Platinum LEED® Certified Gardens
In 2012, Lawrence Park became part of a team that made history, achieving Toronto’s first Platinum LEED® Canada Certification for a residential property, the highest level of attainable for environmental sustainability.
The incredibly stringent criteria for the landscaping portion of the project included water usage efficiency, and the use of eco-friendly materials and resources.
In order to receive Platinum LEED® Canada Certification, all landscaping design projects in our service area of Lawrence Park, Rosedale, Forest Hill, North Toronto, Bridle Path and Hoggs Hollow must adhere to the following guidelines:
- No non-native plants could be used.
- Turf had to be drought-tolerant and not used in densely shaded areas or areas with a slope of 25% or more.
- Mulch had to be used to reduce erosion and water loss and to regulate soil temperature.
- Soil had to be tilled to a specific depth. Plants, too, had to be drought-tolerant to achieve a target for reduced water demand.
The design also needed to respect microclimate impacts to reduce local heat-island effects and the irrigation system had to meet its own set of stringent requirements…and these are just a few of the strict criteria required for Platinum LEED® certification.
So if environmental sustainability is high on your list of priorities, we know what to do and can apply many or all of the same standards to your project.