Resources for Buildings Sector

City of Toronto

Zero Emissions Buildings Framework

The framework comprises a full set of targets for the five most common building archetypes that require increasing levels of performance over time. The framework also includes an updated set of Energy Modelling Guidelines to clarify key inputs and methods of calculating energy performance, help support applicants achieve compliance, and improve consistency between buildings.

Zero Emissions Buildings Framework Report

City of Vancouver

Energy Modelling Guidelines

The City of Vancouver Energy Modelling Guidelines provide clarity on energy modelling inputs for the purposes of showing compliance with the Performance Limits, as established in the updated Green Buildings Policy for Rezonings, and Vancouver’s Building Bylaw.

Energy Modelling Guidelines

Energy Requirements, Forms, and Checklists

As part of the City's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, City of Vancouver requires all new larger buildings – specifically, buildings classified in the Vancouver Building Bylaw as Part 3 and Part 9 non-residential buildings – to be designed to strict energy standards. This resource provides the City’s energy requirements, forms, and checklists for large and retail/commercial buildings.

Energy Requirements, Forms, and Checklists

Zero Emissions Building Plan

This Plan lays out four action strategies to require the majority of new buildings in Vancouver to have no operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and that all new buildings have no greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Zero Emissions Building Plan

Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Office Building Air-Tightness Test Report

This report documents the results of the whole-building air-tightness testing conducted on the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia office building, located at 4010 Regent St, Burnaby, BC. The report shows the results of the air-leakage test and indicates the level of effort and details around what an air tightness test involves.

Air-Tightness Test Report

Energy, Kresge, and Barr Foundations

Voluntary Resilience Standards

An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the market for practitioners and property owners, suggest next steps to support market growth and development, and inform decision making for funders and policy makers.

Voluntary Resilience Standards Report

NRGH PIEVC Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

A climate change vulnerability assessment was conducted for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) using the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) protocol. The assessment evaluated the risks from the new vulnerabilities caused by climate change, as projected from climate models out to the year 2050. By considering future projections of BC Building Code referenced climate parameters, this study applied interpreted climate model data to come up with identification of infrastructure most vulnerable to climate change and design recommendations for adaptation.

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Open Green Building Society

Building Pathfinder

Building PathFinder leverages whole building energy modelling in an intuitive interface to educate designers, developers, planners and others on the implications of building design on energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and other metrics. Building PathFinder currently includes the exploration of a multi-unit residential in Vancouver, BC, with a focus on metrics in relation to the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan and the BC Energy Step Code.

Building PathFinder

Passive House Canada

Passive House Canada is a national non-profit professional association advocating for the Passive House high-performance building standard. Passive House is recognized internationally as the proven best way to build for comfort, affordability and energy efficiency of residential, institutional and commercial buildings, through all stages of design, construction, and livability.

Passive House Canada

Pembina Institute and The Atmospheric Fund

Energy Regulations for Existing Buildings

Discussion Paper

The paper identifies key opportunities and challenges for the federal government to consider as it works with the provinces to create and implement a strategy for existing buildings. The paper points out that an ambitious and clear pathway set through building codes and regulations is essential for deep emissions reductions.

Energy Regulations for Existing Buildings

Province of British Columbia

BC Energy Step Code

The BC Energy Step Code is a voluntary provincial standard enacted in April 2017 that provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that go beyond the requirements of the base BC Building Code. The BC Energy Step Code provides local governments with another tool to achieve their policy objectives, while also providing the construction industry with a single set of consistent standards for energy efficiency across British Columbia.

Energy Step Code

University of Toronto

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

MURB Design Guide

The MURB Design Guide has a number of resources, including MURBs and Resilience and Resilient Building Design. It also contains design strategies for adaptation and info on designing buildings as systems.

MURB Design Guide