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.


 We're accepting enquiries for relaxations and exclusions under the net zero standard starting February 28, 2023, for applicant teams with relevant accreditations.

The applicant team must include a person who has the CHBA Qualified Net Zero Builder accreditation. Alternately, the applicant team must include a person who has a current Certified Passive House Consultant or Certified Passive House Designer accreditation.

Review details and submission requirements (314 KB)

Zoning amendments to support the Climate Emergency Response

As of January 1, 2022, new low-rise residential buildings require zero emissions equipment for heating, and additional roof insulation.

Energy resources and programs for existing detached homes

To achieve our Climate Emergency Action Plan targets we need to retrofit existing homes to reduce emissions to zero before 2050.

High performance building standards

Learn about high performance buildings that meet Passive House and Net Zero Energy certified standards.

Building catalyst tools

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

Multi-family building energy resources and programs

Depending on its size, your multi-family building may be eligible for a range of utility programs, incentives, and rebates.

Carbon pollution limits and reporting for existing large commercial and multi-family buildings

Reduce carbon pollution from large commercial and multi-family buildings.

Development bylaws, policies, and guidelines

Vancouver Building By-law (VBBL)



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 

Low Carbon Cities Canada

The 2019 federal budget included $350M for an exciting initiative called Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3), a program that the City of Vancouver has actively participated in developing.  Through the LC3 initiative, and in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, $183M has been earmarked to establish a network of low carbon innovation centres in seven cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

The LC3 funding proposal was inspired by the successful model pioneered by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) in Toronto, which was established in 1991 through an endowment from the City of Toronto. TAF uses innovative financial tools, administers grants and advances policies and programs to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. 

The LC3 innovation centres are expected to be operated at arm’s length from local government, but to work in close partnership. For the Vancouver area, the City will be taking the lead to determine the appropriate governance structure, mandate and physical home for the LC3 centre over the coming months. Staff will be undertaking this process in collaboration with Metro Vancouver, local governments, NGO’s, and other local stakeholders.

LC3 is an exciting opportunity for the City—and the region as a whole--to accelerate our climate action, while also supporting the growth of green jobs and improved affordability.

Learn more about the LC3 initiative