The 2019 Vancouver Building By-law (VBBL) requires that you perform energy-efficient measures when you renovate your home. Any new work must also comply with the VBBL including ventilation systems, walls, roof, and room additions.
Renovating a larger building? Visit the energy requirements for large and retail and commercial buildings page.
VBBL upgrades depend on the year of the home and the cost of the project. Homes completing EnerGuide assessments must submit a Renovation Energy Upgrade Proposal form Excel file (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|
|More than $75,000||EnerGuide Home Evaluation (pre and post) + air sealing + improve attic insulation|
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 External website, opens in new tab meet the required standards. We've gathered some tools and resources for your quick reference.
Resources for homeowners
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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