Low Carbon High Performance Buildings

Vision

By 2050, Victoria will be home to efficient, renewably powered, high-performance buildings. Building design, operations and management will have evolved to deliver more sophisticated, comfortable, healthier, low carbon buildings, with far lower energy needs. Local industries will be recognized leaders in sustainable, high-performance building design and construction.

The Challenge

The energy we all use to heat, power, and cool our homes and buildings makes up over half of the city’s total GHG emissions. At home, space heating accounts for half of our energy consumption, while another quarter of energy is used to heat water. Many buildings rely on oil and natural gas and that is where most of these GHG emissions come from.

On top of that, Victoria has an aging building stock, with more than 70 percent built prior to 1980. Older buildings are often inefficient, losing heat through walls, windows, attics, and more.

The Plan

Reducing GHGs in our homes and buildings will mean reducing energy use, increasing energy efficiency, and replacing high carbon fuels like oil with low carbon, or renewable energy alternatives. It will also mean breaking down barriers (like making energy use more visible and providing access to better energy options) so that community members and businesses are empowered to make change and reduce their building related emissions.

Read more about the plan to reduce building related GHGs in the Climate Leadership Plan [PDF - 4.9 MB] on page 24

What are the City’s Goals for Buildings?

Goal 1: All buildings are highly efficient

By 2030, all new buildings are ‘net-zero energy ready.’

By 2050, all existing buildings meet new high efficiency standards.

Goal 2: All buildings are powered by renewable energy

By 2030, heating oil is phased out.

By 2050, all buildings exclusively use renewable energy.

What can I do?

There are many ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our homes and workspaces by conserving energy, fuel-switching, improving insulation and getting an EnerGuide evaluation.  Here are some ideas to start today, or plan for tomorrow.

Today:

  • Book an EnerGuide Home Evaluation to get a customized roadmap for how to reduce your energy consumption and your utility bills.
  • Make simple changes to reduce your energy consumption (like unplugging unused electronics)
  • Install low-flow water fixtures to save energy and water
  • Air-seal your home to reduce drafts and improve overall efficiency

Tomorrow:

  • Access available rebates for various home energy upgrades to make life more affordable and your home more comfortable. Find out more
  • Improve your home’s insulation to keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer
  • Replace your fossil fuel heating system with an air source heat pump for year-round comfort and to limit your home’s GHG emissions. Find out more
  • Replace old appliances with energy efficient ones to reduce your energy consumption (look for Energy Star certified labels)