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
- Embodied Carbon
- Development bylaws, policies, and guidelines
- Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL)
- Summary of approved green building changes for Part 3 New Construction PDF file (95 KB)
Important note 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.
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.