In 2017, the city of Vancouver announced their Renewable Action Plan, a multi-sector strategy to ensure that Vancouver derives all of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. This plan has set an interim target for 2030 to see carbon pollution reduced by 50% below 2007 levels and to derive 55% of the energy used in Vancouver from renewable sources.
According to the city’s Action Plan, 55% of the carbon pollution in the city comes from buildings (residential, commercial, and industrial) with another 41% coming from transportation. The remaining 4 percent comes from solid waste.
Because of this huge amount of carbon pollution coming from buildings, the city is targeting new outcomes that are expected in the coming decades. Such outcomes include new and existing buildings containing more energy-efficient walls and windows, insulation and heating equipment will be upgraded, and buildings will be more comfortable and healthier.
There will also be an increased push to encourage residents to choose healthy forms of transportation, such as transit, car-sharing, and more electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles. To reduce the solid waste, recycling and composting will become much more commonplace.
So how does this affect new homes built in the coming years? Very simply, home builders will have to become much more energy efficient in their planning and execution of any new houses and will have to keep these outcomes and goals in mind when talking with home buyers about what they will want and need in the new buildings.
Finding a home builder with experience designing and building energy-efficient homes will ensure that your dream home can meet and exceed these new guidelines. Clay Construction averages an 85 in the Energuide rating for the new homes they’re building, far exceeding what most home builders can achieve. They are a Net Zero Home Builder, so they build homes that produce as much energy as they consume. They are also a certified R2000 builder, which means they are experienced building homes that have superior energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and use environmentally responsible products and materials. If you want your new home exceeding Vancouver’s guidelines, contact Clay Construction.