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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Green building rebates
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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
To learn more about this metric, see the 'How We Measure Success' section below.
How we measure success
The metric for community building emissions relies on community-wide consumption data from:
- Natural gas utilities
The metric for emissions for new buildings relies on:
- Modelled energy-use intensities of various building types
- Actual and projected figures for newly built floor area in the city
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Initiatives that are helping us reach our goal and targets
Learn how we plan to save Vancouver residents and businesses over $90 million and 160,000 tonnes of GHGs per year by 2020.
The Neighbourhood Energy Strategy will help develop additional neighbourhood energy systems throughout Vancouver.