Commercial Interiors



LEED®Canada for Commercial Interiors is the green benchmark for the tenant improvement market. It is the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint. LEED Canada-CI gives the power to make sustainable choices to tenants and designers, who do not always have control over whole building operations.

The LEED Canada-CI rating system is applicable to tenant improvements of new or existing office space. It is important to note that LEED Canada-CI applies to both tenants' and base building owner's work associated with the commercial interiors improvements project.

Registration for this rating system will close on October 31, 2016. After this date, projects must register under LEED v4.


Rating System and Reference Guide

LEED Canada-CI Rating System - outlines credit requirements and provides a credit checklist.

LEED Canada-CI Reference Guide (online purchase) - a detailed outline of the credits that may be utilized forCI registered projects. Strategies and additional resources are included to help in meeting the requirements of each credit and prerequisite.
The LEED Canada-CI Reference Guide is available in sections to members through the following links:

Introduction (publically available to assist in selecting the appropriate rating system)
Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy and Atmosphere
Materials and Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation and Design Process


Minimum Program Requirements

Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) for LEED Canada Rating Systems (pdf) – The MPRs list the basic characteristics that a project must possess to be eligible for certification under the LEED Canada rating systems, therefore defining a broad category of buildings and spaces that the LEED Canada rating systems were designed to evaluate. These MPRs apply to all projects registered on or after September 1, 2012 and projects registered earlier are encouraged to follow them for the helpful guidance and new allowances they provide, especially for Commercial Interior projects where spaces are non-contiguous. Projects must provide a signed MPR form with their project submission, declaring the project meets all MPRs or allowed exceptions.

Minimum Program Requirements Declaration Form (xls) – This form is a requirement on all LEED Canada CI v1.0 projects registered on or after September 1, 2012.


Project Resources

The following documents and tools are critical to any project pursuing LEED certification. These materials are copyright protected and may only be used on projects that are registered for LEED certification. In order to view the materials, you must be a Member and you must be logged in.

LEED Canada-CI Checklist (xls)

LEED Canada-CI Letter Templates (xls) - support the required declarations for each of the prerequisites and credits under LEED Canada-CI.

Multiple Space Guidance for LEED Canada for Commercial Interiors v1.0 (pdf) – This document provides direction to LEED Canada CI projects where multiple spaces within the same building or complex are combined for submission for certification. It expands on, and is in conjunction with, the Minimum Program Requirements for LEED Canada Rating Systems, released July 2012. It provides submission guidance for multiple space projects.


Additional Information

LEED Brand User Guidelines (pdf) - learn how to use the LEED brand when promoting your organization - Updated December 2015.

Average Scorecard for LEED Canada-CI (pdf) - illustrates the percentage of projects in each level of certification that achieved a particular credit.

Technical bulletins - the LEED Technical Bulletins provide news, tips and more!