April 21: Planned Outage of Websites and Online Services for Maintenance

Posted April 20, 2019

On Sunday, April 21 from 2:00 AM to 11:00 AM, the City's websites and online services will be unavailable for short durations while system maintenance is performed. We thank you for your patience.

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Green Buildings in Burnaby

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Council approves proposed approach for green building requirements for Part 9 residential buildings, for stakeholder consultation. Read more »

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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  for applicable Part 3 buildings issued after February 11, 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 and GHG limits, as of July 1, 2019. Rezoning projects that have received Second Reading prior to this date are exempted but encouraged to comply, if feasible.  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

Buildings with residential occupancies, that are three storeys or less in height and have a building area of less than 600 m² are considered Part 9 residential buildings, for example single family homes, duplexes, townhomes, rowhouses and small apartments.

A proposed approach for Energy Step Code for Part 9 buildings was approved by Council on April 8, 2019, subject to stakeholder consultation. The proposed approach is for Step 1 to be required for new Building Permits issued after September 1, 2019. Higher step(s) will likely be required after about one year’s time allowing builders to become familiar with new practices including energy modeling and air tightness testing. Additional administrative requirements proposed for September 1, 2019 include a mid-stage air tightness test and building energy labelling.

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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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