Energy-efficiency requirements and resources for new homes up to 6 storeys

Are you designing or building a single-family or multi-family home? This information is for new, purely residential buildings 1 to 6 storeys tall, including:

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

By 2020 new homes must be carbon neutral and use 50% less energy than homes did in 2007.

Building permits issued for new homes after January 1, 2015 must conform to the 2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw.

Get the 2014 City of Vancouver Building and Plumbing Systems Bylaws

Starting March 1, 2018, the single family prescriptive energy requirements in the 2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw will align across all purely residential buildings 1-6 storeys.

Rezoning requirements

Visit the Green Building Policy for Rezonings section on the Zero Emissions page for current energy requirements and checklists required at this stage.

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.