LEED Building Rating System

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
This rating system for green buildings recognizes leading edge buildings that incorporate design, construction and operational practices that combine healthy, high-quality and high-performance advantages with reduced environmental impacts. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has a LEED system and the Canada Green Building Council has its own LEED¬ Canada rating system, tailored specifically for Canadian climates, construction practices and regulations. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-responsive set of criteria that evaluate building projects in terms of several categories of performance: – Sustainable Sites – Water Efficiency – Energy and Atmosphere – Materials and Resources – Indoor Environmental Quality Green buildings outperform typical standard practice in some of all of these performance aspects. Depending on the total number of point earned throughout all categories, buildings are certified with different rating levels – Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. For further information on LEED Canada please refer to the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) website. For further information on LEED certification in the US, please refer to the US Green Building Council website.
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