The new year has started off strong for Canadian LEED projects with 140 new certifications as of March 31, 2014. This brings the total number of LEED certified projects in Canada to 1,631. In addition, 109 projects registered to pursue certification, bringing the total registered and certified projects to 6,423.
Year to date totals by LEED certification level (January-March 2014) are as follows:
- 38 LEED Certified
- 50 LEED Silver
- 47 LEED Gold
- 5 LEED Platinum
LEED v4 represents the next iteration of what has become the most widely recognized building rating system globally. It is setting higher thresholds for a number of building performance parameters including energy and water, building metering and commissioning. The biggest changes are in the way LEED recognizes materials, in an effort to move the industry toward a better understanding of material choices and applications.
Some of the project highlights of 2014 so far include:
- The GE Grid IQ Global Innovation Centre in Markham, ON, which certified LEED Gold. The state-of-the-art, 200,000 square foot centre is designed to foster innovation and global collaboration to improve the efficiency, reliability and security of the world’s electrical grids.
- The Vale Living with Lakes Centre in Sudbury, ON, which certified LEED Platinum. The project is comprised of a main building that includes offices, labs and multi-purpose lecture facilities, as well as the Sustainable Watershed Centre that will serve as the base for the Fresh Water Ecology Co-op at Laurentian University.
- The Surrey City Centre Library in Surrey, B.C., which certified LEED Gold. Together with the Surrey librarians, the architect developed a social media campaign to engage the community in the design of the building, encouraging the public to post comments and photos, thereby making the City Centre Library one of the first public buildings to be designed with the aid of social media.
- Kings County Academy in Kentville, NS, which certified LEED Gold. Among its many features, the building is connected to a park on both sides and the green space extends through the building. On the site there is a cluster of mature maple trees; the building preserves these trees which will provide summer shade for the classroom wing.