Since 2002, LEED Canada has been redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. Through certifying hundreds of projects over the past decade, LEED Canada has transformed the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated --- from individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities.
The Canadian rating systems are an adaptation of the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System, tailored specifically for Canadian climates, construction practices and regulations. The rating systems are adapted to the Canadian market through an inclusive process that engages CaGBC members, stakeholders and experts representing the various sectors of the Canadian industry.
LEED promotes a holistic approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health, which include sustainable site development , water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality. Credits and Prerequisites are organized into these five categories. LEED Certification is based on the total point score achieved in these five areas, following an independent review. With four possible levels of certification (certified, silver, gold and platinum), LEED is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of green building strategies that best fit the constraints and goals of particular projects. For more information about the LEED Certification process and how it is being streamlined, click here.