The electricity and natural gas that our buildings use generate the majority of Vancouver's greenhouse gas emissions.
We are working to improve the environmental performance of buildings throughout the city.
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We’ll continue to use a combination of incentives and regulations to meet our green building targets.
Recent initiatives that bring us closer to reaching the Green Buildings goal.
Adopted by Council in June 2014, the Energy Retrofit Strategy for Existing Buildings aims to reduce greenhouse gases that result from energy use in buildings that already exist.
The strategy focuses on buildings in four target sectors:
These sectors collectively cost nearly $500 million to heat and power and produce 800,000 tonnes of emissions each year.
The Energy Retrofit Strategy will catalyze and support voluntary improvements in these sectors, using energy benchmarking and energy audits, by promoting retrofit incentives and through retrofit requirements in our Building By-Law.
Our ability to adopt our own building bylaw is unique in BC. Adopting unique bylaws allows us to respond quickly to safety issues and be a leader in the realm of building regulations.
On April 1, 2014, Council enacted the 2012 British Columbia Building Code with additional requirements and revisions specific to Vancouver.
Developed in consultation with industry professionals, the new bylaw took effect January 1, 2015. The new bylaw:
The Rezoning Policy provides an opportunity to improve energy efficiency in the built environment, building-by-building.
In June 2014, the Rezoning Policy was updated to promote connection to future low-carbon neighbourhood energy utilities. The updated policy recognizes energy efficiency programs, such as:
The Rezoning Policy exceeds the Vancouver Building By-Law by 22%, meaning that new buildings have to be that much more efficient if they are built on rezoned land.
The metrics for green buildings rely on community-wide consumption data from electricity and natural gas utilities.
We publicly report our greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory to the Carbon Disclosure Project for Cities (CDP for Cities) platform. Free registration to CDP is required to view responses.
This metric is maintained by the Sustainability Group within the City Manager’s Office at the City.
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Learn how we plan to save Vancouver residents and businesses over $90 million and 160,000 tonnes of GHGs per year by 2020.
The Neighbourhood Energy Strategy will help develop additional neighbourhood energy systems throughout Vancouver.
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