LEED® Canada for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. The net cost of owning a LEED home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home.
LEED Canada for Homes applies to single family homes and multifamily buildings up to 3 residential stories, check out the Quick Start Guide to get started. If you are unsure how to register then please watch this short how-to video on the CaGBC YouTube channel, and visit www.cagbc.org/leedregistration. Mixed use projects can apply, please contact a Provider to discuss your specific project. Buildings up to 6 stories may be eligible for the U.S. ;LEED for Homes Mid-Rise.
Existing homes may participate in LEED Canada for Homes if they undergo a gut and rehabilitation process that exposes the full thermal envelope - that is, if the full insulation on the exterior wall of the house will be exposed, either by removing the drywall on the inside or by removing the siding on the outside. Please contact a Provider for more information.
For more modest renovation projects, the ReGreen Guidelines can help ensure it protects the health of occupants and the environment. The guidelines are laid out by the project type (kitchen renovation, bathroom, major addition, etc.) and cover water use, indoor air quality, materials selection, and more.
Rating System and Reference Guide
LEED Canada for Homes Rating System (pdf) - lists intents and requirements for each credit and includes the Project Checklist. Includes the Addendum of April 30th, 2012, which raises minimum energy performance threshold and applies to all projects registered after July 31st, 2012.
Rating System Clarifications (pdf) - Febuary 2013
LEED Canada for Homes Reference Guide (online purchase) - this comprehensive document provides advice and information on using the LEED Canada for Homes Green Building Rating System for your residential project. For each credit, the Reference Guide provides:
- overview and points per credit
- documentation requirements
- summary of reference standards
- importance and benefits of compliance
- recommended design strategies and technologies
- potential design synergies and trade-offs
- calculation methods and formulas
- resources and definitions
- case studies (when available)
Checklist (xls) - updated Febuary 2013 - the checklist helps project teams track their credits against requirements for certification.
LEED homes are rated by LEED Canada for Homes Providers – local organizations with demonstrated experience and expertise in their region's market. A LEED Canada for Homes Provider has three primary roles:
- Providing green home rating support services to builders;
- Training, coordinating and overseeing LEED qualified inspectors (Green Raters) and builder support staff; and
- Marketing LEED to builders.
There are currently 11 LEED Canada for Homes Providers, located in most of the leading housing markets. CaGBC selects providers that demonstrate outstanding abilities and have a proven record of supporting builders in the construction of high-performance, sustainable homes. These Providers are responsible for selecting suitable LEED Canada for Homes projects and administering a team of Green Raters, who together with the Providers verify that homes in the program are built to meet the requirements of the rating system.
Homebuilders interested in participating in the LEED Canada for Homes program should contact one of the LEED Canada for Homes Providers. If there is not a Provider in your area, please feel free to contact a geographically proximate Provider or any other Provider listed on our website. CaGBC will be selecting new Providers as needed as the LEED Canada for Homes program continues to grow.
The LEED Canada for Homes Rating System requires completion of on-site inspections prior to certification. Additional Provider and Green Rater verification costs apply and are based on market prices. Please consult the Provider of your choice for applicable rates and fees.
Single family homes, duplexes and triplexes (number of units)
|< 10 units
|> 100 units
||$255 per unit
||$305 per unit
||$255 per batch + $75 per unit
||$305 per batch + $115 per unit
* a batch submittal is 2 or more homes submitted for certification at the same time, using the same project checklist and targetting the same credits. Consult your Provider for further details.
Multi-family buildings (4 or more units)
$ 900 up to 10,000 sf
$ 0.045/additional sf
$ 1200 up to 10,000 sf
$ 0.055/additional sf
Projects that register a number of multifamily buildings can save 15% per building on certification if buildings are submitted together and are identical from a LEED point perspective.
LEED for Homes Mid-Rise
The LEED for Homes Rating System was originally designed for single family and low rise multi-family residential development. As the program has grown, residential projects in the 4-6 story category have shown an interest in using the LEED for Homes criteria. In order to address this market sector, USGBC operated a LEED for Homes Mid-Rise pilot for the last few years. Now the program is fully launched and can be used for residential mid rise and mixed use buildings where the majority of the floor area is residential in use. For more information, please visit the USGBC's website, or contact your local Provider.
LEED Canada for Homes Providers
E3 Eco Group Inc.
T: (604) 874-3715
1400-1500 West Georgia st,
Vancouver, BC VG6 2Z6
Envirochem Services Inc.
T: (604) 986-0233 ext 114
310 East Esplanade
North Vancouver BC V7L 1A4
4 Elements Integrated Design LTD.
T: (403) 250-5514
110 32 Ave NE
Calgary AB, T2E 2G4
T: (780) 466-7616
Toll Free: 1 (866) 430-7616
Suite 102, 10436-81Avenue,
Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 1X6
Sun Ridge Group
T: (306) 665-2525
2308 Arlington Avenue,
Saskatoon, SK S7J 3L3
T: (204) 471-4725
522 Raglan Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3G 3E5
T: (514) 985-0004
5555 Avenue de Gaspé, bureau 212,
Montréal, Québec H2T 2A3
T: (613) 234-7178
76 Chamberlain Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K1S 1V9
Building Energy Inc.
T: (613) 262-1400
105 Schneider Road
Ottawa, ON K2K 1Y3
T: (416) 481-4218
F: (416) 481-4695
189 Maplehurst Avenue
North York, ON, M2N 3C3
T: (416) 447-0077 ext. 5
F: (416) 447-0177
20 Upjohn Road, Suite 102,
North York, ON M3B 2V9
Homesol Building Solutions Inc.
T: (613) 278-0467
83 Little Bridge Street, Suite 109,
PO Box 1133, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
Mindscape Innovation Group
T: (519) 744-3592
F: (519) 804-1030
30 Duke Street, Suite 702
Kitchener, ON N2H 3W5
T: (902) 407-9276
Toll Free:1 (877) 771-9276
P.O. Box 31236
Halifax, NS B3K 5Y1
Office: 1590 Argyle Street, Suite 1