Renovation Program


The Renovation program began in 2010, and since then the program has been active primarily in the British Columbia market. A lengthy industry consultation process began in 2015 intended to update the existing renovation program, which included a provisional Renovations Advisory Group, comprised of renovators and industry professionals who are actually doing renovations—this in keeping with Built Green’s underlying belief in engaging with industry. The group reviewed the BUILT GREEN® Renovations Checklist, with input from industry from various geographic regions, alongside the Technical Standards Committee, for recommendations on revisions to ensure relevancy, rigour, and program integrity are maintained.


Coinciding with Renovation Month, in October 2016 Built Green Canada launched its Renovation Program and is encouraging trials during this phase. 

“The program checklist acted like a guide to help us navigate through my first sustainable renovation,” says Stan Neufeld of A Cut Above Living. “The options available were common sense and showed us new choices for better, more durable choices. As a renovator committed to quality and craftsmanship, this is complementary to the work we do and offers our clients a higher performing home.”


There are three renovation types: 


- Whole House (75% or more): ERS Required (Single Family Checklist applies) 

- Renovation (40 – 70%) as well as a secondary suite: ERS Required 

- Small Home Improvements (less than 40% and/or bathroom, or kitchen, or basement): ERS is encouraged and rewarded, but not mandatory (more on this below) 


Each takes a holistic approach to sustainable building and maintains the same seven categories as Built Green’s Single Family and High Density programs: energy efficiency with the integration of the EnerGuide label through Natural Resources Canada, materials & methods, indoor air quality, ventilation, waste management, water conservation, and business practices.


“The renovation program offers the consistent, clear approach Built Green’s other programs have in terms of process, priority areas, and options available. We’re happy to be participating and offering input into the program at this stage,” says Mark Nowotny of My House Design/Build Team Ltd.


Built Green Canada welcomes industry’s continued input during this phase.


To view the Renovation BUILT GREEN® Checklist, email us

View the Process Flow Diagram (following similar certification process as Single Family process, except with a pre-Blower Door Test required as well)

Earn Checklist Points with Products

Our online Product Catalogue directly links to checklist action items; therefore, using these products earns you Checklist points towards BUILT GREEN® certification on your project. View products that have been reviewed and approved in our Product Catalogue

Technical Considerations
Request for Interpretation

If you have questions on the interpretation of a checklist item(s), or require further clarification on a technical consideration, you may email us. We ask that you review our Request for Interpretation log, which includes questions and answers previously submitted.

Change Request Form

If you would like to recommend a change or addition to the Renovation, Single Family or High Density Checklist, you may submit your proposal here.