City of Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Policy


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Moving Towards Carbon Neutral New Construction in Vancouver

Our research and planning and energy modeling teams supported the City of Vancouver’s Carbon Neutral Buildings Strategy by modeling a path toward achieving carbon neutral building construction. This included

  • researching best practices,
  • analyzing passive and active strategies to achieve increasingly high performance buildings,
  • identifying interim performance targets leading up to carbon neutrality, and
  • conducting a comparative analysis of all approaches from a capital and life-cycle costing perspective.

Based on the findings we proposed a way forward for adoption and implementation of incremental performance targets to be incorporated into the City of Vancouver’s policy tools and bylaws where applicable, including integration of prescriptive design requirements, a standardized approach to modeling, and compliance and enforcement for all of the relevant building types.

Partners: Morrison Hershfield

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