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Building Design and Construction

LEED® Canada NC 2009

Registration under LEED® Canada rating systems is closed; projects must submit for certification by October 31, 2022.
New projects must register under LEED v4.

The LEED® Canada NC rating system applies to new construction and major renovations of commercial and institutional buildings, i.e., buildings regulated by Part 3 of the National Building Code. It also applies to retail, mid- and high-rise multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), public assembly buildings, manufacturing plants, and other types of buildings.

Applicants with space that is not fitted out at the time of certification (e.g., intended for future lease) may wish to consider LEED Canada for Core & Shell Development. Alternatively, those projects with at least 50% of the building fit-up for certification may use the leased tenant space guidance for NC projects found in the LEED Canada Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction 2009.

Rating System and Reference Guide

LEED Canada NC 2009 and LEED Canada CS 2009 Rating System - outlines credit requirements and provides a credit checklist.

LEED Canada Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction 2009 (online purchase - if you have already purchased the Reference Guide in electronic format it is available in the My Documents section of My CaGBC) - a detailed outline of the credits that may be utilized for LEED Canada NC 2009 registered projects. Strategies and additional resources are included to help in meeting the requirements of each credit and prerequisite.

Introduction Section of the LEED Canada Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction 2009 – publically available excerpt to assist project teams in selecting the appropriate LEED rating system.


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 replace those found in the LEED Canada Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction 2009 for all LEED Canada NC projects registered on or after September 1, 2012. 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.

Minimum Program Requirements Declaration Form – This form is a requirement on all LEED Canada NC 2009 projects.


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 Specialist Member and you must be logged in.

LEED Canada NC and CS 2009 Letter Templates version G (xls) - support the required declarations for each of the prerequisites and credits under LEED Canada NC 2009 and LEED Canada CS 2009. Updated to resolve error with Innovative Wastewater Technologies, as well as other improvements. All projects registered after October 1st, 2016 are required to use this version; projects registered earlier are encouraged to use the latest version as well.

Portland Cement Reduction Calculator (xls) - provided in support of Materials and Resources credit 4 (Recycled Content). Version 2, July 2012. This document is not limited to CaGBC members. A Technical Bulletin explaining the proper use of the calculator may be found on the website of the Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario.

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CaGBC Durable Building Tables

(XLS Document 144 KB)

CaGBC Durable Building Tables (xls) - provided in support of Regional Priority credit 1 (Durable Building).

LEED Canada NC and CS 2009 Project Checklist (xls) - helps project teams track their credits against requirements for certification.

LEED Canada 2009 Supplementary Energy Modelling Guidelines (pdf) - supplements and/or clarifies the energy modelling guidance provided for LEED Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 and LEED Canada for Core and Shell Development 2009 EA Prerequisite 2 and EA Credit 1, Option 1 – Whole Building Energy Simulation. Updated December 16, 2014

LEED Canada 2009 Interpretation Guide for District Energy Systems (pdf) – all projects registered on or after April 1st, 2012 must use this guidance document. LEED Canada NC/CS 2009 projects registered prior to this date may use either this new guidance or the Interpretation Guide for District Energy Systems (March 2008), published as part of the Application Guide for Campuses and Multiple Buildings. It is recommended that such projects adopt the new interpretation guide as it provides much clearer guidance overall. LEED Canada-NC/CS 1.0 projects may opt to use this new guidance for EAp2 and EAc1 only, the March 2008 document must be used for all other prerequisites and credits.

Guidance for Non-Traditional Fuels in LEED Canada (pdf) – this document provides guidance for EAp2 and EAc1 for LEED Canada projects that use Non-Traditional Fuels (NTFs) to provide heating, cooling, and/or electricity to buildings. Only projects registered prior to July 1, 2015 may use this guidance document. All projects registered on or after July 1, 2015 must follow CIR 1235 - How should purchased renewable energy and purchased biofuels be treated in the energy model.


Energy Modelling Information

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Approved Energy Simulation Software

(PDF Document 76.8 KB)

Approved Energy Simulation Software (pdf)

Guidance for Energy Modelling Compliance Documentation in LEED Canada (pdf) - this document describes the energy modelling compliance documentation for LEED Canada projects pursuing EAp2 and EAc1 using whole building energy simulation. All LEED Canada projects are encouraged to adopt this guidance.

The CaGBC’s Experienced Modellers List is no longer published. LEED Canada NC/CS 2009 project teams wishing to confirm that their project’s independent third party energy model reviewer was listed on the CaGBC’s Experienced Modellers List when the energy review was conducted, please contact the CaGBC at


Additional Information

Benefits of a Design and Construction Split Review (pdf) – This presentation includes an outline of the certification option. Project teams pursuing a split review certification may use the standard LEED Letter Templates, which includes a tab with instructions. A general overview of this option can also be found in the updated Certification Process document.

Regional Priority Credits: LEED Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 (pdf) – pre-approved list of credits.

LEED v4 Credits Available for Substitution in LEED Canada (pdf) – published June 24, 2014

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Credit Interpretation Request

(PDF Document 69.3 KB)

Credit Interpretation Request (CIR) Methodology (pdf) – guidance in preparing CIRs and their utilization in project submissions. Updated February 2013.

FAQ: Chain of Custody for Certified Wood products within LEED Canada (pdf)

Average Scorecard for LEED Canada-NC 2009 (pdf) - illustrates the percentage of projects in each level of certification that achieved a particular credit.

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Toronto LEED Supplement

(PDF Document 366 KB)

Toronto LEED Supplement (pdf) - learn how the Toronto Green Standard is similar to LEED Canada NC

LEED Brand User Guidelines

(PDF Document 2.7 MB)

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

Comparison of LEED Canada NC 2009 to LEED Canada-NC 1.0 (pdf)