Zero Carbon Building Registration and Pricing


Registering a Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) project is the first step toward earning ZCB certification. Project fees are based on your project's certification pathway and size. Fees are not refundable and may change at any time.

ZCB-Design projects register online; receipt of payment determines the date of registration. When the project team is prepared to submit documentation for review, the certification fee may be paid online through the project’s profile under My Projects.

ZCB-Performance projects pay a single fee using the online form and may submit their documentation for review at any time.

Discounts for members

Member discounts for ZCB-Design registration are determined automatically based on the current CaGBC membership status of the person registering the project online. To be eligible for discounts on ZCB-Design certification fees as well as ZCB-Performance fees, the building owner or property management organization must be a current Specialist member of the CaGBC. For public-private-partnership (P3) design projects, the organization that owns the building or any organization that is a member of the P3 consortium responsible for financing of the project may qualify the project for discounted rates at certification.


ZCB-Design

New construction projects earn Zero Carbon Building – Design certification by modeling a zero carbon balance, highly efficient envelope and ventilation systems that 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.

ZCB-Design: Registration Fees Specialist members Advocate members and
non-members
2,500 m2 or less $2,500 $3,500
2,501-25,000 m2 (per additional m2) $0.19 $0.23
25,001m2 or more (per additional m2) $0.07 (to a maximum of $15,000) $0.08 (to a maximum of $18,500)
 
ZCB-Design Certification Fees Specialist members Advocate members and
non-members
2,500 m2 or less $3,200 $4,500
2,501-25,000 m2 (per additional m2) $0.57 $0.8
25,001-150,000m2 (per additional m2) $0.17 $0.22
>150,000 m2 (per additional m2) $0.1 $0.14
 

ZCB-Performance

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.

ZCB-Performance Fees Specialist members Advocate members and non-members
2,500 m2 or less $1,500 $2,000
2,501-25,000 m2 (per additional m2) $0.11 $0.14
25,001-150,000m2 (per additional m2) $0.03 $0.04
>150,000 m2 (per additional m2) $0.02 $0.03