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Free LEED registration and certification for disaster-hit cities

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Following the Lac-Megantic, Que. train derailment and the 2013 Calgary floods, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) will provide free LEED registration and certification for commercial projects in Lac-Megantic and for homes in the Calgary region.

Following the Lac-Megantic, Que. train derailment and the 2013 Calgary floods, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) will provide free LEED registration and certification for commercial projects in Lac-Megantic and for homes in the Calgary region.

“These two events took a major toll on both the citizens and infrastructure of these regions,” said Thomas Mueller, CaGBC president and chief executive officer.

“The CaGBC is pleased to contribute to rebuilding these communities, helping them become more resilient to future unforeseen events, weather-related or otherwise. Sustainable housing and commercial buildings with durable, better quality construction, reduced energy costs and healthier indoor spaces will provide lasting benefits to these communities and their residents.”

The July 2013 Lac-Mégantic train derailment led to the destruction of roughly 40 buildings in the community. The town centre of Lac-Mégantic will be rebuilt using sustainable design and construction, which will reduce energy and resource consumption for owners, funding agencies and residents alike, leading to lower utility costs and the potential for significant financial savings.

Quebec home builder and LEED Canada for Homes Provider, Écohabitation, will work with the CaGBC and the town of Lac-Mégantic on the redevelopment.

Écohabitation has already begun helping to rebuild in the community, contributing their expertise to the construction of 50 LEED Silver certified condo units completed in October 2013, named the “Condos Lighthouse”.

The project was spearheaded by Les Constructions Hallé et Frères Inc.

“Écohabitation is committed to working with the CaGBC and our partners to help rebuild the town centre of Lac-Mégantic,” said Jean-François Méthé, LEED program co-ordinator for Écohabitation.

“Sustainable buildings will benefit the entire community by revitalizing the hardest hit areas, and positively impacting citizens, land owners and the municipality as a whole with improved health benefits and cost-savings from high-performing green buildings.”

Calgary’s severe flooding in June 2013 damaged thousands of homes in the region.

As rebuilding efforts continue in the affected areas, the CaGBC is working with Alberta home designer and LEED Homes Provider, 4 Elements Integrated Design, who will offer free LEED administration on top of the free registration and certification being provided by CaGBC.

“The flood was a terrible event and has had dramatic effects on Calgarians, but we are moving forward and rebuilding for a better, stronger Calgary, and LEED can be a part of that,” said Tyler Hermanson, director, lead designer and senior consultant of 4 Elements.

“Rebuilding to LEED standards is a way of building better than before, leading to homes that are more durable, comfortable and healthy. It will be a great legacy to leave after 2013.”

In April 2013, the CaGBC launched an Affordable Green Housing Program which provides similar incentives to charitable housing projects across Canada each year.

To date the program has supported the sustainable construction of 22 affordable housing projects, with another 42 registered for certification.

JOC NEWS SERVICE

by Journal Of Commerce

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