Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

January 27, 2017

Canadian LEED Registered Projects Surpass 1 Billion Square FeetGreen building in Canada has reached a significant milestone, with a Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announcement that there are now over 1 billion square feet of LEED registered projects in Canada.

Representing nearly 7,000 LEED buildings, homes and communities since 2004, this growth can be attributed to the successful and widespread adoption of LEED by Canada’s industry, leading to significant innovation and economic development.

As the federal government plans for the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which recognizes the building sector as an area critical to the reduction of emissions, the building industry’s widespread LEED experience will be crucial to its success.

“We have just 13 years to reach aggressive national and international commitments to climate change,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “Our members, stakeholders and the green building industry have proven that we are ready to take on this challenge. With over one billion square feet of LEED projects across the country, a new more rigorous version of LEED, and the release of a net zero carbon standard for Canada coming mid-year, it is evident that we are ready to hit the ground running and do our part in the countdown to 2030.”

As the world moves toward a low carbon economy, CaGBC is pushing higher standards for the performance of buildings (both new and existing) through LEED v4. It is also moving ahead with plans to support the industry by providing Canada’s first state-of-the-art guideline and third-party verification for zero carbon buildings. In addition, it is expanding research and consultations on existing buildings to determine how Canada’s infrastructure can be better managed and retrofitted — both to stimulate job growth and reduce GHG emissions.

Overall LEED numbers in 2016 show growing impact across the country

In a preview of what is to come, LEED’s end of year totals for 2016 were strong overall, with a total of 406 LEED projects certified between January 1 and December 31, 2016. This brings the grand total of certified projects in Canada to 2,990.

Final totals by LEED certification level for 2016 were

• 70 LEED Certified

• 154 LEED Silver

• 152 LEED Gold

• 30 LEED Platinum

The top five provinces for LEED certification across Canada in 2016 alone were

• Ontario — 147

• Quebec — 103

• British Columbia — 62

• Alberta — 61

• Manitoba — 10

The total number of LEED certified projects in Canada (all types) now sits at 2,937.

In the first quarter of 2016, Canadian LEED certified projects reached a cumulative reduction of over one million tonnes of CO2e in greenhouse gas emissions — the equivalent of taking 238,377 cars off the road for a year.

In 2016, Canada was named as a top country for LEED projects internationally by the USGBC for the third year in a row. LEED Gold certified projects also surpassed 1000 in the first quarter of 2016. LEED Gold makes up 42% of all LEED certified projects in Canada, the highest percentage of all levels.

For ongoing updates on LEED in Canada, visit www.cagbc.org/LEED.


      Salex Welcomes New Partner: Senso by Lumini                    

LDS Salex Spotlight 400Salex is pleased to announce a new partnership with Senso by Luminii – a Canadian manufacturer of locally made LED fixtures. As of August 6, Salex will represent their lighting products in the Southwestern Ontario region.

With every product, Senso Lighting pursues a vision of providing flexible and environmentally conscious lighting solutions to upgrade the typical fluorescent office. For over ten years, the Canadian manufacturer has specialized in LED technology and embarks on a mission to illuminate commercial spaces with custom solutions that are beautiful, economical and sustainable.


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BCEA SparkBCBCEA's next Professional Development series will be on 2018 Updates & 2021 Code Changes with Ted Gilbert. Ted Gilbert is a well-known industry expert and a certified Master Electrician with over 30 years as an electrical contractor, electrician, code change instructor and Safety Officer with Technical Safety BC. He is a Senior Instructor with SparkBC Technical Training and currently teaches code change courses across BC.

Ted’s presentation will focus on the new or revised Rules pertaining to safety of personnel and protection of electrical equipment. These Rule changes are found in the BC Electrical Code in Sections 2,4,8,10,12,16,26 and 78.

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AEAThe Alberta Electrical Alliance have partnered with Mansfield Technical Services to provide training on the 24th Edition of the Canadian Electrical Code. 

The course will cover changes in the Canadian Electrical Code to keep you current with safety standards for the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment.

Participants will learn:
  • 2018 Canadian Electrical Code 24th edition
  • Over 535 rule changes and 76 table changes
  • 69 new or revised special terminology and definition changes

 

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