23 Jan 2014
World innovation news
Infrastructures and Built Environment
LEED Project Silver Certified at Val-David, Québec, Canada
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a revolutionary way to build houses today. It is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998, LEED is intended to help building owners and operators to be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. In 2003, the Canada Green Building Council received permission to create LEED Canada.
Robin Gratton is the owner of Construction Larix, which is located in Val-David, Québec, a small town in the middle of the Laurentian Mountains about 80 kilometers north of Montreal, Quebec. Mr. Gratton had the dream to create a LEED certified house in his town.
The original goal was to reach the LEED Silver certification at a low cost, so the first task would be to reduce the number of square feet for greater focus on quality: one of the basic principles of green building. They used a technique of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover based on building with wood from sustainable forests, as well as the use of local green materials.
Here is a video of a LEED home completed: