The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announced that the number of LEED registrations and certifications in Canada continued to grow during the second quarter of 2014, with 124 registrations and 109 certifications between April 1 and June 30, 2014. This brings the total number of LEED certified projects in Canada to 1,756.
Year to date totals by LEED certification level (up to June 30, 2014) are as follows:
- 67 LEED Certified
- 85 LEED Silver
- 89 LEED Gold
- 12 LEED Platinum
“The second quarter of 2014 was a big one for us at the CaGBC with the launch of the LEED v4 Alternative Compliance Paths to Canadians, and the release of the first-ever major green building study in Canada,” says Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs for CaGBC. “That momentum showed itself in our LEED registration and certification numbers for Q2, with strong levels of growth across all building types.”
Some of the project highlights of the second quarter of 2014 include:
- The IBM Canadian Leadership Data Centre in Barrie, ON, which certified LEED Gold. This is the first LEED certification for IBM; they were able to greatly minimize power usage by deploying underfloor systems that bring the air delivery closer to the data servers in order to be cooled.
- The Midori Uchi project in Vancouver, BC, which certified LEED Platinum. This innovative residential project (the name means ‘Green Home’ in Japanese) used ambitious building techniques to earn LEED’s highest level, and strove to do so in a way that would be affordable for potential homeowners. The energy its solar panels generate mitigates heating costs in winter, and in the summer creates more energy than the house consumes.
- The BIO-Canadian Coast Guard Building in Dartmouth, NS, which certified LEED Gold. As the new Maritime Headquarters for the Canadian Coast Guard, this building incorporated sustainable features like a cooling system that uses seawater from Bedford Basin and a green roof.
- Place TELUS / TELUS House in Quebec City, QC, which certified LEED Gold. This building was built in the old Canada Post sorting facility in the highly accessible Vieux Port of Quebec, and earned its sustainability stripes by using the shell of the building as a guide when retrofitting this new space; one that maximizes energy efficiency and provides excellent indoor air quality, among its many features.