Energy efficiency requirements for new single family and 1-3 storey homes

Are you designing or building a single-family or multi-family home? This information is for new, purely residential buildings 1 to 3 storeys tall, including:

  • One- and two-family homes
  • Townhomes and rowhomes
  • Laneway homes
  • Secondary suites
  • One to 3 storey stacked multi-family residential buildings

By 2030 all new homes will be zero emissions in operation. This is outlined in our Climate Emergency Action Plan and Zero Emissions Building Plan.

Building permits issued for new homes after January 1, 2015, must conform to the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law (equivalent requirements as the 2014 by-law).

Get the 2019 building and plumbing systems by-laws

Rezoning requirements

Review the Green Building Policy for rezoning for current energy requirements and checklists required at this stage.

Vancouver Building By-law 2022 updates

Heat recovery ventilators

Heat recovery ventilators (HRV) installed after January 1, 2022 will require the submission of new checklists, located in the 'Models and checklists' section.

Building requirements

For energy advisors and building professionals

As an energy advisor, you conduct EnerGuide home assessments and ensure homes meet the required standards. We've gathered some tools and resources for your quick reference.