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LEED v4 Canadian Alternative Compliance Paths now available

The LEED v4 Alternative Compliance Paths (known as ACPs) for Canadian projects are now publically available, along with additional tools and support, for those wishing to pursue LEED v4 certification of their building project with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). This release follows the official launch of the ACPs that took place on June 3, 2014, at the CaGBC’s annual Building Lasting Change conference in Toronto.

In order to ensure greater ease of use, the CaGBC has developed ACPs for eight sets of requirements, and will develop additional ACPs in the future as required. The eight existing ACPs provide equivalent means of meeting credit and prerequisite requirements of LEED v4 by referencing standards that are more familiar to Canadians. They are:

  • LEED BD&C (all adaptations): Location and Transportation credit: Sensitive Land Protection
  • LEED  BD&C – Healthcare: Sustainable Sites credit: Places of Respite
  • LEED  BD&C – Healthcare: Indoor Environmental Quality prerequisite: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
  • LEED BD&C – Healthcare: Indoor Environmental Quality credit: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan
  • LEED BD&C and Homes/Midrise (residential construction): Indoor Environmental Quality prerequisite: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
  • LEED BD&C and ID&C (all adaptations): Energy and Atmosphere prerequisite: Minimum Energy Performance
  • LEED BD&C and ID&C (all adaptations): Energy and Atmosphere credit: Optimize Energy Performance
  • LEED ID&C (all adaptations): Materials and Resources credit: Interiors Life-Cycle Impact Reduction

These ACPs are available in both official languages and are available today through the CaGBC’s website and will also be incorporated into the USGBC’s LEED Credit Library this summer.

LEED v4 is the latest version of the LEED green building rating system, incorporating more than a decade of experience and reflecting the latest green building knowledge, technologies and practices. With a strong emphasis on the impacts of materials, greater flexibility, and a renewed focus on ensuring desired outcomes, it is poised to provide the framework for better, healthier and more sustainable buildings. It also offers a new, global approach to green building certification and will allow Canadian practitioners to take full advantage of all 21 project types addressed by the new version. It will also allow green builders in Canada to carry their expertise seamlessly to projects around the world, and benchmark their accomplishments against international LEED projects.

“With the publication of the ACPs and the availability of these additional tools, the Canadian market is well positioned to adopt LEED v4 and demonstrate its continued leadership in advancing sustainable building,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “LEED v4 provides access to an integrated suite of rating systems and streamlined online certification which allows practitioners to apply LEED to more building types and achieve LEED designation faster.”

Additional tools now available include Substitution Table
A key tool to assist Canadians with the transition to LEED v4 is the Substitution Table, which provides a list of LEED v4 credits that LEED Canada NC 2009, LEED Canada CS 2009, LEED Canada EB: O&M 2009 and LEED Canada CI 1.0 are welcome to adopt. This provides an opportunity to gain experience with LEED v4 pathways and learn about the unique advantages and flexibility some of the new pathways offer. The table can also be found on the CaGBC’s website.

Among the tools and support that the CaGBC is currently developing will be guidance to supplement the LEED v4 Reference Guides. This additional content will be directly applicable to Canadian project teams, such as additional explanation of Canadian ACPs and supplementary resources of particular use to Canadians. CaGBC is also offering an Introduction to the Canadian Alternative Compliance Paths webinar beginning July 30. Registration is now open on the CaGBC website, with additional dates to be added over the next few months.

In addition, an incentive is being provided for the first Canadian project to certify Platinum under LEED v4. The project will have its certification fees waived. For the latest updates and resources available to Canadians now and in the coming months, visit

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