Green building and renovating

Solar panels on roof

Green building audio tours 

Enjoy audio tours of some of Vancouver's most popular green buildings. The project brought to you by Open Green Building Society.

Take an audio tour

Vancouver will soon lead the world in green building design and construction, thanks to the innovative Greenest City Action Plan.

As part of this initiative, the City is working to reduce the amount of energy consumed by the city's new homes 33% by 2020, with the goal of making all new buildings "carbon neutral" by 2030.

At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings will be reduced by 20% over 2007 levels. 

See the progress, actions, and successes we've made towards achieving these goals.

Energy retrofit case studies 

Guidelines, policies, grants, and resources about green building and renovating

Demolition permit

Demolishing a building in Vancouver often requires at least one permit. Find out the requirements for your project, including for reusing and recycling demolition materials.

Energy requirements, forms, and checklists for all buildings

Building energy info for Rezoning, ASHRAE, NECB, and Step Code, including checklists for new construction and renovation projects.

Build a Passive House

Learn if your project meets all of the requirements of the Passive House standard.

Solar photovoltaic panels

Learn about the permit process to install solar photovoltaic panels on your home.

New to Canada?

Empower me

Contact Empower Me, a free energy conservation program that offers culturally appropriate and in-language energy efficiency education.

Learn more about EmPower Me

Energy-saving tips for homes and businesses

Visit the BC Hydro Power Smart website

Get energy-saving tips

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning


Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon