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.

Read about the:

Clarification of our position on natural gas

We are not banning the use of natural gas, despite claims to the contrary in a misinformed opinion piece in The Province newspaper. Learn more.

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

All buildings
New buildings
All buildings
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.

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Initiatives that are helping us reach our goal and targets

Zero Emissions Building Plan

This plan will eliminate emissions from new buildings by 2030 through energy efficiency and renewable energy, and is the next step to advance the Renewable City Strategy.

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.

Neighbourhood Energy Strategy

The Neighbourhood Energy Strategy will help develop additional neighbourhood energy systems throughout Vancouver.