Goal: Lead the world in green building design and construction
The electricity and natural gas that our buildings use generate 55% of Vancouver's greenhouse gas emissions.
We are already leading the way on sustainable building design, with our passive design toolkits and a building code that is the greenest of any city in North America.
Our next challenge is to improve the environmental performance of our existing buildings, by focusing on retrofits and upgrades, and looking at how people operate buildings.
Green building targets at a glance
- Require all buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral in operations
- Reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings by 20% over 2007 levels
How we measure success
|Indicator||Baseline||2012||% change||2020 target|
|Total tonnes of community CO2e from residential and commercial buildings||1,145,000
Priority actions and progress
|Update the Vancouver Building Bylaw to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in new and existing buildings||90%|
|Develop and promote financing tools that enable energy efficiency retrofits||75%|
|Use price signals in permit fees to reward energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions in new and existing buildings||35%|