Home Rating Systems

Building code requirements and certifications


Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

The new Powerhouse standard factors the entire energy consumption and life cycle of buildings from cradle to grave.

Canada's first Net Zero Home

The first Net Zero-labelled house in Canada

A Saanich, BC. home is the first certified with the CHBA's Net Zero Label

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

Performance: Passive Solar Index 15 Registration date: February 12, 2015 Region: Saguenay, Quebec Type of construction: Single-family New home PSI rati...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory

What is the Living Building Challenge?

The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous and comprehensive of all building rating systems, certified on merit alone after 12 months of occupancy.

Got a Green Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

Presented by SAB Magazine (Sustainable Architecture and Building) and the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council), the Canadian Green Building Awards 2013 is o...

Leed platinum plaque

All about green home rating systems

Home rating systems can offer an independent and credible third party appraisal of the health, durability and performance of a home.

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil

Taking the Living Building Challenge

The Endeavour Centre in Peterborough, ON sets its sights on the Living Building Challenge

Zero Carbon Building

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

Mark Hutchinson, Vice President of Green Building Programs at the CaGBC, speaks about the new Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

The New Frontiers School Board (NFSB) in Ormstown, Quebec wants to give their graduating students a leg up in the world of green home construction, by buildi...

The Spring House Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House

You can have a Passive House certified either by the Passive House Institute (PHI) or PHIUS, the US specific system. Find out the differences.

net zero energy home

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

Soon to be riding along with the Natural Resources Canada R-2000 program will be a new pilot project that will recognize builders who achieve net zero energy...


Got a Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

Presented by SAB Magazine and the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council), the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards are open to all.

Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest

Bosco Verticale, the world's first vertical forest

Vertical forests and vertical agriculture have long been dreamed of to help meet the need for urban food production and green space, but nothing ever got pas...

Okanagan College

Recognition keeps coming for one of world’s most sustainable buildings

Add another chapter to the sustainability story of Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable En...

Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

2015 Award Winning Project: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

It's that time of year when the Canadian Green Building Awards are granted. Among this years winners: MEC's Head Office

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