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A zero-emissions building

Zero Emissions Buildings

A zero emissions building (ZEB) is highly energy efficient and uses only renewable energy. We plan to transition to zero emissions buildings in all new construction by 2030. To achieve this, we're setting limits on emissions and energy use in new buildings, and will reduce these limits over time.

Clear direction and leadership in energy policy will strengthen our local green economy, and help us to do our part to reduce climate change.

For residents, zero emissions buildings:

  • Improve comfort, by better managing temperature
  • Improve health, by better managing fresh air throughout the building
  • Reduce noise, through better insulation and airtightness
  • Require less energy, helping you to lower your energy bills
  • Are more durable

For industry, a plan that's closely coordinated with the province-wide Energy Step Code external website creates a new level of consistency and predictability across local goverments. Providing clear timelines for future updates will help businesses to invest in and develop products and skills to meet the next steps in requirements.

Learn more about our strategy to achieve 100% renewable energy in all buildings by 2050.

Development bylaws, policies and guidelines

Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL)

Passive House

Build a Passive House

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

5% more floor space for zero-emissions buildings

Building tools

Learn how zero emissions buildings can be eligible for a 5% increase in floor space ratio.

Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx)

ZEBx is a centre of excellence to increase knowledge, capacity, and passion for cost-effective and low energy buildings.

Learn more and sign up for updates external website.

Building toolsNet-Zero Energy HousingNet Zero Home Labelling Program Neighborhood Energy Utility factsheet