Built Green HD History
Built Green Canada was established in 2003 as a voluntary third party certification program for environmentally friendly homes. Its aim is to provide robust, comprehensive and yet affordable verification of the green building features of a home. The rigor in the system comes from the use of highly trained Verifiers, who are independently checked, the comprehensiveness comes from the wide range of environmental issues covered and the affordability is achieved by adopting a simple and clear framework.
Built Green originally applied only to single family dwellings but more recently, the launch of Built Green HD (High Density), expanded the range of building types covered to include multi residential projects.
In order to pursue Built Green™ HD certification, the following eligiblity criteria must be met by the builder:
- For mixed-use buildings, the residential portion must account for at least 50% of conditioned space.
- The building must be greater than 600 square metres (footprint, not GFA) or 32 dwelling units. For greater clarity, buildings which can be modelled in Hot 2000 must pursue standard Built Green™ certification for new single-family homes and are not eligible for HD certification.
Building performance must be modelled and verified by an appropriately qualified energy professional (ie: Professional Engineer) using industry accepted energy modelling software (eg: EE4, eQuest, Energy Plus, or other software specially approved by Built Green Canada’s Technical and Standards Committee).
The final certification documents submitted to Built Green Canada must include an energy report, signed and bearing the seal of the qualified energy professional (ie: Professional Engineer), demonstrating a minimum of 15% energy efficiency achieved over the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB, 1997), ASHRAE 90.1-2007.
HD Project Verification Process
In order to properly ensure quality control and credibility of the Built Green™ program, Built Green Canada will conduct a verification process for all submitted HD projects that includes 3rd party on-site reviews during and after construction, as well as a documentation audit of the BUILT GREEN Checklist.
- The Builder shall retain an approved Built Green™ Verifier to support the process of verifying on-site green construction: this will involve planning the project in advance, setting targets using the Built Green™ Checklist, agreeing to a verification plan, and verifying various items on-site. Mission Green have been engaged on the project in this role.
- The Built Green™ Checklist is intended to be self-explanatory, and the verification of each checklist item will be appropriate to the character and content of the item. Examples of acceptable forms of verifications (listed in priority order) include: On-Site Visual Verification (sometimes including photo verification), Invoices or Purchase Orders, Letters of Testimony by installation contractors, and/or Supplier Verification Letters. During construction, the Builder shall collect supporting documentation for each of the chosen checklist items, and have this documentation available for the verification process.
- At the project’s completion, the Builder shall work with the Verifier to assemble a final submission package that will clearly indicate which Built Green™ checklist items were pursued, how those were verified, and include appropriate signoffs (eg: the Engineer’s energy model and other supporting documentation). The Built Green™ Verifier shall then submit the complete formal package to Built Green Canada on the builder’s behalf, which will trigger the formal audit/certification process.
Checklist Criteria (ie: What earns points & what doesn’t)
Five fundamental pillars serve as a basis for each item to be considered in the checklist.
(1) Energy Efficiency
(2) Water Efficiency
(3) Resource Use
(4) Recycled Content
(5) Indoor Air Quality