Institutional Building Requirements

How buildings are designed, constructed and operated has significant impacts on the sustainability of our campus as well as the wellbeing of the people who study, work and live here.

Download the Institutional Green Building Action Plan.

Institutional Building Requirements

To improve clarity particularly for renovations and retrofits, institutional green building requirements have been identified for each tier and are as follows:

The Green Building Action Plan Institutional Tier System
TIER DESCRIPTION BUDGET GREEN BUILDING REQUIREMENT
Tier 1 New buildings - large

>1000 m2

>$5 million

Tier 2 New buildings - small

<1000 m2

>$5 million

Tier 3

Major project renovations

a) Renewal (includes envelope and mechanical system upgrades)

b) Other (extensive interior upgrades)

>$5 million
Tier 4 Partial fit-outs

<$5 million

>$1 million

Tier 5 System upgrades (ex. chiller replacements, controls etc.) N/A

Component Areas

 The GBAP provides ambitious goals, targets and direction in eight distinct but interrelated component areas: 

  • Energy

  • Water

  • Quality

  • Materials & Resources

  • Climate Adaptation

  • Health & Wellbeing

  • Biodiversity

  • Place & Experience

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Institutional Energy Targets

The institutional energy targets in kwh/m2/year are referred to in the table below, will be developed for all new buildings and major renovations based on the following table:  

  Student Housing High-Intensity Science Building Low-Intensity Science Building Office, Classroom and/or Library
  TEDI (Thermal Energy Demand Intensity) DHW (Domestic Hot Water) EUI (Energy Use Intensity) TEDI DHW EUI TEDI DHW EUI TEDI DHW EUI
Current 40 30 130 65 15 380 45 15 200 40 5 140
2020 30 30 120 55 15 370 35 15 190 30 5 130
2025 20 30 110 45 15 360 25 15 180 20 5 120
2030 15 30 95 35 15 350 15 15 170 15 5 115