building certifications

In 2016, we continued our leadership on green certifications through our following certification programs:

LEED EB: O&M Volume Program | BOMA BEST Portfolio Program | IREM Certificated Sustainable Properties Volume Program | ENERGY STAR Certification

Certification Scheme                                                                   Total Number of Buildings
 BOMA BEST (Canada & U.S.) 600^
 LEED (Canada & U.S.) 119^
 IREM (U.S.) 46^
 ENERGY STAR (Canada & U.S.) 36^
*In July 2016, Bentall Kennedy assumed new asset management of 122 Sun Life assets across North America, managed by third-party property managers. Considering the complexity of transitioning this large number of assets, Bentall Kennedy did not have insight into relevant certification data for these properties. Therefore, these are not included in the green building certification numbers for 2016.

LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

We certify buildings to LEED rating systems in both Canada and the U.S. There are several LEED rating systems, and the most relevant rating systems for our portfolio address new construction (NC), core and shell (C&S) and existing buildings: operations and management (EB:O&M). Bentall Kennedy’s award-winning LEED EB: O&M Volume program across North America is a multi-year program that enables us to increase the coverage of building certifications across our portfolio more efficiently and at a reduced cost.

$11.5 billion in assets, across 28.0 million square feet are LEED certified.

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ExpandLEED certified buildings by rating system and level (Canada and U.S.)

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ExpandCanada and U.S.: LEED certified office buildings


The BOMA BEST Certification program is delivered through the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada and its affiliates ( This program is designed for existing buildings. The certification is valid for three years. In Canada, based on asset value:

  • 68% of the office portfolio is BOMA BEST certified
  • 74% of retail portfolio is BOMA BEST certified 
  • 51% of total Canadian portfolio is BOMA BEST certified

To increase the certification coverage of our buildings, we rolled out a BOMA BEST Portfolio Program in Canada in 2015. By the end of 2016, 431 buildings had been certified through the Portfolio program – an increase of 143% from 2015. In 2016, we ran a BOMA BEST pilot program for U.S. industrial properties, and successfully certified 18 properties.

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CollapseBOMA BEST certified buildings in Canada (sqft)

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ExpandBOMA BEST certified as portion of canadian portfolio by asset type

IREM certified sustainable property volume program

In 2016, 46* US office, multi-family and enclosed retail properties across our portfolio achieved Institute of Real Estate Management’s (IREM) Certified Sustainable Property designations. The certification system is an effective way to drive meaningful operational improvements and enhance tenant experience at the property level. Tenants are increasingly associating environmental performance with quality, so the IREM certification presents a prime opportunity to demonstrate the value of exceptional real estate management.  *It is noted that certification is provisional for 5 of the 46 properties.


The ENERGY STAR program was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with energy use. Buildings in the U.S. that receive an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher are eligible to apply for ENERGY STAR Certification for exemplary performance. A score of 75 or higher indicates buildings that are in the top quartile of energy performance. The certification must be achieved each year and verified externally. Since ENERGY STAR certification is only available in the U.S., we work to benchmark our Canadian assets using the ENERGY STAR benchmarking program.

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ExpandENERGY STAR Benchmarked - North America 2016

Over 40% of the Bentall Kennedy office portfolio in the U.S. has achieved an ENERGY STAR certification based on asset value. All eligible office properties use the ENERGY STAR platform to benchmark energy information and track progress. Industrial properties are increasingly using the program for benchmarking if they are eligible, and more than one-quarter of our total industrial square footage in the U.S. has also achieved ENERGY STAR certification.

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ExpandENERGY STAR certified - U.S. 2016

Quick Facts

$11 billion in assets certified to LEED, including office, retail, and multi-family properties.

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