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Energy usage in Canada

Whether you care about climate change, air pollution, or even the price of resources of energy, you will have no doubt that the current model of energy consumption in the world is unsustainable. New solutions and innovations are needed to better use the Earth’s natural resources in a way that does not lead to a future of energy scarcity.

Let us now focus our attention on Canada’s energy sector. In Canada, the residential sector is responsible for 17 percent of all energy used (take a look at Fig. 1)

Figure 1. Share of energy usage in each sector

83 percent of all residential energy consumption went into space and water heating (look at Fig 2). This is not surprising, since Canada is a cold-climate country. What this means though is that there is a huge potential for innovation in residential energy sector in Canada.

Figure 2. Share of energy usage in residential sector

 

Roadmap

According to the Paris Accord signed in 2015, involved governments around the world are required to decrease their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by predetermined amounts. With regard to buildings’ energy consumption, which accounts for a big share of our energy usage, there is a practical approach based on managing two facets simultaneously: An increase in efficiency and a decrease in demand.

This approach has provided an attractive opportunity for innovation for professionals working in the field of building science and engineering. Many entities have been founded to guide activities in the energy sector, especially building systems. ASHRAE guidelines are among the most important standards in this sector. There is also Green Globes, which is an online rating and guidance tool for construction and management of buildings’ environmental characteristics. U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is responsible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guideline and rating system. LEED is widely adopted not only in the U.S. but also all around the world. It is worth noting that Canada is the largest international market for LEED-certified buildings. Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is an organization commissioned with moving toward buildings that have high energy efficiency, are environment-friendly, and observe high health standards for residents in both residential and commercial buildings in Canada. CaGBC is also the governing branch for LEED certifications in Canada.

LEED guidelines and rating

LEED employs an actionable and measurable framework to implement green building features in five areas of design, construction, operation, maintenance, and demolition. Overall, LEED aims to satisfy three goals: sustainability, resource efficiency, and compliancy with triple bottom line (TBL).

 

LEED Certifications for Buildings

LEED-certified buildings are classified into different levels, based on the extent to which the building is LEED-compliant:

Certified 40-49 Points
Silver 50-59 Points
Gold 60-79 Points
Platinum +80 Points

 

LEED Credentials for Professionals

With a rapid growth of different professions all specializing in green buildings, the need for a certification to serve as a seal of approval for an engineer’s competence in the field of green buildings was apparent. That is exactly what LEED certifications are. LEED certifications help you showcase your experience and knowledge, as an active and up-to-date engineer, to employers and clients working on building projects.

LEED Green Associate and Accredited Professional

(LEED AP)

LEED Green Associate

(LEED GA)

The LEED AP credential arms you with advanced knowledge in green building as well as expertise in a particular LEED rating system. There are five different LEED AP specialties, and you must earn your LEED Green Associate prior to attempting a LEED AP with specialty. It is highly recommended that you have experience working with LEED prior to attempting your LEED AP exam:

LEED AP Building Design + Construction

(LEED AP BD+C)

Suited for professionals with expertise in the design and construction phases of green buildings, serving the commercial, residential, education and healthcare sectors.

LEED AP Operations + Maintenance

(LEED AP O+M)

Distinguishes professionals implementing sustainable practices, improving performance, heightening efficiency and reducing environmental impact in existing buildings through enhanced operations and maintenance.

LEED AP Interior Design + Construction

(LEED AP ID+C)

Serves participants in the design, construction and improvement of commercial interiors and tenant spaces that offer a healthy, sustainable and productive work environment.

LEED AP Homes

Suited for those involved in the design and construction of healthy, durable homes that use fewer resources and produce less wastes.

LEED AP Neighborhood Development

(LEED AP ND)

Applies to individuals participating in the planning, design and development of walkable, healthy and sustainable neighborhoods and communities.

Whether you are an experience professional or an interested beginner, this credential helps you gain a general and introductory knowledge of green buildings.

 

The importance of LEED Credentials for Engineers looking for a job

Lately, many job postings in the building engineering industry have mentioned LEED credentials as either a requirement or an asset. Therefore, it is safe to say having these credentials not only increases the chances of employment but also increases salary for experienced engineers and architects. All in all, it is recommended that those who aspire to work or progress in the fields of architecture, sustainable design, building energy modeling, and HVAC also pay attention to LEED certifications.

LEED Exams

LEED AP LEED GA
Full exam: $400 ($550 for non-members)

Specialty only: $250 ($350 for non-members

$200 ($250 for non-members) Cost (in CAD)
Applicant must have LEED GA certification. Experience working on a LEED-registered project is strongly recommended. non Eligibility Requirements
100 multiple-choice questions in 120 minutes. Timing Format
English – Exams are available in the following languages, with translation aids: Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and French. The Language of the Exam
Passing score: +85% or 170/200 scored between 125 and 200. Passing Score

 

Fanavaran technical and engineering group is proud to announce that with the help of our experienced instructors in the field of LEED, all of whom have LEED credentials, we are offering LEED preparation courses to Iranian engineers residing in Canada.

In these courses, all exam materials are explained in detail. Furthermore, exam resources are introduced and sample questions are offered. Therefore, you will be completely prepared to take this exam.

By Ali Sayedsalehi

Comments (2)

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