Emissions factors for Canadian projects

Green Building Team on July 28, 2020

Each month we’re highlighting an interesting question you posed to LEED Coach Canada regarding LEED v4/v4.1. LEED Coach Canada is supported by a collaborative team of professionals with diverse technical backgrounds located across Canada. For insightful answers to your LEED questions, email LEEDCoach@gbcicanada.ca.

Question:
What emissions factors do Canadian projects use for calculating Greenhouse Gas Emissions under LEED v4 EA Green power and Carbon Offsets credit and LEED v4.1 EA Renewable Energy credit?

For Canadian LEED v4 and v4.1 projects, it is acceptable to use the Canadian and provincial Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission factors from the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Technical Reference: Greenhouse Gas Emissions to calculate GHG emissions by energy source. Be sure to include in the submission for certification the GHG emissions factors used as well as the calculations.