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About LEED®

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System encourages the adoption of sustainable green building and development practices. LEED® Certification distinguishes building projects that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability by meeting the highest performance standards. It is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

LEED® awards points to a building's performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:

  • Sustainable site development
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy efficiency
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality

An additional category 'Innovation in Design' is also recognized by LEED®. This category addresses sustainable building expertise, exemplary performance, and design (or operational) measures not covered under the above five environmental categories.

Certification of a building is based on the total point score achieved, following an independent review. There are four possible levels of certification (certified, silver, gold and platinum).

Outside Campus

VIU is applying for LEED® Gold Certification for the Cowichan Campus.

  • "VIU is committed to leadership in sustainability in our operations, research, education and community engagement to ensure resources will be available for the generations ahead."
  • Ralph Nilson, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Buildings account for over one-third of North America's greenhouse gas emissions.