Thursday, May 19, 2022

Filling in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Gap for Large Existing Buildings

Older Building

Buildings are responsible for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions in Metro Vancouver. The Metro Vancouver Regional district's overall goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030, achieve a carbon-neutral region by 2050, and improve the overall ambient air quality. For this to happen, our current buildings must be retrofitted and newer buildings constructed in a way that further reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

While the BC government has solid greenhouse gas reduction policies, laws, and regulations for new construction, there are no policies or requirements for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for existing buildings.

The Metro Vancouver Regional District is proposing to help fill in that gap regarding existing buildings. Its first step is to look at office, retail, and residential buildings larger than 25,000 sq. ft.

Taking a whole building approach to increase efficiency and reduce GHG emissions. Source: Metro Vancouver.

The first phase of filling in the policy gap is reaching out to large building owners to understand the challenges they face in upgrading buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The regional district's goal is to create a phased policy approach requiring increasingly stringent greenhouse gas emissions targets for exiting large buildings.

Please read "Potential Approachers for Managing Greenhouse Gas Emission from Larger Buildings in Metro Vancouver." This start on page 17 of the May 13th Metro Vancouver Regional District Climate Action Committee Agenda.

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