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.
- Zero Emissions Building Plan
- Development bylaws, policies, and guidelines
- Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL)
- Embodied Carbon Strategy PDF file (17 MB) (Appendix K of Climate Emergency Action Plan Council Report)
- Summary of approved green building changes for Part 3 New Construction PDF file (95 KB)
Important note The use of the net zero standard to get zoning relaxations and exclusions is being paused for evaluation because of the challenges of achieving certification under this standard. The relaxations and exclusions for other standards remain available.
As of January 1, 2022, new low-rise residential buildings require zero emissions equipment for heating, and additional roof insulation.
To achieve our Climate Emergency Action Plan targets we need to retrofit existing homes to reduce emissions to zero before 2050.
Learn about high performance buildings that meet Passive House and Net Zero Energy certified standards.
Learn how zero emissions buildings can be eligible for a 5% increase in floor space ratio.
Depending on its size, your multi-family building may be eligible for a range of utility programs, incentives, and rebates.
Reduce carbon pollution from large commercial and multi-family buildings.
Attend green building events or take courses
Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx)
ZEBx is a centre of excellence to increase knowledge, capacity, and passion for cost-effective and low energy buildings.
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.