Home renovations

Energy requirements for home renovations

Green home renovation rebates

Clean BC Better Homes

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

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The 2019 Vancouver Building By-law (VBBL) requires that you perform energy-efficient measures as part of your renovation if you are planning to renovate a:

  • Laneway house or infill
  • Single detached house
  • Duplex unit

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? Review energy requirements for large and retail and commercial buildings

The 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, completed by your energy advisor.

What home renovations may require

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)
Between $75,000 and $249,000 EnerGuide home evaluation (pre and post renovation) + select two (2) additional energy upgrades

More than $250,000         Effective January 1, 2023

EnerGuide home evaluation (pre and post renovation) + select two (2) additional energy upgrades + install electric space and hot water heating systems

Questions? Contact the Development and Building Services Centre 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 

Heat pump rebate and energy efficient enquiries

We do not administer heat pump rebate applications.

Contact a Clean BC Better Homes Energy Coach through their online form or by phone 1-844-881-9790.

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