Green Building Programs & Rating Systems
- Energy Star
- Boma BEST
- Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO)
- Green Globes
- Toronto Green Standard
- Passive House
- Net Zero
LEED® Canada-NC (New Construction)
LEED® Canada-CI (Commercial Interiors)
LEED® Canada Core and Shell
LEED® EB (Existing Buildings)
LEED® for Homes
LEED® Project Certification
LEED® Canada Initiative
LEED® Certified Projects in Ontario
ENERGY STAR for New Homes promotes energy efficiency guidelines that enable new homes to be approximately 20 percent more energy efficient than those built to minimum provincial building codes. The increased efficiency of these homes translates into reduced energy costs for homeowners.
BOMA BESt (Building Environmental Standards) is a national program launched in 2005 by BOMA Canada to address an industry need for realistic standards for energy and environmental performance of existing buildings based on accurate, independently verified information.
The EnerGuide rating service starts with an analysis of your new house plans by an EnerGuide rating service energy advisor. The advisor recommends energy-saving upgrades and works with your builder to develop a report that lists various cost-effective options. Builders then estimate the upgrade work and provide you with a price.
GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training, is a series of courses and certificate exams that teach the principles of sustainability combined with trade-specific green construction knowledge to the people who build, renovate, and maintain buildings. GPRO Certificate Holders will be poised to work in accordance with new regulations and to meet the expectations of owners and tenants who want healthier, environmentally sustainable, and energy-efficient homes and offices.
The principal assumption is that participants already know their trade, whether they are plumbers, electricians, or building operators, and this course will give them the additional knowledge they may not have experienced on conventionally-built projects.
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The Green Globes system is a revolutionary building environmental design and management tool. It delivers an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management. It is interactive, flexible and affordable, and provides market recognition for a building's environmental attributes through third party verification.
The Toronto Green Standard contains performance targets and guidelines that relate to site and building design to promote better environmental sustainability of development. The Standard is a "made-in-Toronto" approach that integrates existing City guidelines and targets with standards from private rating systems such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes. The Toronto Green Standard is intended not to compete with rating systems like LEED, but to ensure that when there is a desire to "build green" in Toronto, local environmental objectives are met.
Net Zero Energy is a sought-after goal for many buildings around the world. All such buildings rely on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable generation to meet all of their heating, cooling and electricity needs. Yet, many buildings that claim to be Net Zero in fact are not; actual Net Zero Energy buildings are still rare. The Institute's Net Zero Energy Building Certification is the only program in the world that verifies net zero energy building performance.