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The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is a green and sustainable building framework that provides a series of metrics and performance targets to quantify what makes a building green.

The LEED program in Canada traces its roots back to 2004, with the launch of the LEED Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations system.  Since then, the system has continuously evolved with new iterations, changes to sustainability metrics, and increased focus on specific building types.  The 2009 version of LEED focuses on 7 overarching categories of sustainability attributes:

  • Sustainable Sites: focusing on physical location, alternative transportation, and minimizing ecological impacts

  • Water Efficiency: focusing on water conservation, both inside and outside the building

  • Energy and Atmosphere: focusing on the initial and ongoing energy performance of the building

  • Materials and Resources: focusing on sustainable material sourcing and minimizing construction waste

  • Indoor Environmental Quality: focusing on low-emitting products and a healthy indoor environment

  • Innovation in Design: focusing on innovative sustainability initiatives outside of the LEED rating system

  • Regional Priority: focusing on sustainability initiatives that resonate stronger given the project location

While the new Patient Care Tower is pursuing certification under the 2009 version of the LEED rating system, the newest version of LEED, version 4 released in 2014, continues to advance the sustainability initiative, focusing on supply chain accountability, building-specific sustainability metrics, and integrated project delivery.

Want to Learn More about Green Buildings?

Click on the link to learn more about the Canada Green Building Council

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