720 King West Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Last year we announced that 720 King was pursuing LEED certification, with a goal of achieving a rating of Certified. We are pleased to announce that the building surpassed its initial goal and has achieved certification of LEED Gold!2014LEEDGold

This achievement was realized through the combined efforts of the Green Council, represented by the building’s tenants, and the staff at Triovest and Green Reason Inc. Thanks to everyone for their hard work and dedication that led us to achieve this significant milestone.

What is LEED©?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design and construction.  LEED is the most recognized green building rating system in North America and is rapidly becoming an international standard around the world.

The Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) has adapted the rating system to suit the Canadian market and align with the building design and construction industry in Canada. There are over 5,000 buildings registered with the CaGBC as LEED projects.

LEED is a points-based rating system; points are earned for building attributes considered environmentally beneficial. 720 King achieved LEED Gold under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system, which is a rating system designed especially for existing buildings like 720 King.

LEED Gold represents a points total of at least 60 out of a total of 110 points. 720 King earned 62 LEED points for documenting its existing sustainable attributes and programs, as well as improving some programs and making some building improvements.  Together, these have the effect of improving energy efficiency, reducing water usage, providing a healthy indoor environment for occupants and reducing the building’s overall carbon footprint.

Here’s a breakdown of the points we achieved by LEED category:

15 out of 26 points under Sustainable Sites for:

  • Alternative Commuting
  • Heat Island Reduction: Underground Parking
  • Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management

5 out of 14 points under Water Efficiency for:

  • Indoor Plumbing Fixture Efficiency
  • Cooling Tower Water Management

20 out of 35 points under Energy & Atmosphere for:

  • Energy Efficient Performance
  • Existing Building Commissioning: Investigation, Analysis and Implementation
  • Refrigerant Management: Ozone Protection
  • Emissions Reduction Reporting
  • Ongoing Commissioning Program

7 out of 10 points under Materials & Resources for:

  • Sustainable Purchasing including Computers and Electric-Powered Equipment, Facility Alterations and Additions, Reduced Mercury in Lights
  • Solid Waste Management including Ongoing Consumables, Durable Goods, Facility Alterations and Additions and Waste Stream Audit.

6 out of 15 points under Indoor Environmental Quality for:

  • IAQ Best Management Practices including IAQ Audit and High Efficiency HVAC Filters;
  • Green Cleaning including High Performance Cleaning Program, Indoor Chemical & Pollutant
  • Source Control, Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials, and Indoor Integrated Pest Management.

6 out of 6 points under Innovation in Design for:

  • Green Building Education Program (including our Green Council)
  • Exceptional performance of other credits including Sustainable Purchasing and Green Cleaning
  • Documenting Sustainable Building Costs
  • LEED Accredited Professional

2 out of 4 points under Regional Priority were automatically awarded for achieving points considered priorities in our geographical region.

If you want to know more about LEED and the credit categories above, you can visit the Canadian Green Building Council’s website, here.