M5V’s LEED Gold accreditation demonstrates the buildings ability to be environmental sustainable within a urban atmosphere. M5V can now proudly exist within the downtown core knowing that it consumes less energy and water, emits less harmful toxins, and provides an adequate living space for its tenants.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, consisting of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods. This rating system has quickly become a generic term among developers, architects, designers and contractors to describe high standards of green design, construction and operation.

LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with a standard intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Being introduced back in 1998, this program today encompasses more than 7,000 projects in the United States and over 30 countries including Canada.  LEED has evolved since its original inception in 1998 to more accurately represent and incorporate emerging green building technologies. Today, LEED consists of a suite of nine rating systems for the design, construction and operation of buildings, homes and neighbourhoods.

Five overarching categories correspond to the specialities available under the LEED Accredited Professional Program. That suite currently consists of; Green Building Design & Construction, Green Interior Design & Construction, Green Building Operations & Maintenance, Green Neighbourhood Development, and lastly Green Home Design and Construction which is the category M5V was awarded.

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