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As part of a wider package of sustainable building initiatives, M2i Development Corporation has committed to Built Green™ HD certification at the Silver level of achievement. The green building performance as well as a comprehensive range of green design features and processes on1912Cross, SoBow have been verified by a third party in the Built Green™ HD program.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

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.

Energy Performance

 

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.

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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