BUILT GREEN® High Density Checklist 2017


Subsequent to industry input, alongside the Technical Standards Committee and the Board of Directors, we've made updates to the 2017 checklists, outlined below. These changes also reflect individual checklist items’ impact on the project, as well as greater alignment between the Single Family, High Density, and Renovation programs.

Important Notes: 

- A reminder that the 2016 High Density Checklist may be used to enroll projects up to and including March 31, 2017. 

- The 2017 High Density Checklist may be used from January 1, 2017 on; however, the 2017 versions must be used for projects enrolled April 1, 2017. 

- The 2017 Guide for High Density will be available in January. 

- As always, Built Green Canada welcomes input from industry, whether that be through a Request for Interpretation, which may be submitted here: www.builtgreencanada.ca/request-for-interpretation-form or other recommendations.

High Density Checklist 2017


Checklist Item 1.1.3: (points have increased)

Updated for 2017: Install additional insulation on exterior of above grade walls, above insulation amounts already required by building code: (i) +R5 for 2 point; or (ii) +R10 for 4 points.


Checklist Item 1.1.10: (item update / points have increased)

Updated for 2017: Install weather-stripped and insulated (R20 minimum for 1 point and R28 for 2 points) manufactured interior attic hatch, or have no interior attic access.


Checklist Item 1.1.19—NEW

Builder utilizes a certified building envelope engineer for the design of the building envelope (1 point).


Checklist Item 1.2.15—NEW

Engage an independent Commissioning Engineer to review the Owner's HVAC and lighting system requirements, and perform a review of drawings and specifications (approx. 90% working drawings (2 points); AND Verify installation and operation of HVAC and lighting systems (3 points); AND/OR Carry out a follow-up onsite review of HVAC and lighting warranty items including comfort, controls, and energy efficiency (1 point).              


Checklist Item 1.6.3: (points have increased)

Updated for 2017: Install on-site wind or solar (PV) electrical generation that supplies a portion of the designed electrical load (other than heat) in private dwelling areas: 10% for 4 pts, 25% for 8 pts, 50% for 12 pts, 75% for 16 pts, and 100% for 20 points.


Checklist Item 1.6.4: (points have increased)

Updated for 2017: Install on-site wind or solar (PV) electrical generation that supplies 50% (2 point) or 100% (4 points) of electrical needs for the common areas. This does not include electric heat.                                                                                                                                                             

Checklist Item 1.7.12: (item update / points have increased)

Updated for 2017: Install a home automation system in each dwelling unit that is capable of monitoring and adjusting: (i) heating, cooling, and humidity (2 points); (ii) lighting greater than 4 locations/rooms (1 point); (iii) If system can be controlled through a Wi-Fi, a smart phone, or app (1 additional point); (iv) all lighting and/or blinds to adjust to hourly sun schedule (1 point); (v) Domestic Hot Water (1 point); (vi) pre-set irrigation systems to account for weather (1 point); (vii) and a “vacation or away” mode that can turn off all non-essential electrical loads (1 point).


Checklist Item 1.7.13—NEW

Install home energy monitoring system which monitors and reports use and consumption patterns of all energy (gas, electricity, oil) in the home (1 point). An additional 1 point may be gained if the system is integrated with onsite renewable energy generation and storage technology.


Checklist Item 2.1.1: (points have increased)

Updated for 2017: Use Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) or other systems that eliminate the need for traditional formwork: 3 points for below grade, and/or 4 points for 75% of above grade.


Checklist Item 2.3.1: (item update / points have increased)

Updated for 2017: Minimum 30-year manufacturer warranty roofing material (2 points plus 1 point for each additional 5 years). "Lifetime" warranties have terms/conditions that ultimately have a limit in real years, and will not be considered unless clarified. Inspection by certified roofing inspector or an envelope engineer for 1 point.


Checklist Item 2.3.2: (item update)

Updated for 2017: Low VOC water or damp proofing on foundation walls. (SCAQMD Rule 1113, 2004 VOC limits: Waterproofing sealers <=250 g/L / Waterproofing Concrete or Masonry Sealers: <=400 g/L).


Checklist 3.2.13: (item update / points have increased)

Updated for 2017: Water-based lacquer or paints are used on all site-built and installed millwork, including doors, casing, and baseboards (less than 200 grams/litre of VOCs for 2 points or less than 50 grams/litre for 3 points).


Checklist Item 3.2.14: (item update / points have increased)

Updated for 2017: Interior paints used have low VOC content (less than 200 grams/litre of VOCs for 1 point or less than 50 grams/litre for 2 points).


Checklist Item 6.1.7: (points have decreased)

Updated for 2017: Provide front-loading clothes washer (2 points); or condensing combination wash/dry unit (4 points); or top-loading clothes washer having a rated water factor of less than 25 litres per cycle per cubic foot (3 points).


Checklist Item 7.1.5: (points have increased)

Updated for 2017: Manufacturers and/or suppliers purchase 50% or more solar, wind, or renewable electricity (1 point per supplier to a maximum of 3).


Checklist Item 7.1.12—NEW (a focus on innovation)

The builder integrates innovative sustainable building practices above and beyond what is contained within the checklist section and provides supporting documentation. The innovation must apply to the project and will be reviewed by the Technical Standards Committee at the time of submission. 1 to 5 points.