Resources for Buildings Sector

Organization Resource
ASHRAE BC ASHRAE Building Sustainability & Resilience Guide
This Guide was developed with the intent of providing readers with an overview of mitigation, adaptation, and resilience strategies for building mechanical systems. Applicable to both new and existing buildings.
BC Health Authorities Working Group Climate Resilience Guidelines for BC Health Facility Planning & Design
The purpose of the Climate Resilience Guidelines for Health Facility Planning and Design is to better enable the planning and design of new health facilities that are equipped to deal with the present and increasing challenges of climate change, including extreme heat and humidity, air quality impacts, flooding and extreme events. These guidelines are intended to provide a roadmap for the Health Authorities, project Design Teams and other health system stakeholders as they navigate this transition.
BC Housing Mobilizing Building Adaptation and Resilience Project
Through facilitating and piloting sustainable and resilient design and renovation of buildings, the Mobilizing Building Adaptation and Resilience (MBAR) Project aims to stabilize communities in a natural disaster. The link below contains useful design discussion primers for various issues to consider when planning and designing developments.

Modelling the Future Climate in Passively Cooled Buildings
This BC Housing Builder Insight bulletin provides an overview of how designers can improve building resilience by considering the risk of overheating as described by the BC Energy Step Code for applicable projects.
City of Boston Zero Emissions Buildings Guidebook
This guidebook is designed to be accessible to all parties involved in the planning, design, and construction of affordable housing in the City of Boston. It utilizes case studies as a reference for how real ZEB projects have achieved this standard at no net or minimal cost increase.
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.
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 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.

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.
Canadian Architect Magazine Embodied Carbon: The Blindspot of the Buildings Industry
The term “embodied carbon” refers to the carbon footprint associated with building materials, from cradle to grave. Using the scientific method known as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), we can quantify the environmental impacts associated with all of the construction materials used over a building’s lifespan. This article published in Canadian Architect magazine highlights why embodied carbon matters, the certifications, regulations, and voluntary incentive systems that address embodied carbon and its role in reducing building sector related emissions.
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.
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.
IStructE UK Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Guidance on How to Calculate Embodied Carbon
This guidance will help inform structural engineers, and the professionals with whom they collaborate, about ways they can move towards net zero carbon design. Guide covers, life cycle stages and modules, terminology, minimum scope of calculation, carbon conversion factors, and environmental product declarations. This guide seeks to reduce sources of uncertainty and reduce climate impacts through widespread measurement and open reporting of calculations.
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.
Open Green Building Society 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.
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.
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.
Perkins+Will Thermally Broken Balconies: Alternative Strategies for Low Carbon Buildings
This design guide developed with funding from BC Housing aims to distill the available information and overlay architectural guidance on balcony thermal bridging strategies with the goal of providing designers options for effective balcony design. This will ensure practitioners are in a position to design and construct buildings with lower operational carbon footprints and meet increasingly stringent energy performance targets while achieving their architectural and design intent.
Province of British Columbia 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.

2020 BC Best Practices Methodology For Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions
This document sets out the current best practices for quantifying and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from BC’s provincial public sector organizations, local governments, and communities.
University of British Columbia UBC’s Designing Climate Resilient Multifamily Buildings Report
The primary objective of this study is to assess the implications of increasing outdoor air temperatures due to climate change on the thermal comfort of multifamily residential buildings in the Lower Mainland, and to identify cost-effective design measures that will maintain thermal comfort under future climate conditions.

In addition, future climate weather files for energy modeling of Part 3 buildings have been prepared by Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, which can be accessed below.

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium: Weather Files
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.
Vancouver Coastal Health The Moving Towards Climate Resilient Health Facilities report by Lower Mainland Facilities Management (organization, providing services for Fraser Health, Providence Health Care, the Provincial Health Services Authority, and Vancouver Coastal Health) highlights key opportunities to reduce risks and increase resilience of health facilities. Technical appendix which provides future climate data relevant to development of design criteria for building systems.
Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) ZEBx Resources
ZEBx is a non-profit organization created by the City of Vancouver to support the adoption of the City of Vancouver's Zero Emissions Building Plan. It also helps advance British Columbia's BC Energy Step Code. ZEBx is dedicated to supporting the industry through the transition to net-zero, acting as a catalyst that transforms the entire design and construction value chain towards cost-effective, attractive, zero emission buildings.