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Efficiency Canada’s report Regulating Energy and Emissions in Existing Buildings: A Primer for Canadian Municipalities offers municipalities and policymakers insights into the role existing buildings are expected to play in meeting Canada’s decarbonization goals. It highlights two unique tools to regulate retrofit activity in existing buildings: the Alterations to Existing Buildings code (AEB) and Mandatory Building Performance Standards (MBPS).
We created this model bylaw template to reduce the burden on local government and municipal staff designing an emission- or energy-based Mandatory Performance Standard. Jurisdictions should use this bylaw as a starting point and customize the content to meet the needs and priorities of the municipality.
This report was funded by the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) network. We would like to thank the LC3 network’s advisory group and other building practitioners and policymakers who provided insights and perspectives on what Canadian municipalities need to know to ensure it is best tailored to municipal needs and they are better prepared for the net-zero emissions building code—which is expected to be available by 2025.