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Canada sees highest number ever of LEED certifications in 2013

2013 is going on the record books as the most prolific year for projects achieving LEED certifications in Canada: a total of 574, more than in any prior year, says the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). This brings the total number to 1,484. In addition, 598 projects registered to pursue certification, bringing the total registered and certified projects to 4,685. A searchable list with further detail on all LEED projects can be viewed at The LEED 2013 Inventory.

2013 saw the highest number of LEED Gold certifications to date at 173, and it was another strong year for LEED Platinum certifications, the most rigorous level of LEED certification, with a total of 32 projects certified.

“In 2013 we saw a steady increase in both small and large projects certifying, which speaks to the continued value the rating system and certification brings to the industry,” says Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs for CaGBC. “It is also encouraging to see so many projects attaining the highest levels of LEED certification as it proves that the industry has the skills, knowledge and technology to produce high performance buildings at a reasonable cost and effort. LEED Gold and Platinum certification has become the standard in constructing or renovating large commercial office buildings. We look forward to 2014 and supporting Canada’s industry as it continues to innovate.”

Projects were certified across the country, with the highest number of certifications taking place in Ontario (221), Quebec (121), British Columbia (87), and Alberta (78).

The current stats on LEED certified space in Canada also paint a strong picture of the growth that green building in Canada has had. In 2013, there was a total of 6,094,101 m2 of space that became LEED certified, leading to a now overall total of 23,931,679 m2 of LEED certified space across the country. This translates into 0.71 square meters (or 7.69 square feet) of LEED certified space for each and every Canadian.

Some of the year’s many highlights include:

  • The Nova Scotia Power Headquarters in Halifax certified LEED Platinum in March. This remarkable example of building re-use involved converting a thermal generating plant to office space, and incorporated features like chilled beams that decrease energy use and increase thermal comfort. This renovation has led to energy and water savings of $650,000 a year (approximate).     
  • The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) certified LEED Platinum in September. Located in Vancouver, this project is a showcase of green construction that celebrates its location and setting while creating a functional and inspiring space for teaching, learning, research and community building.
  • Oxford Properties’ MetroCentre at 225 King Street West in Toronto became the first Canadian multi-tenant office building to receive a second certification under LEED for Existing Buildings. It received its original LEED Silver rating in 2008, and achieved LEED Gold in 2013.

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