UBC is accelerating the transformation to high-performing green buildings on campus.

Living wall at CIRS

LEED® Gold certification is mandatory for all new construction and major renovations for institutional buildings at UBC. We’ve taken the LEED standard one step beyond by adding further mandatory green building requirements into UBC’s Technical Guidelines. We’ve also developed a LEED Implementation Guide to help design teams implement LEED standards at UBC.

About LEED

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

LEED promotes a holistic approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health, which include:

  • Sustainable site development
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy efficiency
  • Materials selection
  • Indoor environmental quality

LEED certification is based on total points achieved in the above categories, following an independent review. Four levels of certification can be granted: certified, silver, gold and platinum.

About LEED section copy courtesy of the Canadian Green Building Council.

LEED Buildings at UBC

As of 2008, all publicly-owned new construction and major renovation projects in British Columbia must achieve LEED Gold. UBC green building policies are key to ensuring that green building practices are followed and implemented in a manner that helps us achieve UBC’s sustainability goals.

For a list of our LEED certified buildings, visit the Green Building Directory.

LEED Implementation Guides

UBC has developed LEED Implementation Guides for both LEED 2009 and LEED v4 which are aimed at design teams working to achieve LEED Gold certification on UBC building projects.  The guides provide helpful information as well indicating which credits are mandatory, optional and not available at UBC.