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On Moving to Higher Energy Standards

Since January 1, 2011, Zoning Amendment Bylaws 8097 and 8122 have been ensuring that ASHRAE 90.1-2007 and EnerGuide 80 energy performance standards are being met, or in many cases exceeded by law. These zoning amendments successfully raised the energy standards of new construction in the City.

As green buildings technology and energy standards continue to evolve, higher energy efficiency is becoming more achievable and cost-effective. The new standards developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE 90.1-2010) and Natural Resources Canada (the National Energy Code for Buildings, NECB-2011) are two higher energy standards for industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings, and residential buildings over four storeys (also known as "Part 3 Buildings" in the BC Building Code). The City’s Density Bonusing Program has been updated by adopting these newer standards to further contribute to the City’s commitments to sustainability and reaching community-wide greenhouse gas reductions targets. (Bylaw 8307, which has replaced Bylaw 8097 and is applicable for all Building Permits on Part 3 buildings received on or after December 20, 2013.)

Residential buildings four storeys and under, known as "Part 9 buildings" in the BC Building Code, are dealt with separately under the Code. A potential update to their energy standard requirement will be addressed in the future.

Public Consultation Period

The City consulted with the public and industry stakeholders regarding the potential adoption of higher energy standards. Opportunities for public comment are listed below:

  • Public Information Session: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 4pm to 7pm at City Hall
  • Online Survey (February 1, 2013 to March 10, 2013): the survey is now closed. Thank you for your feedback. 
  • Paper Survey (February 1, 2013 to March 10, 2013): the survey is now closed. Thank you for your feedback.



The public consultation period (February 1, 2013 to March 10, 2013) is now closed. Thank you for your feedback. If you have any questions regarding the City's proposal to move to higher energy standards for buildings, please contact City Staff (Winnie Yip, Research Assistant) at or 604-982-3943.

Upon considering the results of the consultation and the proposed Zoning Amendment, Council adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 8307 on June 24, 2013. As a result of the amendment, all new construction of Institutional, Commercial, Industrial, and Mixed-Use Buildings, as well as Residential Buildings above 4 storeys applying for building permits on or after December 20, 2013 are subject to the new requirements of meeting either the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or the NECB-2011 energy standards (also required by the BC Building Code), as well as submitting the related CNV verification requirements. For more information about the verification requirements, please check the Post-December 20, 2013 Energy Verification Submission for Part 3 Buildings

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