Dockside Green is the Highest Rated LEED Platinum Project in the World

The LEED for New Construction rating system awards a total of 69 points in 6 categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design.

The project obtaining the most LEED points (for new construction) has, until recently, been the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Wisconsin, which received 61 points. But last week, Phase I of the Dockside Green development in Victoria, British Columbia, set a new point record. (Green Building Elements first covered the Dockside Green project in February.)

Phase I of the project, called “Synergy,” (pictured above) earned 63 points, making it the highest rated LEED Platinum project in the world. It achieved the maximum possible number of points in 5 out of the 6 categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design Process. A July 22 press release lists the following areas in which the project accumulated its points:

  • Biomass gasification District Energy System utilizing wood-waste to create all heat energy and hot water
  • Improved building insulation, high performance glazing and shading leading to significant building energy savings
  • Exhaust air energy (heat) recovery
  • Reduced lighting power densities with energy-efficient fixtures and occupancy sensors
  • Treating 100% of waste water in an on-site plant
  • Reducing indoor potable water use by over 65 per cent with dual flush toilets, low-flow fixtures, and use of treated water for flushing toilet, irrigation and water features
  • Green roofs and naturalized creek on site

Synergy includes commercial space as well as 95 homes in two condo buildings and townhomes.

The developers of Dockside Green were so determined to achieve the highest LEED Platinum rating that they promised to pay a penalty of $1 million to the city of Victoria should they fail to hit that mark. Joe Bellingham, owner and partner of Dockside Green, told the Victoria Times Colonist that so many people say they are designing to LEED standards, and then fail to follow through with certification, that he and his partners wanted to attach consequences to failing to live up to their goal.

Dockside Green is also participating in the pilot phase of LEED for Neighborhood Development.

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  • I’m new to the green game, but I think I really need to read up on this LEED stuff. If not for shows like Greensburg, I wouldn’t have the slightest idea what this means.

  • I’m new to the green game, but I think I really need to read up on this LEED stuff. If not for shows like Greensburg, I wouldn’t have the slightest idea what this means.

  • Don Mondan

    Looks groovy from a distance, but the layout of the buildings terminated the life of a rare old Arbutus tree, the only one on the whole site. doh?

  • Don Mondan

    Looks groovy from a distance, but the layout of the buildings terminated the life of a rare old Arbutus tree, the only one on the whole site. doh?