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Vancouver will soon lead the world in green building design and construction, thanks to the innovative Greenest City initiative.

As part of this initiative, the City is working to reduce the amount of energy consumed by the city's new homes 33% by 2020, with the goal of making all new buildings "carbon neutral" by 2030.

At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings will be reduced by 20% over 2007 levels.

How we are meeting these green building targets

The City is implementing a wide range of green building programs and policies to help reach this ambitious target, including the Green Homes program.

You can help, too. There are many incentives and programs available to you that will help you make your home more energy efficient, so you can reduce your utility bills, carbon footprint, and help Vancouver become the world's greenest city by 2020.

Green building and renovating

Building your laneway house

Find out if your property is eligible for a laneway house, and get all of the help, advice, and guidance you need to build it.

Demolition permit

Demolishing a building in Vancouver often requires at least one permit. Find out the requirements for your project, including for reusing and recycling demolition materials.

Energy requirements, forms, and checklists for large and retail / commercial buildings

Get the energy checklists and tutorials for ASHRAE 90.1 and NECB submissions, as well as process and requirements information for these projects: rezoning, neighbourhood energy, and energy upgrades for existing buildings.

Grants and loans for energy-efficiency improvements

There are valuable grants and rebates available that can help you offset the cost of making your home more energy efficient. Save money, and do your part to help make Vancouver the world's greenest city.

Green building and renovating resources

The City's sustainability team has developed a series of green home renovation guides that will help you create a home that is healthy, saves you money, and is easy on the environment.

Green home building policies

All new one- and two-family homes must comply to Vancouver's new green building requirements. By 2020, all new homes will be carbon neutral.

Green living at home

The City is working hard to meet the Greenest City 2020 target for reduced greeenhouse gas emmissions, but we need your help! Learn what you can do to make your home more energy efficient.

Secondary suites

The City allows secondary rental suites in all parts of Vancouver. Learn the rules for installing a suite in your home or apartment, and get help with the approval process.

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Green renovation guides

Get the green renovation guides

Create a home that is healthy, money-saving, and is easy on the environment, with the City's series of 9 green home renovation guides.

Get the guides

Did you know...

54% of all greenhouse gases generated in Vancouver are produced by the construction and operation of buildings?

What we are doing about it

Energy-saving tips for homes and businesses

Visit the BC Hydro Power Smart website

Get energy-saving tips

Access to nature

Greenest City goals

Learn more

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

Phone: 604-873-7611

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Last modified: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:13:09

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