Number of LEED APs to exceed 6,000 by end of year
By Robert Colman
Montreal, QC — During a keynote address at lunch on June 10th at the Canada Green Building Council's (CaGBC) National Summit in Montreal, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC, announced that it's likely there will be more than 6,000 LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) in Canada by the end of this year. He also noted that the City of Montreal is now making LEED Gold the standard certification for all of their buildings.
By Robert Colman
Mueller announced changes to LEED Canada for New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings (Operations and Maintenance) rating systems, and also noted that there will be planned revisions to those standards again in 2012.
Gail Vittori, Chair of the US Green Building Council, was also on hand to address the audience of 800 at the summit. She states that it’s "a time to say every building will be green", rather than the rather tame tagline for this year’s summit – "Every building can be green."
With Montreal announcing that it has set a LEED standard for its buildings, it does seem that we’re getting past that "can" and slightly closer to that "will," although we’ve got an awful long way to go. Still, Mueller did note that there are now more than 100 LEED certified buildings in Canada, and close to 1,000 buildings that are proposing to meet the LEED standard at some level. This is promising.
The biggest challenge is probably going to be addressing the existing housing stock. LEED has started to wade into this pool — there are two LEED certified homes already — but it’ll be an uphill climb.