Treatment of incomplete space in BD+C

Do you have incomplete space in your project? Read how you can submit for certification review with space that is unfinished.

CAGBC's Green Building team on February 8, 2023

Rating System/Standard
LEED v4.1
Certification essentials
Credit Category
Energy & Atmosphere
Water Efficiency

LEED Building Design + Construction (BD+C) was written as a whole building rating system where the building is complete (e.g., fit up installed). That said, LEED v4/v4.1 BD+C projects (except the Core and Shell adaptation) may have some unfinished space, provided a minimum of 60 percent of the gross floor area is complete at the time of certification. LEED BD+C: Core and Shell is the appropriate rating system to use if more than 40 percent of the gross floor area is incomplete at the time of certification.

Handling incomplete space can be challenging to maintain consistency across the LEED application. In order to streamline certification reviews for Canadian project teams, CAGBC reviewers have assembled a technical resource page to guide a LEED v4/v4.1 BD+C project (all adaptations) with incomplete space. If you have further questions after reading this resource, please reach out to LEED Coach Canada.