Liza Communities is going green, and they mean it.

The Durham Region developer has chosen Earth Day, this Wednesday, to introduce its innovative new Whitby community, Shorelands. It’s the first entire townhouse community in Canada to participate in the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes.

The LEED Canada for Homes initiative aims to foster residential developments that use fewer natural resources and reduce waste production.

“Reducing your footprint on your own in terms of recycling, consuming less and trying to be organic is obviously a huge step forward,” said Nargues Mansouri, director of maketing and sales for Liza Communities. “We are trying to raise the awareness of LEED and how it can impact your home — not just your everyday living and lifestyle.”

To qualify under the LEED plan, homes must meet specific guidelines. A rigorous checklist with an attached point system determines whether a development meets the criteria.

The assessment awards points in the categories sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and innovation & design process.

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