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Green Building Policy in Burnaby

Burnaby’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) and Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) support improving the environmental performance of new buildings, including improving energy efficiency and using low-carbon energy systems. The provincial government also recently introduced a framework for energy performance (Energy Step Code) that local governments can adopt. Making buildings more energy efficient can also improve comfort and health, and result in lower energy bills, for building occupants and owners.

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

New Large (Part 3) Buildings

Buildings over three storeys or 600m2 in footprint, including those with residential, business, personal services and mercantile occupancies, are considered Part 3 buildings. On 2018 November 19, Council approved new requirements for new Part 3 buildings. Energy modeling and air tightness testing (Step 1 in the Energy Step Code) will apply to all new Building Permits issued for applicable Part 3 buildings, pending a Building Bylaw amendment in early 2019. For projects seeking rezoning, buildings will also be required to meet Step 3 of the Energy Step Code, or Step 2 with a low-carbon energy system, as of July 1, 2019. Read the Council Report for more details on these new requirements. Further updates and resources supporting implementation of these requirements will be posted on this page as they are developed.

New Small (Part 9) Residential Buildings

Single family homes, duplexes, townhomes, rowhouses and small apartments 3 storeys and under, are considered Part 9 residential buildings. City staff are working on developing proposed requirements for Energy Step Code for these types of buildings, and consultation with stakeholders will likely take place in early 2019. Check this website for updates and opportunities to provide feedback.

New City Buildings

As outlined in the 2018 Council Report, new civic facility buildings will aim to demonstrate leadership in energy efficiency, GHG emissions and other green building opportunities, consistent with Council’s direction in the ESS and CEEP. Buildings will be designed to meet the Energy Step Code where applicable, and for building types without defined energy efficiency standards, an appropriate project-specific standard and approach will be developed.

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