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Zero emissions buildings

We are working to have no operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all new buildings by 2030.

Find resources and tools to help you construct a zero emissions building.

Learn about our strategy to achieve renewable buildings.

Moving to zero emissions buildings

We are in position to move to zero emissions buildings. There is a strong network of green builders and designers who are keen to grow.

To advance the education and support for zero emissions building construction, the City will be moving forward with: 

  • Amendments to our bylaws, policies, and guidelines to incorporate zero emission building related rules 
  • Policies and guidelines to remove barriers and facilitate the development of zero emission buildings

How the plan may affect you

Using natural gas

Accounting for embodied energy

Achieving carbon neutrality

Green Buildings Policy for Rezonings

Rezoning policies

Vancouver’s Building Bylaw (VBBL)

Current energy requirements for large buildings and existing buildings

Energy efficiency updates for residential buildings under seven stories - Effective March 1, 2018

Proposed energy efficiency updates to high-rise residential and commercial buildings

Resources for building zero emissions buildings

Build a Passive House

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

Green building and renovating

Access guidelines, policies, grants, and resources about green building and renovating to lower your energy costs.

Neighbourhood Energy Strategy

The Neighbourhood Energy Strategy will help develop additional neighbourhood energy systems throughout Vancouver.

Neighborhood Energy Utility factsheet

We launched a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources.

Net-Zero Energy Housing

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation helps you meet your housing needs. Learn about Net-Zero Energy Housing.

Net Zero Home Labelling Program

CHBA provides you with a defined technical requirement that recognizes Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes.

Net-Zero Energy HousingNet Zero Home Labelling Program Neighborhood Energy Utility factsheet