Green Building Programs & Rating Systems

  1. LEED
  2. Energy Star
  3. Boma BEST
  4. EnerGuide
  5. Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO)
  6. Green Globes
  7. Toronto Green Standard
  8. Passive House
  9. Net Zero
  10. HQE

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ supports buildings which meet the highest environmental performance standards in Canada. LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. The point-based system covers six areas: site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material selection, indoor air quality and innovation in design
For various infromation about the LEED® rating systems in Canada, please explore these links:
LEED® Canada-NC (New Construction)
LEED® Canada-CI (Commercial Interiors)
LEED® Canada Core and Shell
LEED® EB (Existing Buildings)
LEED® for Homes
For more information about our National council, feel free to explore these links:

Energy Star:

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.
The Energy Star Certification Homes Program was design to assist home owners in selecting a more energy efficient home. Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) Office of Energy Efficiency has promoted the international Energy Star symbol in Canada. The Energy Star label program was developed in 1995 and existed as version 1 until the Thermal Bypass Checklist was developed in 2006 and launched as version 2. In 2011 version 2.5 was deployed after further development. Currently the Energy Star New Home label is operating as version 3. Energy Star New Homes generally perform about 20% better than conventional homes.
For more information on Energy Star,  please click here.
Boma Best

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.
Today, BOMA BESt has evolved from simply identifying key best practices to providing common standards; an array of educational and on-line assessment tools; independent data audits; and a four-level performance certification program.
For more information on BOMA Best, please click here.

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.
When construction is done, the EnerGuide advisor verifies the applied energy upgrades and performs a blower door test. After the data has been collected, your home receives its EnerGuide rating.
For more information on EnerGuide, please click here.
Green Professional Building Skills Training

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.

For more information on GPRO, please click here


Green Globes

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.
For more information on the Green Globes system please click here.
Toronto Green Standard

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.
For more information on the Toronto Green Standard, please click here.
Passive House
Passive House Canada is a national non-profit association advocating for the Passive House high-performance building standard. Passive House is recognized internationally as the proven best way to build for comfort, affordability and energy efficiency of residential, institutional and commercial buildings, through all stages of design, construction, and livability. We facilitate the adoption of the Passive House Standard through our education program, advocacy work and nation-wide events:
For more information on Passive House, please click here.
Net Zero

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.

For more information on Net Zero, please click here.

HQETM movement has been directing the attention of stakeholders towards sustainable development issues applied to buildings and local planning and goals that will help create a sustainable living environment.This global movement comprises several thousand stakeholders including architects and engineers, property developers and investors, property users and institutions and local authorities. HQE supports and guides all project stakeholders by providing expertise in environmental quality that is recognised worldwide. HQE relies on interpersonal (or individual) skills based on professionalism and search for progress.


For more information on HQE, please click here.