Front entry of environmentally designed home in Vancouver

Green Buildings

Our goal: Lead the world in green building design and construction

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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Our target: Require all buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral in operations
Our target: Reduce energy use and GHG emissions in existing buildings by 20% over 2007 levels

Progress we've made so far

Green Buildings Chart
Hover on data points for more information on that year's performance.
To learn more about this metric, see the 'How We Measure Success' section below.

2015-2020 priority actions  

Short-term actions for achieving our goals for 2020.

Our 2014-2015 successes 

Recent initiatives that bring us closer to reaching the Green Buildings goal.

Adopted a comprehensive retrofit strategy 

Update Vancouver's building bylaw 

Ensured further efficiency through Rezoning Policy 

How we measure success

The metrics for green buildings rely on community-wide consumption data from electricity and natural gas utilities.

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Initiatives that are helping us reach our goal and targets

Building Retrofit Strategy - 2014

Learn how we plan to save Vancouver residents and businesses over $90 million and 160,000 tonnes of GHGs per year by 2020.

Smart Thermostat Pilot Program

Want to save energy and money? If you're a FortisBC customer and live in a single-family, duplex, or townhome, you may qualify for our Smart Thermostat Pilot Program.

Last modified: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:12:02

Building Retrofit Strategy - 2014