LEED in Canada Education Promotes Green Building

What is LEED®?
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is this country's leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing green building and sustainable community development. The organization provides a host of educational opportunities, available online and at the national level, as well as through eight local chapters across the country. LEED education is one important facet of CaGBC's activities.
LEED is the internationally accepted benchmark and mark of excellence for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The word is an acronym for ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design'. CaGBC holds the Canadian license for LEED in Canada and has enthusiastically embraced the LEED rating systems, which are transforming how built environments are designed, constructed and operated. Canada's LEED ratings have refined the U.S. system to reflect Canadian climates, construction practices and regulations.
It's a holistic approach to sustainability, recognizing performance in five areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED certification is based on a total point score achieved in these five areas following an independent review.
The CaGBC's LEED curriculum is designed for full-time, continuing education and professional development students. Courses are available in both full semester and individual modules and give students knowledge of LEED rating systems, preparing them for LEED Green Associate or LEED specialty exams. The advantage to institutions and instructors is that CaGBC's materials can reduce their own course development time and effort. It also increases enrolment and revenue and contributes to the long-term success of students.
LEED Courses Offered by CaGBC
‘Building Green with LEED' is an intensive 36-hour, core program that provides a comprehensive overview of techniques, approaches, materials and technologies used in creating green buildings and communities. It gives students an understanding of LEED rating systems and illustrates the various strategies that are used to meet LEED requirements in green building.
Other 36-hour courses are LEED in Practice, LEED Canada for New Construction, and LEED Green Building Strategies.
Modular delivery of shorter courses is flexible and cost-efficient to implement. It allows instructors to update and manage course curriculum independently and to select among various CaGBC courses that fit a pre-existing curriculum. An introduction to the LEED Green Building Rating systems is one such three-hour module, which explains key components and shows where various LEED systems are to be applied. The LEED Green Associate study course is two days and again is introductory level exam, geared to students who wish to continue on to more advanced LEED credentials.
CaGBC's Conference Provides More Education Opportunities
Further opportunities for LEED education are provided at the CaGBC's national conference, which in 2015 is being held in Vancouver. The CaGBC National Conference and Expo 2014 boasted a packed agenda of educational opportunities. In addition to workshops, master speaker activities and networking receptions, there is always a popular Expo floor featuring 100 of Canada's most innovative companies, products and services. It's all part of the continuum of a green building movement that is transforming Canada.  Mark your calendars for next year's conference when Building Lasting Change hits Vancouver from June 2 - 4, 2015.
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