LEED has hit a major milestone in Canada by crossing the 5000th registered project mark. This comes on the heels of a strong third quarter of 2014 that saw the CaGBC handing out 132 registrations and 117 certifications between July 1 and September 30, 2014. This brings the total number of LEED certified projects in Canada to 1878.
Year to date totals by LEED certification level (up to September 30, 2014) are as follows:
- 103 LEED Certified
- 126 LEED Silver
- 124 LEED Gold
- 22 LEED Platinum
The third quarter of 2014 also saw some very unique projects earn certification, including:
- WaterPark Place in Toronto, ON, which became the first project to earn LEED Platinum certification through the CaGBC’s recertification program. This project, an impressive achievement by Oxford Properties Group, originally earned a LEED Gold certification in 2012. The project’s sustainability markers were then revisited and enhanced, thus earning it the LEED Platinum for EB:O&M recertification this summer.
- The Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, B.C., which certified LEED Platinum. As one of Vancouver’s landmarks, this new facility was built with the goal of providing a harmonious balance between the built and natural landscapes, with the building designed to mimic the natural environment in both look and functionality.
- The Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market in Halifax, NS, which certified LEED Gold. This project saw the transformation of a former seaport terminal into a low carbon ecological showcase on the Halifax waterfront that is home to the oldest continuously running market in North America. Emphasizing water efficiency, indoor air quality and solar energy, theproject team hopes to see operating savings of over $100,000 per year.
- Bow Valley Square in Calgary, AB, which certified LEED Gold. Located in Calgary’s downtown core, Bow Valley Square is a four-tower complex that houses office and retail space. The project refurbished the design and finishes of the entire interior spaces of the ground, and all retail levels including all floor, walls and ceiling. The project also upgraded the food court and access to the in-house conference facilities, and features an innovative green roof.