Fall 2022 provincial and territorial tiered energy code adoption landscape

Fall 2022 provincial and territorial tiered energy code adoption landscape

Ambitious action on the part of Canada’s sub-national governments will ensure that all stakeholders in the buildings sector — including governments, industry and the workforce — have a clear and stable regulatory path forward, one that allows them to plan for future code requirements while investing in Canada’s net-zero future.

Cutting emissions in the buildings sector through Canada’s national model codes

Cutting emissions in the buildings sector through Canada’s national model codes

Supported by the sector, a national model code objective has been put forward that recognizes the impact of operational and embodied carbon emissions throughout the buildings’ lifecycle. This change could open the door for building code provisions that limit or reduce emissions from building operations as well as construction materials.

What the new Federal Green Building Strategy could look like (part one)

What the new Federal Green Building Strategy could look like (part one)

By establishing “net-zero emissions” as the goal of the Green Building Strategy the federal government will need to lead a process of structural change towards that end state. That means defining the building standards and policies that are needed to reach net-zero and forging coalitions of provinces, municipalities, utilities, businesses etc. taking actions consistent with that goal. A net-zero framework therefore contrasts with previous strategies that focused on incremental emission reductions and efficiency improvements, and relied upon achieving consensus amongst provinces and territories.

Ontario’s approach to tiered code adoption highlights the need for federal supports

Ontario’s approach to tiered code adoption highlights the need for federal supports

In this blog, we dig into the intent of the 2020 model building codes, how Ontario is adopting and harmonizing their approach, and what it can teach us about how model code adoption may be applied in other provinces. The conclusion is that the federal government needs to take action to accelerate commitments to net-zero buildings. To reach these commitments, citizens concerned about climate change also need to raise their voices.

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