Green Building Certification

The University of Alberta uses three green building certification systems.


Offered by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), BOMA BEST is a voluntary program based on the internationally recognized Green Globes assessment platform. This national program assesses six key areas of environmental performance and management:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste reduction and site
  • Emissions and effluents
  • Indoor environment
  • Environmental management system

Under BOMA BEST, buildings can earn certified, silver, gold or platinum status. For a building to qualify for certification, it must meet 14 “BEST practices” as determined by a third-party verification process. Buildings must be recertified every three years.

Green Globes®

Green Globes is an assessment system for designing, constructing and operating green buildings. The system certifies many types of buildings, including recreation centres, transit centres, parking garages and historical buildings. Green Globes is growing in popularity as an efficient and cost-effective way to achieve superior sustainability performance in new buildings.

The university is pursuing Green Globes certification for select facilities under construction.


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the international standard for green buildings. Through the Canada Green Building Council, LEED rates a building’s design, construction or renovations and operations using 70 criteria in five categories, including:

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality

The university must pursue a minimum LEED Silver rating for any new facilities receiving funding from the Government of Alberta.