LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used third-party verification system for green buildings. Between LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Interior Design and Construction (ID+C), Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M), Neighbourhood Development (ND), and Homes, there’s a LEED for every project type – new or existing.
From your local corner shop to a new skyscraper, LEED provides a framework for a healthy, efficient, and green building. Depending on how many LEED credits a project earns, it can receive one of four globally recognized ratings: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
Built Green Canada is a certification program for single family homes (houses and townhouses) and high-density residential towers targeting holistic sustainability. The program champions the implementation of the latest technologies as well as thoughtful design and construction practices to guarantee a healthy, durable home with a low environmental impact.
The Built Green checklist can be broken down into 7 categories: Energy and Envelope, Materials and Methods, Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation, Waste Management, Water Conservation, and Business Practices. This checklist acts as a sustainability guide for homebuilders. Once finalized, the checklist points are totalled to determine the level of certification: Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
The WELL Building Standard from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) focuses exclusively on a building’s impact on human health and wellness. It covers the seven core concepts of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
MGB has extensive and up-to-date knowledge on the WELL Building Standard and the first registered project in Calgary. Our team includes several WELL Accredited Professionals, including Matt Grace who was one of the very first professionals to earn their WELL AP Certification.
The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a third-party certification system for restorative and regenerative buildings. Living Building Challenge projects have no toxic chemicals, generate at least 105% of their energy and water needs and are expected to educate and enthuse visitors about sustainable buildings.
The Living Building Challenge is based around seven Petals addressing different aspects of sustainability: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. In order to achieve full LBC certification, a project must satisfy the requirements of all of the Imperatives. Projects may also achieve “Petal Recognition” in which only certain parts of LBC are targeted.
Green Globes is an online rating system and certification program offered by the Green Building Initiative (GBI) and the GB Initiative Canada. The program is used primarily in Canada and the USA and can be applied to new constructions, significant renovations and commercial interiors.
With 1,000 total program points, the main focus is to evaluate the energy performance of a building. Due to the online assessment tool, the project team can immediately see the impact of their design decisions on the project’s score, allowing adjustments and critical improvements to be made as soon as possible.