LEED v4 becomes the new gold standard for green buildings in Canada and internationally. LEED v4 pushes the market forward through a more rigorous approach to green building, including increased transparency of building materials; higher thresholds for energy, water and waste; and the requirement of metering and reporting of energy use in certified buildings."

Year-to-date totals as of June 30 include 25 LEED Certified, 59 LEED Silver, 73 LEED Gold and 16 LEED Platinum.

Additionally, the Toronto Dominion Centre in Toronto, comprised of six LEED Platinum buildings that were certified as existing buildings in 2015, earned another distinction by becoming the first WELL v1 Certified building in the world in late May. The project promotes health and wellness by incorporating special features throughout its design, as well as implementing programs to improve occupant well being, says the CaGBC statement. Features like enhanced air and water filtration, abundance of daylight and lighting systems that support circadian rhythm, biophilic artwork and adjustable workstations contributed to the certification.

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