Municipal Green Building Programs
Leading the Way to Greener Buildings
The Green Building Leaders Project brings together local governments, developers, home-owners, real estate agents, contractors, utilities, environmental organizations and the provincial government to work collaboratively on the design and implementation of new green building policies.
The Green Building Leaders project is an opportunity for leading local governments to develop, test and adopt progressive green building regulations that will help their communities reduce energy use and emissions while setting the stage for broader change in the province.
Home energy labelling
In 2012, three stakeholder workshops provided feedback on initial program design of labelling for new and existing homes, and we produced a Home Energy Labelling report and webinar.
Following that work, we recommended that home energy labeling begin with new construction.
In 2013, we developed building bylaw amendments to require energy audits and labelling as part of building permitting. Our report includes FAQs about implementing a home energy labelling program and our fact sheet provides a snapshot overview.
Joint letter to the province
- Continue and expand home retrofit rebate and financing programs
- Develop a comprehensive suite of opt-in regulations to standardize and expedite green building regulations for local government
- Explore home energy labelling
- Engage in smart Building Code modernization
Together, these actions would help B.C. lead the way to the greenest building industry in North America. See the Pembina Institute letter with eight local government signatories, and the responses from Minister Bennett and Minister Coleman.
In 2013, we designed Community Energy Workshop materials for citizen engagement on neighbourhood planning and design around land use, energy and quality of life. Based on prior work for the Greenest City Conversations Project at UBC, we produced materials for smaller communities, available for use under a Creative Commons license.
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