Program Updates: 2018 Checklists

There are no significant updates to the 2018 BUILT GREEN® checklists; however, we have outlined both new checklist items as well as those checklist items that have modified (some very minor verbiage updates aren’t listed below). Program updates are informed by building code, the Technical Standards Committee, the Board of Directors, new technologies and innovations, and industry input.


As always, we very much value input from industry through the year, and often this input results in greater clarity on existing checklist items, updates to the point allocation of checklist items, as well as the addition of new checklist items. All of this to say, please stay in touch and provide your valued feedback: new approaches to sustainable building may be awarded with innovation points.



A summary of updates is listed below, and we encourage you to review these. There are new checklist items as well as checklist items now offering additional points.


Important Reminder Notes:

  • The checklist’s Section 1, Energy and Envelope, will not total without the energy modelling results (NECB/ASHRAE). However, you may upload the checklist to the portal to enroll a project, and update once the energy results come in.
  • Your energy modelling results earn your project a set number of points, which will determine how high your BUILT GREEN® certification level can go (combined with points from the other six Sections of the checklist). If you earn additional points when filling out Section 1 of the checklist, those will not affect your seal level, but they will go towards the project’s overall score.

Checklist Item 1.1.14 (description update)

Updated for 2018: Attached garage is fully insulated, has no provision for future heating, and overhead door is insulated to minimum R8 (for 1 point) or R12 (for 2 points).

Checklist Item 1.2.10—NEW

New for 2018: Where domestic hot water heating is provided within each suite, install high-efficiency electrical domestic hot water system (standby loss in watts: 5% better than NECB 2011 for 2 points; 10% better for 3 points).

Checklist Item 1.5.2 (point allocation update)

Updated for 2018: Refrigerators are ENERGY STAR labelled products (2 points).

Checklist Item 2.3.11 (description and point allocation update)

Updated for 2018: Solid countertops are made from durable materials such as granite, concrete, glass, metal, or local natural stone, for all kitchen counters (2 points), or all other countertop areas (1 point), or both (3 points total). Countertops have 30% or higher recycled content (1 additional point).

Checklist Item 3.2.7 (description update—alternative added)

Updated for 2018: Low-formaldehyde sub-floor sheathing (third-party certified to less than 0.18 ppm) or sub-floor made from substance material that is formaldehyde-free, such as concrete.

Checklist Item 5.6 (description and point allocation update)

Updated for 2018: Metal or engineered durable form systems used for concrete foundation walls (1 point) and for footings (1 point).

Checklist Item 6.1.7 (description and point allocation update)

Updated for 2018: Provide ENERGY STAR labelled clothes washers: front loading (3 points), top loading or laundry centre (combo washer/dryer) (2 points), or combo ventless (4 points). Alternatively, the integrated water factor (IWF) can be calculated, and if it’s below the maximum IWF, 3 points will be awarded.
- Front loading >2.5 cu ft capacity, maximum IWF of 3.7;
- Top loading >2.5 cu ft capacity, maximum IWF of 4.3;
- Washers <2.5 cu ft capacity, maximum IWF of 4.2.

Checklist Item 6.1.8 (description update)

Updated for 2018: Install water-saving dishwasher that uses equal to or less than 13.25 L of water per cycle (3.5 US gallons/cycle).

Checklist Item 6.2.2 (description updated)

Updated for 2018: Design all impermeable hardscape surfaces to direct rainwater to on-site infiltration features (i.e. vegetated swale, rain garden, cistern, etc.), a natural drain source such as an approved stream, river, lake, culvert, etc. or to an approved municipal connection (where volume of rainwater exceeds on-site filtration capacity).

Checklist Item 6.2.7 (description update—additional option)

Updated for 2018: Install efficient irrigation technology including (for 1 point each, to maximum 3 points):

(i) has head-to-head coverage;

(ii) uses high efficiency spray heads with distribution uniformity of 0.7 or greater;

(iii) uses square spray patterns to increase efficiency and reduce overspray onto non-permeable surfaces;

(iv) uses drip irrigation for minimum 50% of planting bed area, including all larger shrub bed areas;

(v) includes a flow sensor, central shut-off valve, and sub meter;

(vi) has a pressure regulating device;

(vii) includes a moisture sensor/rain delay controller;

(viii) pre-set irrigation systems to account for weather.

Checklist Item 6.3.1 (description and points updated)

Updated for 2018: Provide one rain barrel per unit, complete with insect screen, drain, and overflow spouts, and connect to building downspout (1 point) or centralized rainwater collection and reuse system (captures at least 50% of rainwater) (3 points).

Checklist Item 7.2.2 (description and points updated)

Updated for 2018: Builder has a professional Sediment & Erosion (S&E) Control Plan prepared by an engineer, landscape architect, certified environmental monitor, or experienced individual. Builder enacts all five items (3 points); or builder enacts any of the items for 1 point each to a maximum of two points.
(i) All dirt piles are fully covered and not able to wash into the street or off the property.
(ii) All site water has to be filtered to be free of sediment prior to entering into the storm system. This can be done passively by making a containment pond that can filter as it’s reabsorbed into ground water, or actively pumped from a sump to the storm system as long as the sump has filter fabric to keep out all sediment.
(iii) All downwards storm basins are covered and maintained with filter fabric or commercially available bags to filter all water prior to entering the storm system.
(iv) All disturbed downward slopes and site/work boundaries are protected with filtration measures (i.e. silt fences or straw bales) to prevent sediment flow beyond site.
(v) All vehicles that leave the site need to be cleaned prior to exiting to make sure that no sediment can enter the storm system. Provide designated delivery area where truck wheels are washed / treated during construction.
(vi) Any dirt or site debris is cleaned up immediately if it is able to wash into the storm system. This component is considered a constant monitoring program and is in place to prevent the contractors from waiting until the end of the day to clean up the surroundings.


We know this is a time of transition with building code changes, and we’re doing our best to accommodate these with a priority to support and work with builders. Should you have questions or require support, please do let us know.