Certifications

A number of external organizations can certify the quality of your architecture and construction projects. There’s something for everyone out there. TERGOS designs and constructs buildings that live up to your values and aspirations. If that’s not the case, we will make every effort necessary to make it happen.

Living Building Challenge

The LBC certification includes seven performance categories known as “petals”: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. These petals are subdivided into twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and in any location – whether it is a new building or an existing structure.

LEED

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) is a rating system that is recognized as the international seal of excellence for green building in more than 150 countries. Since 2002, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and LEED® Canada have been redefining buildings and communities where Canadians live, work and study.

LEED® works well because it recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings – from how they are designed, to how they are built and how they operate. Since 2004, the CaGBC has granted LEED® certifications to more than 1,800 buildings in Canada and as registered more than 5,000 buildings for certification, ranking second in the world in this respect.

LEED Canada for Homes

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system promotes and fosters green building thanks to its comprehensive approach to sustainability through the creation and use of universally accepted tools and criteria. LEED® for Homes is a 136-point system which recognizes performance in eight fields having positive impacts both with respect to the environment and society.

Passivhaus

The Passivhaus standard is the benchmark for energy efficiency for all types of buildings. It was developed in Germany in 1990 based on the results of research conducted in Nordic climates both in Europe and North America. The Passivhaus design makes it possible to save up to 80% of the energy used to heat and air condition buildings. Since then, more than 50,000 buildings have been constructed according to this standard across the world and in different climate zones. It is a concrete response to the fight against climate change that is in sync with the current trend aimed at curbing the resource consumption.

Novoclimat 2.0

Homes that receive the Novoclimat 2.0 certification save an estimated 20% on energy costs compared to homes built according to Québec's new construction code, for example. It ensures a higher comfort level for future occupants and significantly improves indoor air quality. These homes are inspected, tested and granted a government certification that confirms their superior energy efficiency rating.

HQE

HQE is an internationally recognized certification that develops and distinguishes itself through its specific approaches. It pursues sustainable performance objectives by giving a large place to life cycle assessments (LCA) on a building-scale. HQE's multi-criteria approach integrates concerns about users’ wellbeing by taking into account the building's impacts on health, occupant comfort and the indoor environment.

WELL Building Standard

The WELL Building Standard™ is a standard of excellence based on the measurement, certification and monitoring of the characteristics of a built environment that affect people’s health and wellbeing. The WELL standard is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being in buildings and communities.