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CSA and CaGBC join forces to support LEED v4 and EPD

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The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are joining forces to support Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 and CSA Group’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program.

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The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are joining forces to support Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 and CSA Group’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program.

“The CaGBC, its members and Chapters have worked for more than a decade to transform the built environment in Canada, and I’m pleased to say that Canada now ranks first in the world after the US for LEED certified projects,” said Thomas Mueller, CaGBC President and CEO.

“LEED v4 incorporates a greater emphasis on building performance and material transparency for more building types than ever before. CSA Group is a natural partner to provide assessment, training and technical services to increase the understanding and adoption of green building product choices in Canada.”

Buildings generate more than one third of all greenhouse gases, contribute an equal amount of waste to landfills through construction and demolition activities, and account for the vast majority of water consumption.

For this reason, LEED recognizes that sustainability must be a part of the design, construction and operation of a building.

LEED is an international mark of excellence in green building and recognized by over 146 countries worldwide.

EPDs are an important part of the life cycle assessment of a building. When a company is constructing a building, EPDs provide a standard way to measure the environmental impact of a product or system. Starting with raw materials, EPDs continue all the way through to the end product. They measure overall energy use and efficiency, the materials that were used to make the product, chemical substances, emissions and waste generation.

For the final occupants of a building, whether it is an office or a home, EPDs are like the nutrition label on a food box; they help give a full picture of how green a building is, from beginning to end.

As a result, EPDs play an important role in LEED v4, and understanding and adopting this practice will help ensure more sustainable building practices now and into the future.

CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.

The CaGBC is the leading national industry organization advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. The CaGBC is the license holder for the LEED green building rating system in Canada. It works closely with member organizations who are involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings and homes in an effort to make every building greener. This is achieved by reducing environmental impacts from the built environment through education/ training, building certification, advocacy and information sharing.

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