As a company that takes pride in keeping abreast of new developments within the construction industry, Leeswood is fastidiously observant of client’s evolving needs and readily embraces change to meet them. In recent years for example, Leeswood was quick to recognize environmental responsibility and sustainability as increasingly important to their clients.
In response, the firm committed to having a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Building Rating System? service provider on staff. LEED is an internationally accepted green building certification system for the design, construction and operation of high-performance buildings that are healthy for their occupants and the environment.
According to Connie Wells, Leeswood’s Director of Sales and Marketing and accredited LEED Green Associate, “Reasons for pursuing LEED certification vary among clients. Some feel it’s the right thing to do; others see the financial long-term benefits and in some cases the government incentives associated with it; and some are driven by their own governing body. Whatever the reason, pursuing LEED shows commitment, legitimacy and marketability.” She goes on to explain, “Sustainability, by definition, is the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.” The goal of sustainable design is to create high performance buildings that reduce life cycle costs, reduce environmental impacts related to infrastructure, increase employee productivity and increase the efficiency of building operations. LEED takes a holistic approach and ensures that all aspects of the green initiatives work together cohesively. “If the building achieves certification, you can be certain it is sustainable and green.”
The Leeswood team has worked in tandem with our development partners on several LEED projects in the GTA. Leeswood works directly with the team during the initial phase of design budgeting to establish green parameters, taking the experience through the construct stages and building commissioning/
Leeswood has always been environmentally conscious in its practices. We have accredited professionals on staff to assist and guide our clients to achieving LEED certification, regardless of the level.