Energy requirements, forms, and checklists for all buildings

Energy reduction targets for new buildings are 20% below 2007 levels by 2020, and zero emissions by 2030.

In 2014, we introduced Canada’s first energy code/bylaw with energy upgrade requirements for existing buildings. The new requirements were added to the existing upgrade mechanism process used in Part 11 for Life Safety, Seismic, Structural, and Accessibility.

Some areas of Vancouver have been designated for the establishment of neighbourhood energy systems that supply thermal energy for heating, hot water, and in some cases, cooling. These areas have specific thermal requirements for buildings to connect and use neighbourhood energy services.

This energy webpage was created in 2013 to support industry awareness and provide pertinent information in real time to maximize understanding and confidence in building industry requirements.

This page supports Vancouver’s Rezoning and Building By-law requirements. It is targeted towards building industry designers and constructors and therefore uses industry terms and language.

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What's new

New (2019) Vancouver Building Bylaw

City Council enacted the 2019 Vancouver Building Bylaw which took effect on November 1, 2019.

Aspects of the 2019 VBBL can be incorporated in projects subject to the 2014 VBBL by following the details provided within the Vancouver Building Bylaw section below.

New communication system for energy webpage updates

Our website is now incorporating a subscription process to receive pertinent information specific to that webpage’s content, in a timely manner.

This energy webpage now incorporates a subscription box (above) to add interested parties to the energy webpage information distribution list.

Those already on the present communication list, managed by Vancouver’s Energy Policy Specialist, have automatically been added and should continue to receive energy related information, by regular email, but in a standardized template format rather than regular email format. 

The energy webpage broadcasts will continue to be generated and distributed by the Energy Policy Specialist from within the Office of the Chief Building Official.


Vancouver Building Bylaw

Project types and requirements

Zero Emissions Building Plan (ZEBP)

Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan includes the following Planning policies and Rezoning conditions as well as specific Building Bylaw energy requirements (Part 10 - aligned with BC’s Energy Step Code.

Planning policies and rezoning 

VBBL Part 10: Requirements and classifications

VBBL Part 10: Energy standards and conditions

Part 10 consists of three main energy compliance paths for Part 3 buildings and some Part 9 buildings. Building archetype descriptions within 10.2.1. are to be used to determine applicability of one or more of the following compliance paths:

  • ASHRAE (
  • NECB (
  • ZEBP (

The ZEBP path aligns with BC's Energy Step Code and uses the City of Vancouver Energy Modelling Guidelines while following NECB's Part 8 instructions for the proposed building's performance model.

All supporting documents for these paths can be accessed from the Tools and Reference Materials section at the bottom of this webpage.

Effective June 3, 2019, the Vancouver Building Bylaw requires the use of the energy standard ASHRAE 90.1-2016 or the energy code, National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) 2015, in place of ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or NECB 2011. These standards and codes have been implemented with conditions, but without additional addenda or errata.

VBBL Part 11 (Existing Buildings)

Energy checklists, tools, and reference materials