Zero Carbon Building – Performance

For building operations

Achieving Zero Carbon Building – Performance Standard™ certification means taking responsibility for all carbon emissions associated with building operations, and eliminating climate impacts. Using utility and other data sources, this certification evaluates building performance annually.

ZCB-Performance™ evaluates carbon emissions from normal building operations such as heating and cooling. It also accounts for potential refrigerant leaks and the embodied carbon of new structural and envelope materials. The Standard recognizes the value of renewable energy and high-quality carbon offsets while encouraging strategies that account for the ever-increasing demand on electrical grids.

The ZCB-Performance Standard can be used by any building. Projects with combustion equipment must create a costed zero-carbon transition plan to show how equipment will be adapted over time to achieve decarbonization, often through regular equipment replacement life cycles.

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Understanding ZCB-Performance requirements


Zero carbon balanceAchieve zero carbon balance
Embodied carbonOffset embodied carbon
RefrigerantsOffset any leaks
RECs and carbon offsetsProvide proof of purchase
Onsite combustionUpdate transition plan every 5 years


Energy efficiencyReport EUI
Peak demandReport seasonal peaks
AirtightnessConduct testing if ZCB-Design certified

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Getting started

Pursuing ZCB-Performance is simple. Review the Standard and complete the workbook, providing one year of performance data. When you are ready, register online and submit your documentation for review. For full details, review the ZCB Standards Certification Guide.

When you receive a confirmation of certification, be sure to promote a year of operation without impact to the climate. You can refer to the Marketing Support page to aid your promotion efforts.


Project fees are based on a project’s certification pathway and size. Fees are not refundable and may change at any time.

CAGBC Member Discounts: ZCB-Performance projects are eligible for discounts if the building owner or property management organization is a current CAGBC Specialist member.

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Project resources 

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ZCB-Performance Standard v2

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Technical Resources

Embodied Carbon Reporting Template v2

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ZCB-Performance Standard v2

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ZCB-Performance v2 Workbook

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October 7, 2021

ZCB Certification Guide

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October 7, 2021


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Two projects achieve five consecutive years of zero-carbon performance

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April 3, 2024

New CAGBC ZCB Interpretation Process

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March 20, 2024

New Opportunities for Tenants interested in ZCB-Performance certification

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The Phenix

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AMPED Sports Lab & Ice Complex

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