Local governments are taking action on climate change, but we all need to do more. We recognize that it takes the actions of many to accelerate our response on climate change -- to both prepare for and adapt to the changes we won't avoid, and to lower our GHG emissions. This website provides just some examples of community initiatives in this region and further around the world.
BC Housing’s Learning Centre offers a wide range of education and Continuing Professional Development opportunities for builders and others in the housing sector including workshops, research and publications on the key challenges in building and operating affordable, sustainable housing.
ZEBx is a collaborative platform that strengthens the public, private and civic capacities for zero emission buildings in Vancouver and British Columbia. It is hosted by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society.
BC Energy Step Code
The BC Energy Step Code is a voluntary provincial standard that provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that go beyond the requirements of the base BC Building Code. It does so by establishing a series of measurable, performance-based energy-efficiency requirements for construction that builders can choose to build to, and communities may voluntarily choose to adopt in bylaws and policies.
- Utility Incentives
BC Hydro and
Fortis BC offer incentives for home owners and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. Some energy efficiency improvements also have the benefit of improving the thermal comfort of buildings (i.e., warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer) and/or the indoor air quality through better ventilation systems.
Climate Smart helps businesses and non-profits learn how to measure and reduce their carbon footprints. They work with small and medium-sized businesses, providing training and user-friendly web-based software to measure GHG emissions and plan to reduce emissions.
Flood Hazard Area Land Use Management Guidelines
The Province of BC recently updated its Flood Hazard Area Land Use Management Guidelines. The updated guidelines incorporate sea level rise into the determination of building setbacks and flood construction levels in coastal areas.
National and Global Initiatives
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11
Sustainable Development Goal 11 is to "Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable."
Passive House Canada
Passive House Canada is a national non-profit professional association advocating for the Passive House high-performance building standard.
Architecture 2030's mission is to rapidly transform the global built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate crisis. Architecture 2030 pursues two primary objectives:
- To achieve a dramatic reduction in the energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the built environment; and,
- To advance the development of sustainable, resilient, equitable, and carbon-neutral buildings and communities.