Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries. It has been shown that buildings generate up to 35 % of all greenhouse gases, 35 % of landfill waste comes from construction and demolition activities, and 70 % of municipal water is consumed in and around buildings. It is clear that making buildings and houses greener can have a significant impact on long-term environmental goals.
LEED works because it recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings, starting from design, construction and through to operation. Whether living in a green home, working in a sustainably-renovated office or learning in an eco-friendly school, people all over Canada are experiencing the benefits of environmental construction and design every day.
Green buildings and homes conserve energy and water and produce less waste during construction and throughout the lifespan of the building. Green buildings save taxpayers money by decreasing the burden on municipal and provincial energy, water and wastewater and landfill services. One of the most significant ways you can make a positive impact on the environment and your overall health is through living in a LEED certified home.
LEED certified buildings and homes are also healthy places to be in. They are built with better ventilation and furnished without toxic materials resulting in fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and better air quality.
Atlas Painting & Restorations Ltd. has worked on several LEED projects throughout the Lower Mainland. We are familiar with the requirements to work on such projects and are able to give you any further information you may require.
For more information and research about the health and wellness benefits of green buildings, please see:
Green offices – World Green Building Council Report: Health, well-being and productivity in offices: The next chapter for green building
Green homes – LEED for Homeowners, greening your home