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Townhouses

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 2030 all new homes will be zero emissions in operation. This is outlined in our Climate Emergency Response 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.

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.