Leaders in green building practices and environmental stewardship
At ProCura, we recognize the significant impact that design and construction practices have on the environment. More importantly, we are taking a proactive leadership role in applying the latest technologies and practices to reduce each of our buildings ecological footprint and were the first developer in the City of Edmonton to achieve LEED®GOLD certification for our award-winning Intact Insurance building.
Our commitment to sustainable building practices has led to recent projects meeting the stringent criteria set by Canada's Green Building Council for their LEED®GOLD - Core and Shell certification and Mayfair Village being awarded the BuiltGreen™ Silver certification for its sustainable design standards. And with in-house LEED® accredited staff, we have the capabilities to develop any future project with sustainable building goals in-mind.
Aside from feeling better about the sustainability of our buildings, there are many tangible benefits to developing or retrofitting our buildings to meet these new standards. From reduced energy costs and water usage, to increased air quality and more natural light, companies are experiencing higher levels of productivity from their staff as well as reduced levels of absenteeism. And whether it is a commercial or residential development, our greener buildings are attracting and retaining long-term tenants.
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an environmental building rating system that is quickly transforming the building industry toward a more sustainable and healthy future. It is a comprehensive third-party certification for green buildings and provides building owners and operators with a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.
LEED® certified buildings provide many benefits to both building owners and tenants:
- Lower energy prices.
- Lower water usage.
- Healthier tenant spaces.
- Higher levels of daylight and quality views.
The benefits of green buildings are now being measured and quantified as having a large impact on increasing productivity and sales, as well as decreasing absenteeism. Studies of workers in LEED® buildings reported productivity increases of up to 16%, including reduced absenteeism and improved work quality.
For more information on LEED®, visit Canada Green Building Council (http://www.cagbc.org)
The ProCura LEED® team
ProCura is proud to have a dedicated team of professionals who specialize in developing, integrating and maintaining LEED® protocol into its new properties.
Michael Shipley has completed training in LEED Canada for New Construction 2009 Technical Review. Along with this, Michael has gained expertise and successfully achieved LEED certification on a number of completed projects as evidenced by his involvement in numerous LEED projects including:
LEED Silver, Calgary
- 640 Fifth- Office Tower Retrofit
- CPS Westwinds Campus- Office/Warehouse Conversion and Retrofit
- London at Heritage Station- Mixed Use Commercial/Residential
Built Green™ promotes and recognizes the use of practices and products that represent resource efficient and environmentally friendly construction. ProCura uses the established and innovative practices, standards and technologies researched and acknowledged by Built Green™.
Established in 2003, BuiltGreen Canada is a third-party certification program for homes that are energy efficient and environmentally responsible. The BuiltGreen™ name adds value to homes by promoting the use of practices and products that represent resource-efficient and environmentally friendly construction. The goals of BuiltGreen Canada are as follows:
- Provide greater energy efficiency and reduce pollution.
- Provide healthier indoor air.
- Preserve natural resources.
- Improved durability and reduce maintenance.
The BuiltGreen program encourages builders to leverage technologies, products, and practices that will create healthier, more cost effective housing that has a lower impact on the environment. And as a resource efficient building, the BuiltGreen label adds long-term value to the residence whether it be single family dwelling or a multi-story residential tower.
For more information, visit BuiltGreen (http://www.builtgreencanada.ca/)