CaraCo is proud to have built Kingston’s first LEED home. As well as building projects to a LEED Standard, LEED Certified and LEED Gold, we have undertaken other sustainable projects such as Optimum Home Performance 2020 and EnergyStar. We are proud to offer sustainable upgrades such as LEED to our customers.
LEED® Canada for Homes is an initiative designed to promote the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry toward more sustainable practices. LEED® Canada for Homes is targeting the top 25% of new homes with best practice environmental features. LEED® Canada for Homes is a collaborative initiative that actively works with all sectors of the homebuilding industry.
By recognizing sustainable design and construction in homes nationwide, LEED® Canada for Homes helps homebuilders differentiate their homes as some of the best homes in their markets, using a recognized national brand. Furthermore, homebuyers can more readily identify third-party-verified green homes.
While there are already a number of local or regional green homebuilding programs, LEED® Canada for Homes is attempting to provide national consistency in defining the features of a green home and to enable builders anywhere in the country to obtain a green rating on their homes. LEED® Canada for Homes represents a consensus standard for green homebuilding developed and refined by a diverse cadre of national experts and experienced green builders. The LEED® Canada for Homes Rating System is part of the comprehensive suite of LEED® assessment tools offered by the CaGBC to promote sustainable design, construction, and operations practices in buildings nationwide.
The LEED® Canada for Homes Rating System measures the overall performance of a home in eight
- Innovation & Design Process (ID). Special design methods, unique regional credits, measures not currently addressed in the Rating System, and exemplary performance levels.
- Location & Linkages (LL). The placement of homes in socially and environmentally responsible ways in relation to the larger community.
- Sustainable Sites (SS). The use of the entire property so as to minimize the project’s impact onthe site.
- Water Efficiency (WE). Water-efficient practices, both indoor and outdoor.
- Energy & Atmosphere (EA). Energy efficiency, particularly in the building envelope and heating and cooling design.
- Materials & Resources (MR). Efficient utilization of materials, selection of environmentally preferable materials, and minimization of waste during construction.
- Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ). Improvement of indoor air quality by reducing the creation of and exposure to pollutants.
- Awareness & Education (AE). The education of the homeowner, tenant, and/or building manager about the operation and maintenance of the green features of a LEED® home.
The LEED® Canada for Homes Rating System works by requiring a minimum level of performance through
prerequisites, and rewarding improved performance in each of the above categories. The level of
performance is indicated by four performance tiers – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum – according to
the number of points earned.