LEED Certifications

What makes a building 'green'? How can anyone be sure that a particular building has been designed and constructed, and/or is being operated, in a way that minimizes its environmental impacts?

To help answer these questions, a number of green building 'rating systems' or certifications have been developed. These tools set stringent requirements that buildings must follow if they want to be awarded a certification.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most commonly used green building rating system globally. In fact, over 28,000 buildings have been LEED certified around the world, with over 650 certified in Canada alone (as of Oct 2015). Many other similar rating systems also exist around the world, including BREEAM, Passive House, DGNB, Active House, and Green Star (to name but a few).

Most green certification systems use internationally recognized measures of performance set against established benchmarks to evaluate a building’s design, construction and use. A wide range of green building principals are examined, from energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), site location, materials, waste, ecology and the management processes.

Who uses green certifications?

Developers and building owners use them to specify the sustainability performance of their buildings in a way that is quick, comprehensive, comparable, highly visible in the marketplace and provides a level playing field.

Design teams improve the environmental performance of their buildings through the evaluation and optimization required by these systems.

Managers reply on them to reduce running costs, measure and improve the performance of buildings, empower staff, develop action plans and monitor and report performance at both the single building and portfolio level.

Property agents promote the environmental credentials and benefits of their certified buildings to potential purchasers and tenants. A certified ‘green building’ can be a strong selling feature and can often lead to higher rents and/or resale value, in addition to lower operating utility costs, and higher worker productivity.

Why ZED Consulting?

ZED Consulting has worked on over 40 green certified buildings, including dozens of LEED projects in multiple countries across Canada and Europe. In addition, our LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) staff have detailed experience providing official LEED project review for dozens of projects on behalf of the Canada Green Building Council.