FAQ on LEED

Building assessment tools are used to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings. LEEDTM, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is one example of an increasingly popular building assessment tool developed by the US Green Building Council A BC version of LEEDTM is currently being developed and a draft copy is available at the greenbuildingbc web site
weblink: USGBC web sitefrom: APEGBC – Association of Professional Engineers of BCin detail XlnkS4A3 XlnkC1778

LEED Implementation Task Force of APEGBC – LITF

The LEED Implementation Task Force was created in response to the following three motions that APEGBC Council passed at the 2001 Annual General Meeting:

  1. The LEED model be the preferred method for building environmental assessment in British Columbia.
  2. A proactive role be taken in encouraging the Association’s members to address sustainability issues such as are identified in the LEED model.
  3. The Association seek input from the Consulting Engineers of BC and the Sustainability Committee on implementing its recommendation to adopt the LEED model.

The Task Force met roughly every month to discuss possible issues that Members may face when trying to use the LEED framework in practice and to suggest solutions for addressing these issues. A report was completed in September 2002 that presents these findings along with an Action Plan for implementing its recommendations. This Action Plan clearly outlines actions and responsibilities that APEGBC Staff and Committees can take in helping Members implement the LEED framework in practice. The Report was approved by Council in April 2003.
from: APEGBC – Association of Professional Engineers of BCdocument: LITF Final Report April 2003in detailsee also: LEED – Green Building Rating System XlnkS4A2 XlnkC1778

Alcan Corporate Sustainability Report

Alcan’s First Corporate Sustainability Report titled “Alcan’s Journey Towards Sustainability” offers testimony to Alcan’s determination to understand and integrate sustainability into their business culture and processes. It provides a ‘snapshot’ of where they are in their sustainability journey, highlighting accomplishments done to date as well as the many challenges that remain to overcome.
weblink: alcan.com/corporate/AlcanCom.nsf/libweb/corporate+sustainabilityfrom: ALCANin detail XlnkS4A0 XlnkC182A

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We’ve found a new way to win in the marketplace…one that does not come at the expense of our grandchildren or the earth, but at the expense of the inefficient competitor.– Ray Anderson,CEO, Interface

Why being less bad is no good

In the second chapter, MDBC challenges the idea that to be less environmentally destructive is enough. Eco-efficiency will drive the planet to a slow death rather than a fast one, and therefore is not the cure, they say. Looking at the 4R’s: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and … Regulate Reduce: How much is enough? Even tiny amount of toxics – such as dioxins- may accumulate over time. Extremely small particulates escaping from the most efficient air pollution control equipment can still damage the lungs. Despite persistent misconception, nature is not able to completely absorb and purify unsafe waste to safe levels. Recycle: Often recycled material are contaminated by other unwanted material. For example, car bodies are mixed with copper wires, paint and plastic and can be only be re-melted into a lower quality steel. The same happens with plastic, which is often mixed with other plastics to produce a lower quality plastic or paper, which is contaminated by inks. Therefore, industrial recycling is almost always “downcycling” Regulate : Regulation is a licence to harm, says MDBC. It might be necessary, to protect the public good, but ultimately it is a signal of design failure. Efficiency Efficiency in itself is neither good nor bad. Efficiency on one side may create other problems. For example, efficient airtight houses create indoor air quality problems. The Nazis were extremely efficient at their design of death and destruction. Efficient agriculture shows now it downside. Contrary to the rest of nature, humans seem condemned to guilt and self-restraint through eco-efficiency. The goal is zero: zero waste, zero emission, zero “ecological footprint”. For MDBC, this model is wrong. The goal “to be less bad” means to believe that poorly designed, destructive systems is the best humans can do. The ultimate failure of the “be less bad” approach is a failure of the imagination. MDBC believes that a better model should be searched.
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Our Common Future

Also known as “the Bruntland report, this report published in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development, warned that if pollution control was not intensified, human health, property, and ecosystems would be seriously treatened, and urban existence would become intolerable. “Industry and industrial operations should be encouraged that are more effiient in terms of resource use, that generate less pollution and waste, that are based on the use of renewable rather than non-renewable resources, and that minimize irreversible adverse impacts on human health and the environment”
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Centre for the Built Environment

The Center for the Built Environment (CBE) was established in May 1997, at the University of California, Berkeley under the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Program. CBE’s mission is to provide timely, unbiased information on promising new building technologies and design techniques. Current research topics: Mixed Mode Buildings, Occupant Feedback, Operable Windows, Satisfaction Survey, Speech Privacy, Team Space, Thermal Comfort Model, Underfloor Air Distribution Case Studies, Ventilation/Productivity, and Wireless Sensing.
weblink: cbe.berkeley.edu/from: Centre for the Built Environment – UC Berkeleyin detail XlnkS49E XlnkC1827

US Green Building Council

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is responsible for organizing green building initaitives in the US, including the popular LEED framework. The USGBC is a growing national body with chapters, such as the Cascadia Chapters of which British Columbia is affiliated, that serve to carry out USGBC initiatives such as LEED.
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