Green home retrofit plan

Today, 15% of all emissions in Vancouver come from burning natural gas (a fossil fuel) for heating and hot water in our detached homes. 

Our focus

  • Reduce carbon pollution from burning natural gas to heat buildings and hot water in our homes
  • Support energy efficiency retrofits and the transition to renewable energy
  • Achieve fair and equitable outcomes 

To support home owners and occupants to be part of the solution to our climate crisis, we’re developing a plan to reduce the emissions from homes across the city. This plan will focus on:

  • Switching space heating and hot water equipment from natural gas (a fossil fuel) equipment to clean electric alternatives like heat pumps, or to use renewable gas
  • Reducing energy waste and improving home comfort through home tune-ups (This can include lowering your thermostat, eliminating drafts, and installing insulation and better windows.)

Learn more about the steps to reducing emissions in your home

What's happeningWe want to hear from you

We’re looking for volunteers to help us shape our plan to reduce emissions in homes. If you live in a detached house in Vancouver, we would like to hear from you.

Participate in an interview

Fill in this form if you would like to participate in a 30-minute interview. We will be selecting up to 100 Vancouver residents from a diverse cross-section of backgrounds. Questions will focus on your experience living in and maintaining a home.

Sign up for storming session

Sign-up for a 60-minute solutions storming session to share your ideas with City staff on how we can make home energy upgrades easier. 

Solutions Storming for the Green Home Retrofit Plan:

By participating in an interview or solutions storming session, you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $150 gift card, valid at many local businesses through Support Local BC .

Review contest rules (210 KB)

The information from these interviews and solutions storming sessions will be used to inform the draft Green Home Retrofit Plan. 

In October 2021, we’ll launch the next phase of our public engagement process and invite everyone’s input on our draft Green Home Retrofit plan for Vancouver. Sign up to our email list to stay in the loop on our progress. 

Buildings as a climate solution

In Vancouver, nearly 60% of our carbon pollution comes from buildings. 

That’s why we have been working on the zero emissions building plan (ZEB) to eliminate carbon pollution from new buildings before 2030. Because of this plan, new buildings produce 70% less carbon pollution than they did in 2007.  

Now, through the Climate Emergency Action Plan, we’re focusing our efforts on a plan to cut emissions in half by 2030 from large commercial buildings and detached houses.

Learn more about our goals for how we build and renovate

Steps to reducing emissions in your home

Get support for your renovation

Ready to renovate? Review our permits and process needed for a successful home renovation and what energy requirements may be required as part of your home renovation in Vancouver.

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