OTTAWA — The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that Canada has surpassed 100 LEED v4 registrations, representing over 681,000 square metres of building floor area.
A media statement issued Aug. 1 reported the LEED program is now used in over 160 countries. LEED v4 represents the most rigorous energy and environmental thresholds to date, says the CaGBC.
"Canada is currently undergoing a massive shift as we move toward a low-carbon economy with governments and industry alike recognizing that the time to act is now, and, as the most widely used rating system, LEED is taking on a prominent role in scaling up that transition," says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC, in the statement.
"While it's absolutely critical to address carbon as a key building performance metric, LEED v4 also provides a holistic approach to design, operations and maintenance. For example, green buildings need to balance increasing energy efficiency standards with a healthy building design that provides fresh air, access to daylight and views along with non-toxic and comfortable environments for building occupants."
To date, governments are leading with 28 LEED v4 registrations — 10 provincial and 18 municipal. Other top owner groups for LEED v4 registration include commercial owners (24 registrations) and residential owners (21 registrations). Among regions adopting LEED v4, Ontario has 29 registrations totalling 274,395 square metres of registered space and Alberta has 19 with 189,459 square metres.
The LEED system was launched in 2005.