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Green Buildings in Burnaby

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  • Council approves new requirements for Energy Step Code in Part 9 buildings, to come into effect September 1, 2019. Read more »
  • Rezoning requirements for large buildings take effect July 1, 2019. 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.

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Part 3 Compliance Requirements

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.

On June 10, 2019 Council approved green building requirements for Energy Step Code in new Part 9 residential buildings, which come into effect September 1, 2019. As of this date, new Building Permit applications will need to meet Step 1 of Energy Step Code, which require builders to engage an energy advisor early in the process, undertake energy modeling and air tightness testing. Additional administrative requirements also include an extra mid-construction 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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