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LEED Canada: The Next Generation

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Looming large in the minds of most Canadians, climate change is arguably the greatest environmental challenge we face today. Given that a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is necessary to avert irreversible impacts, any solutions will require the active support of all sectors of society – government, business and citizens – to reach GHG reduction targets.

GHG emissions from buildings represent as much as a third of Canada’s total, so the building industry has a big role to play in curbing climate change. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), an industry organization accelerating the design and construction of green buildings, is out front on this issue with an ambitious vision to achieve a total reduction of 50 megatons of GHG emissions from buildings by 2015 – a third of Canada’s 2020 goal.

To fulfill this vision, the CaGBC has recently launched a multi-year initiative to further evolve the LEED Canada rating system to capture more building types and deliver even more value to building owners and operators. Supporters and advocates of LEED, Canadian governments of every level, school boards, and owners and managers of commercial properties are all stepping up to help develop this next generation of the system.

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