DES MOINES, Ia., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Greengrade–LEED Management Software™, a division of Textura ® Corporation, announces the addition of LEED Canada to its available LEED supported rating systems.
Project teams seeking LEED certification via the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) can now utilize Greengrade–LEED Management Software to assist in streamlining the CaGBC certification process, saving time and cutting costs associated with traditional LEED administration practices. Greengrade can be utilized for all CaGBC rating systems.
Cobalt Engineering, a member of Integral Group and a leading building services consulting firm, recently selected Greengrade to manage its projects seeking certification under CaGBC's LEED-NC 2009. Cobalt has experience with more than 90 projects that have recently completed or are currently undergoing LEED certification and has offices across Canada and the US. Kim McClymont, LEED Services Coordinator with Cobalt explains, "We were looking for a new system; a way to simplify the existing process. Keeping communication streamlined and efficient between team members and keeping the project moving forward are essential. Greengrade features that are especially valuable are those saving us from onerous administrative tasks. It will eliminate rote paperwork, thus freeing up time and resources to allow for more meaningful contributions to sustainable design."
"We also work on both CaGBC and USGBC projects; therefore, having the same system in place to manage both types of projects as a best practice will have a significant impact on enhancing our LEED services," continued McClymont.
Mike Stuart, President of Greengrade said, "One of our main goals at Greengrade is to help those managing the LEED certification process be efficient and profitable. Expanding our system to include LEED Canada rating systems provides access for companies working in Canada to implement best practices and achieve new levels of efficiency and profitability."
The Canadian rating systems are an adaptation of the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System, tailored specifically for Canadian climates, construction practices and regulations. The rating systems are adapted to the Canadian market through an inclusive process that engages CaGBC members, stakeholders and experts representing the various sectors of the Canadian industry.
Cobalt Engineering, a member of Integral Group, is a building services consulting firm that offers a wide range of mechanical and electrical engineering services. With our integrated approach, we offer our clients customized solutions that are efficient and cost-effective. We are a member of both the Canada and US Green Building Councils, and have more than 200 staff members with expertise that includes alternative energy sources, passive system design and green building systems. Our award winning projects include 24 LEED® Platinum Certified projects, 26 Net Zero projects, and four Living Building Challenge projects in design and construction.
Greengrade, a division of Textura® Corporation and Submittal Exchange®, is a collaborative web-based LEED® management software tool that allows project teams to communicate, track, and manage LEED project information. Greengrade is designed for use by anyone charged with the onerous task of managing a complex LEED project - architects, engineers, owners, developers, sustainability consultants, and more. The software is integrated with USGBC's LEED Online and allows a project team to collaborate on project information in a dynamic and centralized environment.
Textura is the leading provider of collaboration and productivity tools for the construction industry. Our solutions serve all construction industry professionals across the project lifecycle – from design, pre-qualification and bid management to submittals, invoicing and LEED® management – on a single, integrated platform.
Textura's collaboration platform and online product suite represent the first time the industry has all the tools needed to manage their business in an integrated fashion to save time and money and reduce exposure to risks. With award winning technology, world-class customer support and consistent growth, Textura is leading the construction industry's technology transformation. www.texturacorp.com