How can we reach our 2020
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How can we reach our 2020 Greenest City targets?

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  1. 8 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Super Insulate All Buildings

      Super Insulate All Buildings rather than spend on finding ways to heat inefficient existing building

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        2 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ease the bureaucracy for laneway homes in Van. Dense living where we work, play, shop! Less sprawl!

        Laneway homes are beautiful, sustainably designed, detached family or single life dwellings. They fit into areas with houses and neighbourhoods that already exist. They take the place of old poorly used garages or unused back gardens. Less freeway traffic to get to the city; less pressure on our agricultural land reserve; less urban sprawl out into the valley.

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          7 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Include energy costs in city & province-funded construction projects.

          Construction projects get graded based on how cheap they are. But that costing model doesn't include the total environmental impact of a project, such as the carbon released by removing old buildings, the ongoing energy cost of the structures, etc.

          The best way to get an environmentally conscious city is to put in economic incentives. Construction is a very high-impact area where the city can exert influence simply by changing the guidelines. A cheap, high-impact proposal.

          Other cities are already doing it, and from what I hear UBC is already doing it for their own projects.

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            1 comment  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • change building code to allow ventilated service areas

            Apartments and condos would have ventilated service areas, where people would be able to hang clothes on clotheslines, instead of using electrical driers all year long for drying any amount of clothing. Also, a tank with tap for manual washing of small loads of clothing will save water and will add up to hygiene.

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              0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Empower apartment residents to hang their laundry to dry

              Many strata and co-op buildings prohibit drying laundry on balconies or outside. Hanging to dry uses far less energy than using a dryer. Pass a by-law: prohibit the prohibition!

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                3 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Energy Retrofit Financing

                Provide low-cost financing for building and home owners to retrofit our built environment with energy efficient measures and technologies. Look towards PACE & On-bill structures and incorporate energy management software to database and report the savings to all invovled parties.

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                  2 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Encourage renovation of existing housing stock rather than demo and rebuild.

                  require new construction to be NET zero and help reduce single family house demolition. The greenest building is one that is already standing.

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                    8 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 9 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • City of Vancouver Eco bonds to help home and business owners with green upgrades.

                      ECO bonds are helping cities throughout the US with renewable energy and efficiency upgrades to their homes and businesses. By leveraging the lower borrowing rates of the city, Vancouver can help citizens get over the high up-front costs of green retrofits by deducting an additional amount from property taxes over a long term - say 20 years - period.

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                        0 comments  ·  Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Retrofit apartments to have individual control over radiator heating

                        Many low-rise apartment buildings are heated by radiators connected to a central boiler. In lots of these buildings, individual apartments do not have a thermostat or radiator control. Often the building is overheated in winter, with windows open and the boiler working even harder. Lobbies and hallways are also sweltering.

                        A City program could install valves on each radiator to give occupants individual control and reduce energy wastage. There would be a hugely beneficial return on investment in terms of reduced energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the city.

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