Home renovations

Energy requirements for single family and 1-3 storey home renovations

Home renovation rebates

Find available energy efficiency improvement rebates and top-ups for Vancouver residents.

If you are planning to renovate:

  • A laneway House
  • A single family, duplex or triplex 
  • A townhouse unit
  • Other ground-oriented home 3 storeys and under

the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law (VBBL) requires that you perform energy-efficient measures as part of your renovation. Any new work and room additions must also comply with the VBBL, including walls, windows, and heating and hot water systems.

Renovating a larger building? Visit the energy requirements for large and retail and commercial buildings page.

VBBL upgrades depend on the year of the scope and the cost of the project. Homes completing EnerGuide assessments must submit a Renovation Energy Upgrade Proposal form  (485 KB), completed by your Energy Advisor.

Home renovations may require the following:

Total project cost EnerGuide Home Evaluation and upgrades required?
Less than $20,000 Not required
$20,000 to $74,999 EnerGuide Home Evaluation (pre-renovation)
More than $75,000 EnerGuide Home Evaluation (pre and post renovation) + select two (2) additional energy upgrades

 Questions? Call our Development and Building Services Centre at 604-873-7611 about your total project cost

How to meet your renovation energy upgrade requirements

For Energy Advisors and building professionals

As an Energy Advisor, you conduct EnerGuide home assessments and ensure homes under NRCan’s energy efficiency housing initiatives  meet the required standards. We've gathered some tools and resources for your quick reference.

Resources for homeowners

Ask the Energy Coach

Call 1-844-881-9790

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

Visit bcenergycoach.ca 

EnerGuide and Energy Advisors

EnerGuide is a Canadian rating system for energy consumption. It describes a home’s energy efficiency. Energy Advisors are experts who are certified by Natural Resources Canada. They perform energy efficiency home evaluations according to EnerGuide standards, and provide advice and recommendations to both homeowners and home building professionals.

Do you need a permit for your renovation?

Most common renovation, construction, or maintenance projects require a city permit.

Find out if you need a permit for your project, and learn the value of the City's permitting system.

See if you need a permit