From: Roy L Hales, ECOreport, More from this Affiliate
Published July 28, 2015 01:24 PM

Canada ranks #2 for most LEED buildings

Though LEED is not the world’s only green building rating system, it is the most widely used and recognized. Thus it is no small thing that, for the second year in a row, Canada is #2 for LEED building in the World.

Most Certified Projects

Canada has the highest gross square meters (GSM) of LEED certified space internationally (ie outside of the United States) and the highest number of certified and registered projects (4,735).

European nations did poorly, with Germany placing #7 and Sweden #11, because the LEED program originates in the United States.

“(This) does not take into consideration other green building standards or rating systems. We cannot comment on which country leads the world in terms of overall emissions reductions,” explained Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs for the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

Canada’s LEED Accomplishments

Canada has been a leader in the green building movement since 2005. Some of its LEED accomplishments include:

  •  Energy Savings of 4,230,206 eMWh which is enough to power 143,533 homes in Canada for a full year.
  • 822,731 CO2e tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which equates to taking 155,526 cars off the road for a year.
  • Water savings totalling over 8.7 billion litres, the equivalent of 3,505 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • Recycling over 1.1 million tones of construction/demolition waste which represents 348,691 garbage truck loads.
  •  Installing 157,309 square metres of green roofs, or an area the size of 104 NHL hock rinks. This reducing the urban heat island effect and mitigates storm water flows in urban areas.

Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia lead the nation in terms of LEED projects, with 962, 439 and 407 respectively.

Five of the more notable projects certified in Canada during 2014 are:

• Vancouver, British Columbia: Van Dusen Botanical Garden, LEED Platinum

• St. John, New Brunswick: The City of St. John Police Headquarters, LEED Gold

• Toronto, Ontario: WaterPark Place, LEED Platinum (first Canadian project to earn LEED Platinum through the CaGBC’s recertification program)

• Calgary, Alberta: Bow Valley Square, LEED Gold

• Quebec City, Quebec: Place TELUS / TELUS House, LEED Gold.”

Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia lead the nation in terms of LEED projects, with 962, 439 and 407 respectively.

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