Green Building Design and Labeling

WSP is Canada’s leader in greening existing and new buildings. We help buildings achieve recognition with industry-leading green labeling and certification programs.  We are responsible for 60% of every square foot of buildings certified under the CaGBC’s LEED-EB rating system, and we have optimized energy and water performance at some of the nation’s most pre-eminent buildings.  WSP also has a unique depth of expertise in LEED-NC and LEED-CI implementation. We have certified over 12M sq.ft. of new building projects. From the Maritimes to the West Coast, we have certified over 90 new construction and commercial interior projects.

LEED/WELL/BOMA/Green Certification Management

Improve leasability, reduce operating costs, and boost performance by achieving third-party recognition for your green building efforts.

WSP knows how to make the green building certification – and recertification – process smooth, organized and simple. That’s because we are intimately familiar with LEED, BOMA BEST, WELL Building Standard and other green building rating systems. We are responsible for over 500 successful LEED certifications, including over 60% of every square foot of buildings certified under the CaGBC’s LEED-EB rating system and over 12 million square feet of new construction, core and shell, and commercial interior space. As recognized experts in our industry, we authored the Canadian version of LEED for Existing Buildings and developed the CaGBC course on EB commissioning. We continue to partner with the CaGBC as reviewers for LEED submissions, LEED faculty, technical advisors and LEED documentation experts. We are industry partners with several other leaders in green certifications as well. We worked with BOMA to rejuvenate the BOMA BEST program, we act as REALpac’s technical advisor for the evolution of their commercial building energy and new water consumption benchmarking programs and we are Toronto Green Standard Tier II Evaluators.

We have the knowledge and experience to help you with all the application steps, whether you are pursuing:

  • LEED certification or LEED-EB recertification
  • The WELL Building Standard
  • The Living Building Challenge
  • The Toronto Green Standard
  • Other new or custom programs

Green Building and Portfolio Benchmarking

Find out how your building or portfolio stacks up to other Canadian buildings on key performance metrics like energy and water use. We have compiled an extensive performance database of over 2,000 buildings across Canada, including almost 500 office buildings. This allows us to benchmark your building or portfolio’s energy and water performance, information that may be used to engage property management teams in investigating energy and water saving initiatives. Comparing your building to those in our database also highlights good performance which can be used to communicate your leadership to your tenants or other stakeholders.


Tenant Engagement and Partnership Program

Build a stronger relationship with tenants, and achieve an even greener building by ensuring your green initiatives are aligned with your tenants’ efforts. Through the Tenant Engagement and Partnership Program, we show both landlords and tenants the impact occupants’ energy use habits can have on building performance. By building a partnership, landlords and tenants can work together to improve building operations, lower energy costs, and target higher levels of green building certification. We help manage this collaboration in a way that builds trust and allegiance between the parties. We work with tenants to understand their drivers and then come up with practical and fun ways to help them make greener choices. Landlords develop a better relationship with their tenants and, in the process, enhance their building’s market reputation. The Tenant Engagement and Partnership Program includes a continuous feedback loop to monitor tenant engagement, determine what kind of improvements can be made, and measure the impact of the improvements on building performance. You can use these findings to report back to your senior management, other property managers, and external sustainability benchmarking organizations.


Green to Great® Performance Tracking and Reporting

Use the data on your building’s performance improvements to your best advantage: manage what you measure to target even greater opportunities.As part of our Green to Great® program, we help you monitor, track and report on the improvements in your building’s energy, water, outdoor air and waste management performance.

Our Performance Tracking and Reporting service is designed to help you:

  • Continually improve green performance
  • Stay competitive in an evolving market
  • Prepare for LEED-EB recertification or the next wave of green building labeling
  • Have more meaningful tenant engagement
  • Demonstrate your progress and commitment to sustainability to your stakeholders


Integrated Design Management

The integrated design process helps create great architecture: it shifts you from compliance to inspiration.  Using an Integrated Design approach creates a dynamic environment for the design team to make informed and inspired decisions about building performance. It allows us to look at environmental performance targets that go beyond LEED compliance. By expanding our feedback beyond energy consumption LEED points, we’re able to facilitate bigger design decisions about energy, carbon and comfort – about how a building will actually feel to its occupants.


Cladding Durability

As more emphasis is placed on a building’s long-term performance, clients are increasingly demanding durable buildings. The LEED Durable Building credit brings the impacts of long-term maintenance costs and disruption into the design decision-making process. For this credit, we help you develop a Building Durability Plan (BDP) that addresses the building envelope and structure. The plan provides quality assurance for designers and constructors and promotes a longer-lasting building with decreased maintenance.


Daylight Modelling

Achieve maximum benefit from daylight and a more effective design through daylight modeling. In addition to meeting the LEED credit requirements, daylight modelling can be used to inform decisions about glazing and interior space design. Ultimately, it can be used to optimize occupant comfort. While the simple calculation outlined in the LEED Reference Guide is acceptable for the majority of projects, it does not allow for complex space analysis, nor does it provide designers with an indication of actual daylight levels. Using a more sophisticated daylight modeling approach, we are able to measure actual daylight levels in the space which is often not practical from a scheduling perspective for new construction projects.


Green Education Program

Earn the LEED Innovation in Design Credit and demonstrate your environmental leadership through a Green Education Program. Education is a commonly targeted strategy for the CaGBC’s LEED Innovation in Design Credit. We have worked with many clients across Canada to develop dynamic and effective education programs. These not only satisfy the CaGBC’s requirements. They also become powerful marketing tools to demonstrate our clients’ commitment to green construction.


Building Energy Services

Focused on helping you reduce your operating costs and achieve the full potential from your building systems. From energy modeling to water audits to indoor air quality assessments, there are many studies and analyses required whether you are pursuing LEED, BOMA BEST, or other building labeling programs. You will benefit from our ability to offer a full range of services when pursuing building certifications and gain from having one integrated team.