Martin Liefhebber Interview Part 7: Local Materials



Using local materials is essential for sustainable design.

Qasim Virjee
Martin Liefhebber, Daniela Bryson, Elise Hodson
March 2006
CANADA Toronto Region, Ontario, Toronto Region, CANADA
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Transcript

Using local materials is essential for sustainable design. "Where the products come from is very important. We now have a new set of standards that are taking on importance in Canada and the US which are the LEED standards. Essentially we have to see about getting products that are not any further than 500 km away. Which is still quite large – I mean that could be from Toronto to Montreal – but still we’ve become cognizant that we don’t import tropical woods from Brazil in order to make windows. I see a lot of that. What does it take to produce a building? How far does a product have to come from? You’d be surprised by what we actually have over here."


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