LEED Canada Rating Systems
There are a number of LEED® Canada rating systems available to meet the needs of different building and project types.
If you are unsure whether your project is a candidate for LEED certification, identify the rating system you believe best applies from the menu on the left and then review the Checklist found within that certification's Green Building Rating System document. Generally, your project is a viable candidate for certification if it meets all prerequisites and can achieve the minimum number of points necessary to earn the Certified level. However, project teams should pay careful attention to the additional detail on the applicability of the rating systems found in the introductory sections of
the LEED Canada Reference Guides. Projects registered on or after September 1, 2012 must also meet the Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) as noted below.
Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) for LEED Canada Rating Systems (pdf): The MPRs are mandatory for all projects registered on or after September 1, 2012 and supersede the MPRs as noted in the LEED Canada Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction 2009. 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. The MPR document helps guide Canadian projects to determine if the scope of their project is appropriate for certification: it provides direction for specific situations; establishes exceptions; and describes the intent behind each requirement. All projects required to follow the MPRs must provide a signed MPR form with their project submission, declaring the project meets all MPRs or allowed exceptions. Projects registered earlier are strongly encouraged to
adopt guidance from these MPRs and their documented exceptions for greater clarity on project scope issues.
Healthcare, Retail and School Projects: Projects of these building types have two certification options open to them. Please see the following FAQ for more information: Registering a project with the CaGBC or the USGBC.
LEED Volume Program: In the fall of 2010 the US Green Building Council (USGBC) launched their LEED Volume Program for Design and Construction, and in 2011 they launched a program for Operations and Maintenance. The LEED Volume Program provides a streamlined certification path for organizations planning to certify a large number of projects. For information about participation in this program, please see the FAQ: Registering a project with the CaGBC or the USGBC.