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The Canadian (CaGBC) Recycling Guidelines

CANADA GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL & LEED

What is LEED?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System Criteria; adapted and implemented by The Canada Green Building Council – (CaGBC).

 

The Canada Green Building Council has been officially established as a national not-for-profit has a Licensing Agreement with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the exclusive implementation of the LEED Green Building Rating System in Canada.

 

The Canada Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system is a voluntary, market-based rating system for defining what elements make a building ‘green’ and to quantify how ‘green’ a building is in comparison to another building.

 

CaGBC provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. The LEED Rating System is recognized nationally and internationally as the Green Building design standard.

 

Where to obtain more information?

Visit the national web site http://www.cagbc.org for information pertaining to membership, upcoming seminars, courses, CaGBC rating system, certification process, training workshops, accreditation exam and case studies.

Contact the Regional Association (CaGBC) – Alberta Chapter office, Tanya Doran, Executive Director (780) 669-3665.

 

The LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability in the Canada and the USA.

There are four areas of a LEED project where contractors are primarily involved, starting with a construction waste management plan.

 

  1. Site remediation erosion and sedimentation control
  2. Percentage of remanufactured building material – used for new construction
  3. Indoor air quality management
  4. Waste Diversion / LEED Construction Debris Recycling

 

For example, construction waste management is quite complex. It is not just keeping all the different types of waste – wood, metals, plastics etc. – in separate bins, but it means understanding and being able to prove what happens to them.

* In partnership, Waste Reduction & Recycling Consultants Inc. conducts ongoing research with accredited recycling facilitators with intentions of developing cost effective modes to divert waste materials from the landfill into the recycling stream.

 

Why Should My Construction Company Care?

LEED is rapidly becoming the leading Canadian standard for measuring a building’s environmental performance. It is becoming a regulatory requirement as the Federal Government, the Province of Alberta and such municipalities as the City of Edmonton have adopted a pledge to meet LEED certification for all their new buildings. Private Corporations, developers, building owners are also adopting LEED green building standards.

 

Our Mutual Objectives
Waste Reduction & Recycling Consultants Inc. in partnership is therefore, developing competency in the CaGBC – LEED industry, in our opinion it is important for construction companies for a number of reasons:

 

  1. Meeting requirements on projects undergoing LEED certification
  2. Recruiting clients such as governments, colleges, and major businesses that use LEED
  3. Delivering a quality product to those customers
  4. Gaining a competitive edge in the growing green building marketplace
  5. Bids & Tenders

 

The Contractor’s Role

Although much of what makes a building LEED certified depends on design decisions, contractors have a significant role in implementing LEED on a project. Construction companies with a working knowledge of LEED and experience with sustainable construction practices are in demand.

 

Architects, Developers, and owners want a contractor who can:

 

  1. Assemble and maintain records necessary to document a building’s compliance with LEED requirements.
  2. Execute new construction methods per specifications, at a cost effective manner.
  3. Achieve high recycling /recovery rates.
  4. Source LEED accredited building materials from suppliers.
  5. Obtain proper submittal documentation from suppliers + manufacturers.
  6. LEED standards require that all products be extracted, manufactured and produced regionally.