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LEED Program for Green Buildings


In recent years, the LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (LEED) PROGRAM was developed in North America in response to the need to improve our environment. The U.S. Green Building Council initially produced nationally acceptable benchmarks for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. This program was enthusiastically accepted in Canada by all levels of government, by architects, consulting engineers, general contractors and trade subcontractors.

The LEED Program provides flexible, consistent and credible standards for measuring and documenting building design and performance in five key areas, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality for new buildings and for retrofit projects for existing buildings.

Commissioning the building mechanical and electrical systems and effective and efficient operation and maintenance of these systems are crucial elements in overall building performance. Western Mechanical Services played an important role in the implementation of the LEED Program in British Columbia. In 2004, the Heritage Village School project was completed with LEED Silver certification.

Western Mechanical provided fundamental and additional commissioning services for the mechanical systems including a ground source heat pump, heat recovery systems and variable speed pumps for the air handling units and fan coil systems. Since then, Western Mechanical has successfully completed the commissioning for the mechanical and electrical systems for many LEED projects including Vancouver Transit Centre, high rise residential buildings, office and educational buildings.