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Green building, renovating, and landscaping resources

To help reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020, Council requires that your home renovation projects include green design and efficient energy updates.

We have developed a number of resources, including green home renovation guides, that will help you incorporate sustainability features into your home renovation project, and create a home that:

  • Is healthy
  • Is easy on the environment
  • Saves you money

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

Green home renovation guides

The City will soon revise the Vancouver building bylaw to include new sustainability requirements for all home renovations. 

To help you start thinking green now, we have produced a series of green renovation guides.

The Green Home Renovation Guide series covers common remodeling topics, giving helpful hints on materials and strategies to create a home that's healthy, saves money, and is easy on the environment.

Get the guides

Waterwise landscape guidelines

Many urban landscapes require large amounts of water, chemicals, and ongoing maintenance to look their best.

At the same time, these landscapes often have large, unplanted surfaces that do not absorb water (such as concrete sidewalks).

These landscapes put a strain on the city's drainage infrastructure, threaten the quality and availability of our water, and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

Benefits of waterwise landscaping

Vancouver's waterwise landscape guidelines

Build a Passive House

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

Energy-efficiency requirements and resources for new homes

All homes must be designed for energy efficiency. Learn how to comply with the Vancouver Building Bylaw for your new home up to 6 storeys.

Water restrictions

Watering restrictions begin May 1. Find out when you can water your lawn, how to get an exemption, and why they are in place.

Solar photovoltaic panels

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

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

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