July 18, 2005

Ontario winery granted first silver certification under LEED Canada

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONT-Only five months after the launch of the LEED(r) Canada for New Construction green building rating system, the Canada Green Building Council (CGBC) has awarded its first LEED Canada Silver certification to Stratus Vineyards, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Stratus demonstrated leadership by going beyond the building to incorporate the wine-making process into the green building design process. "This is a substantial challenge but it is illustrative of the kind of shift to holistic thinking that the building industry needs to make," said CGBC president Alex Zimmerman. Stratus Vineyards becomes the first LEED-certified project in Ontario and the first LEED Canada project to be certified. The firm was presented with the LEED award at its official opening on June 29. LEED Canada (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the national rating system standard for the design, construction, and maintenance of sustainable new buildings and major retrofits. The system recognizes leading-edge buildings that incorporate design and construction practices combining healthy, high-quality and high-performance advantages with reduced environmental impacts. Based on a U.S. counterpart developed by the US Green Building Council, LEED Canada is administered and implemented by the CGBC as licence holder for the system. More information is available from Luana Mirella at the CGBC, 250/483-3219.

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