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LEED® Canada Rating System


Building
Design and
Construction

Interior
Design and
Construction

Building
Operations and
Maintenance

Neighbourhood
Development


Homes


 

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

LEED Canada projects registered on or after September 1, 2012 must also meet the Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs).

Building Design and Construction


New Construction

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.

Resources
Applicability │ Project Checklist


Core and Shell

LEED Canada CS is a derivative of LEED Canada NC and applies to buildings where the owner controls 50% or less of the building area that will be fit-up to LEED Canada NC requirements prior to certification. Like the LEED Canada NC rating system, LEED Canada CS applies to new construction and major renovations of commercial and institutional buildings, i.e., buildings regulated by Part 3 of the National Building Code. Generally, projects using LEED Canada CS are office occupancies where the developer has no control over the final interior fit-ups of the tenant.

Resources
Applicability │ Project Checklist

 

 

Interior Design and Construction

Building Operations and Maintenance

 

Commercial Interiors

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. 

Resources
Applicability │ Project Checklist


Existing Buildings

The LEED Canada EB:O&M 2009 rating system was designed to certify the sustainability of ongoing operations of existing commercial and institutional buildings, i.e. buildings regulated by Subsection 2.1.2 (i.e. Parts 3, 4, 5 and 6) of Canada’s National Building Code. LEED Canada EB:O&M provides owners and operators of existing buildings an entry point into the LEED certification process and is applicable to building operations, processes, systems upgrades and minor facility alterations or additions. It is targeted at single buildings, whether owner occupied or multi-tenanted and is a whole building rating system applicable to the entire building; individual tenant spaces are ineligible. 

Resources
Applicability │ Project Checklist

 

Neighbourhood Development

Healthcare, Retail and Schools

 

Neighbourhood Development

The USGBC has developed the LEED for Neighbourhood Development
(LEED-ND) rating system to guide and assess sustainable community development.

Additional information


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

Homes

 

LEED Volume Program

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


Homes

Residential projects ranging from single family homes to multi-family buildings of up to three residential stories can take advantage of the LEED® Canada for Homes program. Residential projects of up to 6 stories may also make use of the USGBC’s LEED for Homes 2008 Midrise program – speak with a Provider for further details.

 

Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs)

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.

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. 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.

Download the Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) for LEED Canada Rating Systems (pdf)