The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Initiative:
The new measure of green building innovation in Canada



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CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard is Canada’s first green building program to make carbon emissions the key indicator for building performance.

Zero Carbon Building – Design

The Zero Carbon Building Standard provides a path for both new and existing buildings to reach zero carbon, with unique requirements for each. New construction and major retrofit projects earn Zero Carbon Building – Design certification by modeling a zero carbon balance, highly efficient envelope and ventilation systems to meet a defined threshold for thermal energy demand intensity, and onsite renewable energy systems capable of providing a minimum of 5% of building energy consumption. Project teams are required to evaluate energy use holistically, including impacts on peak electricity, and determine the GHG emissions associated with structural and envelope materials.

Zero Carbon Building – Performance

At its heart, the program is about demonstrating a zero carbon balance in building operations year after year. Buildings that achieve a zero carbon balance and meet the other requirements for existing buildings earn Zero Carbon Building - Performance certification. This certification is awarded based on a twelve month period of operations, and performance must be verified annually. Project teams are required to evaluate energy use holistically, including impacts on peak electricity, and determine the GHG emissions associated with structural and envelope materials. Recognizing the inherent challenges to retrofitting existing buildings, this certification does not require a minimum of onsite renewable energy or a minimum level of thermal energy demand performance.

Requirements of the Standard

  ZCB-Design
(new construction)
ZCB- Performance
(existing buildings)
Demonstrate Zero Carbon Balance checkmark icon checkmark icon
Provide Zero Carbon Transition Plan* checkmark icon Every 5 years
Install Minimum 5% Onsite Renewable Energy checkmark icon No requirement
Achieve Thermal Energy Demand Intensity Target checkmark icon No requirement
Report Energy Use Intensity checkmark icon checkmark icon
Report Peak Demand checkmark icon checkmark icon
Report Embodied Carbon checkmark icon checkmark icon
 

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ZCB Project Resources

Updated! ZCB
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New! Energy Modelling Guidelines

New! Marketing your Zero Carbon Project