OTTAWA—The next generation of the LEED green-building rating system,
LEED v4, is now available in Canada.
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)—which in partnership with the
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) delivers and administer LEED in Canada—is
actively participating in the LEED International Roundtable and leading
development of Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs).
The ACPs streamline Canadian projects that demonstrate compliance with
credit requirements. This approach to tailoring LEED to the Canadian market
speeds delivery of the new system and makes all LEED rating systems available
in Canada, including those designed for schools, healthcare facilities, data
centres and hotels.
“We are pleased that LEED will continue to be adapted to Canadian
standards and Canadian projects will be certified in Canada,” says Thomas
Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC. “LEED v4 presents the next generation
of building rating systems with increased emphasis on energy efficiency and
reducing carbon emissions, building performance and material lifecycle
assessment. Introducing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) is an
important first step toward reducing environmental impacts from materials and
enhancing public health.”
Canadian projects will still register under the current LEED Canada 2009
rating system until June 1, 2015.
“Canada’s commercial real estate sector has embraced LEED as the best
standard to meet tenant demand for green office space and increase the
environmental performance of buildings,” says Andrew McAllan, SVP and Managing
Director for Real Estate Management at Oxford Properties Group, and Chair of
the CaGBC Board. “At Oxford, we look forward to LEED v4 driving the market
forward not only in terms of higher requirements for building performance, but
also setting higher standards in materials and design that will impact and
improve tenant health and employee productivity.”
LEED v4 and the Canadian ACPs will be officially launched in Canada at
the Building Lasting Change 2014
event, the CaGBC’s annual national
conference in Toronto from June 2-4.
The CaGBC is a national industry organization advancing green building
and sustainable community development practices.