The efforts of the past year in gathering data, occupant surveys and tenant participation have been accumulated and tallied, and the LEED certification documents are being prepared for submission.
What is LEED? Click here to read our previous post for a full explanation.
Here is an overview of the credits that 720 King West are pursuing for LEED: Existing Buildings – Operations & Maintenance (EBOM):
Sustainable Sites: alternative transportation, building landscape management and pest control
Water Efficiency: reducing water consumption, minimizing waste water
Energy & Atmosphere: reducing building energy consumption, responsible management of ozone-depleting chemicals, commissioning of building systems
Materials & Resources: comprehensive waste program, use of locally sourced and sustainable materials
Indoor Environmental Quality: green cleaning policy, use of low-emitting materials and low VOC’s, improved delivery of ventilation air
Innovation in Design: Two credits awarded for exceeding credit requirements, development of a green education program for the building, using a LEED accredited professional
Regional Priority: These are credit achievements that are beneficial to the unique environmental issues of any given geographical location. For 720 King, points are being attempted for heat island effect, indoor plumbing fixture efficiency, and an Energy Star rating over 81.
LEED has four performance ratings:
40 to 49 points: Certified
50 to 59 points: Silver
60 to 79 points: Gold
80 or more points: Platinum
We anticipated a performance rating of Certified, but we are pleased to announce that we have accumulated enough points to attempt a performance rating of Silver! This is a great achievement, thank you to the tenants who participated by providing information and completing the surveys.
The submission to the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) will be made on April 29th. We will be sure to announce the results in a few months once the review process is complete.