CAGBC to oversee LEED certification in Canada

Move will streamline access to LEED, TRUE and Investor Ready Energy Efficiency certification in Canada

Ottawa, ON, and Washington, D.C – March 18, 2022 – Today, the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), announced that, effective immediately, CAGBC will provide direct oversight of LEED® green building certification for projects in Canada. This move enables project teams and professionals using LEED, Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE), and TRUE standards for certification to work directly with CAGBC.

The change is part of CAGBC efforts to aid the Canadian building sector’s transition to zero-carbon green buildings. CAGBC will continue collaborating with GBCI and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to support the success of green building projects and professionals in Canada and across North America.

“By integrating GBCI Canada’s certification, CAGBC is consolidating green building services and support for the benefit of Canada’s building sector,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of CAGBC. “The market asked us to simplify access to certification and focus on customer service. This move ensures the building sector can continue to use GBCI’s world-leading green building rating systems and services like LEED and TRUE, as well as CAGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standards, all under one roof.”

GBCI Canada was established through a partnership between CAGBC and GBCI, making it unique among regional GBCI offices. Consolidating certifications under CAGBC reflects Canada’s specific market needs and conditions while retaining the strong customer focus and commitment to timely certification delivery GBCI Canada has championed. This transition only affects Canada. GBCI will continue to maintain its regional presence in China, Europe, India, MENA, Mexico and the U.S. to support other customers worldwide.

“We look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with CAGBC, while simultaneously making LEED and other sustainability programs more accessible in Canada,” said Peter Templeton, President and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. “We will continue supporting the work of CAGBC and delivering third-party certification that recognize the leadership of organizations worldwide in sustainable building performance and practice.”

No additional effort is required to transition projects currently contracted under GBCI Canada to CAGBC. CAGBC will communicate with existing customers about this change. Professionals and project teams can contact CAGBC with any questions about this transition. Professionals and project teams can contact CAGBC with any questions about this transition.

About CAGBC

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) supports and champions green building in Canada. CAGBC services and products help the building sector adopt the practices needed to produce and operate buildings that are better for people and the planet. Working with the building sector and stakeholders, we are building our way forward to a sustainable and low-carbon future. Learn more at cagbc.org.

About GBCI

The Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization for independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, through third party verification services for certification and credentialing. It was founded in January 2008 with the support of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide independent oversight of professional credentialing and project certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. Today, GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials of LEED, EDGE, PEER, WELL, SITES, ICP, and TRUE Zero Waste.

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