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Frito-Lay’s going green with its distribution centres

LEED certification extends and applies to construction projects of different industries, one of which we will explore is manufacturing industry’s distribution centres.

On November 22, 2011, Frito-Lay, opened Hawaii’s first industrial “new construction” Gold site. Some notable features include the using of photovoltaics  to generate 10% of the facility’s electricity, using of light colored paved surfaces to reduce the heat island effect, high efficient LED lighting used in the parking lot, and parking on the roof to reduce the area taken by the site. In addition, materials were selected for recycle content, regionally manufactured and low levels of votile organic compounds. Also, low-maintenance native plants were incorporated into the landscaping design to promote sustainable growth of natural plants.

In additional to its Hawaii’s distribution centre, Frito-Lay also has another Gold Certified distribution centre in Rochester, New York, which opened back in 2005, similarly, it has also employed many LEED initiatives: Parking “fields” allow runoff to percolate through the ground as it is funneled into a below-grade storage basin; photovoltaic solar panels were integrated into the building envelope; Low and no off-gassing materials were used throughout the facility; Highly efficient mechanical systems and well insulated building envelope; and more than 50 per cent of the site was restored to green space.

Frito-Lay is no doubt one of the leader in industrial green building, and we hope LEED’s certification system will bring more sustainable industrial buildings to light in the future.

4050 Yonge GOES GOLD!!

City of Toronto is LEEDING by example, with their new 7 storey building!

For full story visit: http://www.dcnonl.com/article/id45302

University of Toronto EXAM CENTER – LEED Gold

I am a student studying Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Ironically, the building in which I dread the most, is the closest to my heart.

This green hell-ish concept was designed from an old warehouse. It makes sense, all you need in an exam center are large open spaces for desks and chairs with enough room to encourage discourage cheating.


1. Re-using the entire structure when possible is not only logical and cost-saving, but also contributes to LEED points (MRc `1.1 – Building Re-use – Maintain existing Walls, Floors and Roof)

2. Electricity Reduction through the use of:

  • maximum use of natural light
  • a sophisticated lighting control system
  • high-efficiency T5 lighting fixtures
  • LED task lighting at each workstation
  • energy star appliances, computer monitors, displays and photocopiers
  • automated building controls (Direct Digital Control)

3. High SRI Rooftop made out of lightweight Concrete, keeps the building well insulated and keeps the temperature down during the summer.

4. Rainwater is collected on the rooftop, held in a cistern and then used in the toilets to reduce water use by 62%

5. Standing Bike storage is used for space efficiency.


When you think LEED, you DO NOT think GARAGE. But, believe it or not, that is one of the first things that come to a persons mind. Now that I am sitting down and thinking about it, it does make sense. In LEED there are so many credits attributed to reducing the amount of cars driven, specifically by one person. Many credits is Sustainable Sites award points for increasing bike use, pedestrian accessibility, public transit, carpool and discourage the single-use of an automobile.

So, it is logical that LEED would not allow Parking Garages, a complex with the sole purpose of supporting travel by car, to be LEED certified.

This news comes a 2 years after the first oxymoronic LEED parking garage was certified in 2008.

One valid argument PRO Garage LEED certification is the fact that a parking garage allows for more land to not be a hard surface. For example a 5 storey parking garage would take up 5 times less land than a parking lot needed to accommodate as many cars.


A Green Mosque?

Believe it or not, the Ground Zero Mosque is going LEED.

I can confidently say that the decision for this house of prayer to go green is the LEAST controversial part of this project. I do not need to get into the politics of the project, because I am sure you can figure it out, if haven’t been following the news. (LoL)

The Mosque and community centre, designed by SOMA Architects, will be the first LEED certified Mosque in the world upon completion. The project is aiming for LEED certification and utilizing day-lighting to reduce the energy demand of lighting a 13-storey complex.

The multi-use Faith centre will include a 500 seat auditorium, 9/11 memorial and a prayer centre to name a few attractions.




Check Out the first LEED Platinum Home designed by SB Architects located on a hillside in the SAN FRANCISCO BAY area. Like your favourite car named Betty, these guys named their house too, the contemporary Hillside House (not as spicy as Betty) The 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath 3000SF home is built using many rapidly-renewable woods and natural materials such as stone. The house is built into a hillside, giving it beautiful panoramic views.


for more information about the builders click here


Now that I have introduced you to LeadingLEED?
And an idea of what Sustainability is?
The concept of meeting our NEEDS, and the NEEDS of future generations


LEED is simply a point system, or a scorecard. The more energy efficient and “green” the building is, the more points it will earn. These points are earned through meeting credit requirements in LEED and there are 6 Categories in which to earn credits.

1. Sustainable Sites (SS)

Site Selection is the first step and arguably the most important part of the green building process. Its simple, the potential environmental effects of the project, depends on where you plan to build it. LEED awards the location you’ve chosen based on items ranging from proximity to PUBLIC Transit to bike storage and showers.

2. Water Efficiency (WE)

Water, like any other resource is finite. As the global population increases, so does the demand for water to be used in human and industrial processes. LEED awards the reduction of water used in toilets as well as the Re-use of GREY WATER.

3. Energy and Atmosphere (EA)

Most credits in ALL LEED categories are aimed to indirectly reduce the need for electricity. EA is the one category whose purpose is to directly reduce energy demand. The LEED rating system rewards buildings for reducing their energy demand, increasing their energy efficiency, monitoring energy use as well as investing in  Renewable energy sources.

4. Materials and Resources (MR)

MR deals with two items, reducing WASTE which is sent to landfills and Reducing the environmental impact of a building’s materials. LEED looks at how Materials are: Selected, Disposed and Reduced. Points are awarded for materials reuse, recyclying, renewable materials and maintaining a building already on the proposed site.

5. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

IEQ is a large section in LEED and addresses the environment INSIDE a building and how it affects the occupants inside. IEQ awards points for lighting, temperature, ventilation, indoor pollution and the amount of Daylight

6. Innovation in Design (ID)

This section of LEED awards points for inventive, sustainable and green building strategies which are beyond the scope of the LEED Rating System and not properly rewarded. There is a maximum of 6 points and having a LEED AP on the project is worth 1 POINT!





The Definition of SUSTAINABILITY

There is NO such thing as a truly sustainable building. Whenever we take from the Environment and Earth, there is no way to completely reverse our artificial alteration. However, in recent years we have been trying to attain sustainability, by essentially reducing our affect on the planet we call home.

LEED is a major step in the correct direction on humanity’s route to sustainable building and life. I am not going to bore and scare you with statistics about if we do not change our unsustainable lives THE RAPTURE will come or 2012 will occur. It is much more simple than that. The Earth possesses a limited amount of resources which WE DEPEND ON, the more we use them, the less there will be to support us.

So join me, and 130 000 other current LEED professionals and take a step towards sustainability.

Welcome to LeadingLEED

This website will be dedicated to inform everyone of the benefits  of LEED. We will explain what LEED is, who it can be used for and why it is an economical and environmentally necessity for our society. You cannot avoid the constant use of buzz words such as Building GREEN, Renewable Resources and of course the ALMIGHTY Global Warming. What you can do is educate yourself to realistically understand the threats to our planet and related mitigation strategies.

Please follow along on the BLOG, as well as the other pages to learn new and interesting items in the everexpanding Green Industry