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Green building audio tours 

Enjoy audio tours of some of Vancouver's most popular green buildings. The project brought to you by Open Green Building Society.

Take an audio tour

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

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. 

See the progress, actions, and successes we've made towards achieving these goals.

Energy retrofit case studies 

Guidelines, policies, grants, and resources about 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.

Build a Passive House

Learn if your project meets all of the requirements of the Passive House standard.

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.

Solar photovoltaic panels

Learn about the permit process to install solar photovoltaic panels on your home.

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Empower me

Contact Empower Me, a free energy conservation program that offers culturally appropriate and in-language energy efficiency education.

Learn more about EmPower Me

Energy-saving tips for homes and businesses

Visit the BC Hydro Power Smart website

Get energy-saving tips

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

Phone
604-873-7611

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

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

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

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

Home Renovation Rebate ProgramEnergy resources and programs for multi-family buildingsEnergy requirements for single family home renovationsEnergy-efficiency requirements and resources for new homes Building your laneway houseRetain your character houseBuild a Passive HouseSecondary suitesSolar photovoltaic panels