Renewable buildings

Our strategy is to target building energy—primarily in space heating and hot water use.

Buildings are the largest source of emissions in Vancouver - 59% of the city's total emissions in 2017.

The majority of non-renewable energy used in Vancouver buildings is used to produce heat—typically through burning natural gas. A zero-emission building emits no greenhouse gases form the energy it uses.

To have the largest carbon reduction impact, our strategy focuses mainly on energy used for space heating and hot water.

Imagine a city where homes and offices have clean and comfortable environments that are less expensive to heat and cool, and use only renewable sources of energy.   

Progress we've made so far

Reducing building energy needs by 2050

By reducing demand, increasing renewable energy use, and increasing renewable energy supply, we can meet Vancouver's building energy needs in 2050.

The Renewable City Action Plan contains a schedule of 27 actions related to buildings. The implementation timeframe for these actions are short-term (less than two years), medium-term (two to four years), long-term (over four years), or ongoing.