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Policy   Manitoba Green Building Policy
Manitoba (Canada)
Manitoba government

The policy was introduced by Manitoba government on 1st April 2007.
Territorial scope
Regional level

Target Buildings




Public buildings

 New buildings    

Private buildings
 Existing buildings
 Industrial, services, etc.

Main Targets 

  • Create cost-effective buildings that respect the environment and contribute to healthier and more sustainable communities;
  • Reduce overall expenditures through improved building performance under a life-cycle approach;
  • Reduce exposure to fossil fuel price volatility and long-term supply associated with the use of non-renewable fossil fuel;
  • Decrease greenhouse gas emissions from Manitoba’s building sector;
  • Create common frameworks for green building standards across Manitoba government funding for building projects;
  • Create economic opportunities for local industry by stimulating the demand for green building products and services;
  • Minimize negative environmental impacts associated with building construction, renovation, operation, maintenance and demolition.


According to the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Manitoba is leading the nation on energy efficiency initiatives through the introduction of the Green building Policy for government of Manitoba Funded Projects.

The policy introduced in April 2007 is designed to ensure that new and existent provincially funded buildings are less costly to operate and maintain, use less energy, produce fewer greenhouse gas and other emissions, and stimulate demand for green building products and services in Manitoba.


Green Building Policy Overview

Framed in the strategic objectives of Manitoba’s Sustainable Development Act (legislation states for economic and purchasing decisions under environmental, human health and social consequences) and Manitoba Building Code (regional requirements for buildings safety, health, accessibility, fire and structural protection) the Green Building Policy was designed to create a significant improvement in new and renovated buildings funded by the Government of Manitoba over their entire life cycle from an environmental, energy and economic perspective.

With the aim to improve energy and water use efficiencies, reduce green house gas emissions, and promote healthy green buildings, the Green Building policy applies to the site selection, design, construction and renovation of non-residential buildings (excluding industrial occupancies and farm buildings), considering all new buildings and additions to existing buildings with a building area of 600m2 or more, as well as major renovations (where the estimated renovation costs exceed 50 %) of existing buildings.


Design, environmental and energy policy requirements

The Green Building Policy of Manitoba comprises the following requirements for design, environmental and energy performance:

  • Use of an integrated design process – an integrated design process provides the opportunity for building owners and design professionals to plan, construct, inspect, operate and maintain buildings, making all major building design decisions together as a team. This makes the design process more efficient and results in a cost-effective green building;
  • Achieve excellence levels of energy efficiency – Attain 33% better levels of energy efficiency than the requirements of the Canadian Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) and the meeting Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Design Standards;
  • Life-cycle costing of the building or building systems – Apply a life-cycle costing method for evaluating the economic costs of a building and building components over a specified time period;
  • Achieve Silver Certification on LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system – All building projects covered by this policy shall achieve a minimum of silver certification under the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED Canada Version 1.0 Green Building Rating System for New Construction and Major Renovations;
  • Employ preferentially low or zero carbon renewable energy sources – new building shall give preference to renewable low or zero carbon energy sources and systems for space heating, domestic water heating, ventilation, lighting and other major building loads.

Further policy developments

An upcoming version of this policy will cover residential buildings (both single family and multi-family), leased accommodations, minimizing environmental impacts from building operation, maintenance, repair and demolition and the establishment of greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, employing for instance carbon credits or other actions to encourage the avoid of non-renewable energy sources.