What does LEED mean?

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The TBG facility has been designed according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System and its underlying principles. The Toronto Botanical Garden was one of the first to register a project with the new Canadian version of LEED® and the first not-for-profit to achieve LEED® certification in the city of Toronto.

LEED® recognizes leading-edge buildings that incorporate design, construction and operational practices that combine healthy, high-quality and high-performance advantages with reduced environmental impacts. LEED® provides a voluntary, consensus-based, market-responsive set of criteria that evaluateS project performance from a whole-building, whole-life perspective, providing a common understanding for what constitutes a “green building” in the Canadian context.

LEED® awards points for meeting specific performance criteria, defined in Prerequisites and Credits that outperform typical standard practice. Building occupants are assured of superior building performance by an independent review of a project’s construction documents. The review is conducted by experienced design professionals following a well-defined, transparent methodology.

Reference:
Canada Green Building Council

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Aldona Satterthwaite about the author: Aldona Satterthwaite

Aldona Satterthwaite started gardening as a child and has never stopped. Until recently, she was the executive director of Toronto Botanical Garden. Previously, Aldona was editor-in-chief of Canadian Gardening magazine, which during her eight-year tenure was twice named Magazine of the Year (large circulation category) by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. In 2007, she was co-named Editor of the Year. Aldona, who’s a Master Gardener, completed her journalism studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now Westminster University) in London, England and studied landscape architecture at Ryerson University. She’s enjoyed a varied and successful writing and editing career that has spanned magazines, advertising and the museum world, and has included stints as Director of Writing Services at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and as manager of creative services at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

  • Thinh Le

    How many points has the George and Kathy Center for horticulture received?

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