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The introduction of LEED Version 4 (v4) will take green building to the next level, announced the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

The introduction of LEED Version 4 (v4) will take green building to the next level, announced the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

“We are pleased that LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)will continue to be adapted to Canadian standards and Canadian projects will be certified in Canada,” said Thomas Mueller, president and chief executive officer of the CaGBC. “LEED v4 presents the next generation of building rating systems with increased emphasis on energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, building performance and material life cycle assessment.

“Introducing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) is an important first step toward reducing environmental impacts from materials and enhancing public health,” he said.

Canadian LEED v4 projects will be certified by the CaGBC using LEED Online in collaboration with the Green Building Certification Institute.

To ensure LEED v4 will meet the expectations of the Canadian marketplace, the CaGBC is actively participating in the LEED International Roundtable and leading development of Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs).

The ACPs will provide a streamlined way for Canadian projects to demonstrate compliance with credit requirements.

This approach to tailoring LEED to the Canadian market allows the CaGBC to speed up the delivery of the new system to market and make all LEED rating systems available in Canada, including those specifically designed for schools, health care facilities, data centres and hotels, as well as volume certification.

In order to facilitate the transition to LEED v4, Canadian projects will still be able to register under the current rating system, LEED Canada 2009 until June 1, 2015.

This will give professionals and owners a period of time to learn about and prepare for the new requirements.

“LEED is now the most widely used green building program in the world with Canada being the first international user beginning in 2002, “ Mueller said. “Canada has since grown to be one of the most sophisticated green building markets in the world. The Canadian industry is well positioned to meet the increased stringency of LEED v4, continue to drive innovation and reduce environmental impacts across the country.”

The country’s commercial real estate sector has embraced LEED as the best standard for green office space and to increase the environmental performance of buildings, said Andrew McAllan, SVP and managing director for Real Estate Management at Oxford Properties Group, and chair of the CaGBC Board.

“At Oxford, we look forward to LEED v4 driving the market forward not only in terms of higher requirements for building performance, but also setting higher standards in materials and design that will impact and improve tenant health and employee productivity,” he said.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) believes that the launch of LEED v4 in Canada and the renewed commitment with the CaGBC are key to the ongoing success of LEED in North America.

“Over the past 15 years, LEED has fundamentally revolutionized how we design, construct, operate and maintain our buildings and communities,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer and founding chair of the USGBC.

LEED v4 and the Canadian ACPs will officially launch in Canada at Building Lasting Change 2014, the CaGBC’s annual national conference in Toronto from June 2-4.

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by Journal Of Commerce

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