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WHAT IS THIS? new metallic GREEN ways

There is one thing all these buildings have in common.

Believe it or not, they are all made out of STEEL SHIPPING CONTAINERS. If you take a closer look, you can see the steel grooves of each of some of the boxes, as well as the odd rectangular prism shape.

Well, shipping containers have lifted logical recycling to new levels of epic-ness. They’re re-use simply makes sense.

Steel is an expensive material, but it is also structurally strong and lasting. The boxes are large enough to serve as a house frame, can be placed on top of each other as lego blocks and easily cut out for doors and windows. Look, how easily they are disguised into the look of a traditional house. The best part about this unique building method, is IT COSTS 20% LESS THAN A TRADITIONAL HOUSE.

The homes also make for excellent ice breakers at a bar. As well, think about all the history that is now in your house, all the stolen cars that once called the container home can be shared with you!


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.

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.




The conventional toilet accounts for 25% of daily water use.  1.6 billion gallons (6.056× 109 liters) of water are wasted in America alone due to inefficient toilets. The amount of water we use to flush toilets per day, is more than most countries use for all their daily water processes.  In North America, we are blessed with an abundance of water, but even water is a finite resource and requires an immense amount of energy to be pumped from A to B. A leaky or inefficient toilet

So….. Why not use a little less.

A very easy step and one that earns LEED points in Water-Reduction (WE Credit 3) is High Efficiency Toilets or Dual Flush Toilets. The toilets reduce the water used per flush by 25%!

Many cities give a rebate for purchasing efficient toilets! Whether its your own home or for an upcoming LEED project, theres no reason not to use efficient toilets. The initial cost may be greater, but it is offset by a possible rebate and money is saved every year due to the reduction of water usage.


Here are some options


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!