Northeast False Creek will build on the legacy of Southeast False Creek, a neighbourhood designed to push the envelope for sustainable development in Vancouver.
Since the construction of Southeast False Creek, we have continued advancing on sustainability by setting the goal of being the greenest city in the world.
- New developments must be built to protect homes and critical infrastructure from future flooding events due to climate change and rising sea levels. Recently, Council approved an increase to the required elevation of new developments by an additional meter over previous levels
- A continuous line of flood protection will extend across the site
- Strive for exceptional sustainable building design that includes features like green roofs, connections to neighbourhood renewable energy systems, and so on
- Create significant new areas of shoreline
Strategies for achieving zero emissions new buildings were developed specifically to ensure comfortable and healthy indoor environments, maximize local economic development, ensure long-term building resilience, and protect housing affordability.
The ambitious Zero Emission Building Plan adopted by Council in July 2016 set a target to reduce emissions from new buildings by 90% as compared to 2007 by 2025 and to achieve zero emissions for all new buildings by 2030. The existing Rezoning Policy for Green Buildings will be revised in 2016 along with the Vancouver Building Bylaw to move towards targets established in the Zero Emission Building Plan. Targets applicable to buildings in NEFC area are those set for buildings connected to a renewable neighbourhood energy system.
City owned buildings are to be Certified to the Passive House standard or alternate zero emission building standard, and use only low carbon fuel sources, in lieu of certifying to LEED Gold, where feasible.
Adapting to climate change
Northeast False Creek is identified as an area which is subject to flood construction level (FCL) requirements to prepare for future sea level rise.
Some of this protection planning could include:
- Buildings being raised to prepare for an increased flood plain
- Seawall design
- Naturalization of the shoreline
Northeast False Creek has been identified as a location for a new renewable neighbourhood energy system. The west side is currently connected to the Central Heat System, which is working on transitioning to renewable energy. We are working to transition the remainder of the area to a new neighbourhood energy system provided by Creative Energy.