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Green Buildings in Burnaby

Green Buildings

Buildings are a significant source of carbon emissions in Burnaby.

To reach the City of Burnaby’s carbon reduction targets in 2030, 2040 and 2050, work is already underway to reduce these emissions, through the adoption of Provincial government Energy Step Code requirements. Building on this work, the City’s Climate Action Framework commits to charting a pathway to a Carbon Neutral Community, which will include a transition to net-zero emission new buildings and retrofits of existing buildings. 

Zero Emission Buildings: Net-Zero New

Today, Burnaby’s Green Building Policy requires new construction in Burnaby to comply with rules outlined in the BC Energy Step Code, which ensures energy efficiency in new construction above and beyond the requirements of the BC Building Code. In addition, the City has instituted measures to encourage low-carbon energy systems. Learn about specific Green Building Policy requirements for developers and builders in Burnaby.

Moving forward, the City will support the construction of net zero buildings by:

  • Pursuing innovative low-carbon construction methods including mass timber construction;
  • Exploring policies that support the creation of zero-emission neighbourhoods; and
  • Reducing the amount of construction and demolition materials going to landfill by establishing a robust Construction and Demolition (C&D) recycling program.

Zero Emission Buildings: Retrofits

Over the next three decades, retrofitting existing buildings will reduce our overall emissions by up to 34 per cent. That’s why the City of Burnaby is one of several Metro Vancouver municipalities participating the Building Benchmark BC program. Through this program, the City, as well as building owners and managers who opt in to the program, will receive detailed energy and carbon performance data in order to identify opportunities for operational efficiency improvements and retrofit projects.

Moving forward, the City will support building retrofits by:

  • Transitioning from heating permits to heating and cooling permits, with supporting heat pump education
  • Advancing low-carbon programs for existing commercial and multi-family buildings
  • Developing a city-wide Zero-Emissions (ZE) Building Retrofit Strategy

Burnaby’s Green Building Policy focuses on the following areas:

More resources about Green Buildings

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Burnaby’s Green Building Policy supports significant actions in This is Climate Action, a framework developed to guide how the City will put into action its commitment to be “carbon neutral” (no longer contributing to the carbon emissions that accelerate climate change) by 2050. Updates to the Green Building Policy will be used chart an accelerated pathway to net zero carbon emissions for new buildings as well as retrofits of existing buildings.