How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

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    2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) in Southeast False Creek provides space heating and domestic hot water to new buildings in the area. The system uses sewage heat recovery to supply most of the annual energy demand (70%). This approach is being considered in other areas. Read more here: http://vancouver.ca/sustainability/building_neu.htm

    Metro Vancouver is also exploring opportunities to generate energy from liquid waste. See also: http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/publications/Publications/ILWRMP.pdf

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    2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    AdminCOVSustainableDevel (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Pleased to report that as of September 2010 the City is partnering on a home weatherization pilot program. Through a partnership with a DTES not-for-profit, a crew of under-employed people were trained in residential air sealing. For the pilot, the crew will air seal 40 homes and test the before and after air-leakage rates, and corresponding energy efficiency improvement that results from the work. The results of testing the 40 pilot homes will prove the ongoing value of air sealing services in Vancouver. The program will provide training to unemployed citizens, create new green jobs, help build a case for weatherization incentives, and reduce the GHGs associated with homes in Vancouver.

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    2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    AdminCOVSustainableDevel (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Important issue: floor to ceiling windows contribute significantly to heat loss in buildings (and excessive heat gain during the summer months). LB has the right idea. The City is looking at passive design guidelines and energy performance targets: strategies that will allow flexibility for designers to meet the energy performance requirements (and yes, likely rule out floor to ceiling windows)!

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    AdminCOVSustainableDevel (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Our current Green Homes Program is designed so that all new homes achieve Energuide 80 ... Watch for Green Homes Program 2.0 - we'll aim higher!

    http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/cbofficial/greenbuildings/greenhomes/index.htm

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    2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    AdminCOVSustainableDevel (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    There is $3,500 available for solar hot water systems for homes currently under construction http://vancouver.ca/sustainability/SolarHomes.htm and $2000 for existing homes http://www.solarbc.ca/install/households

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    3 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    AdminCOVSustainableDevel (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    Have you seen the City's Passive Design Toolkits? These offer best practices for designing buildings that respond to our local climate, take advantage of passive lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation and rely less on mechanical HVAC systems. http://vancouver.ca/sustainability/PassiveDesignGuidelines.htm

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    8 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Green existing buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    AdminCOVSustainableDevel (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    The City of Vancouver Sustainability Group is currently working on adding energy efficiency upgrade requirements for people who are renovating their homes. The required upgrades are meant to offer the most 'bang for your buck' - meaning they are relatively cheap and simple to implement (even do-it-yourself) and offer energy use reductions and savings on utility bills. This will likely be enacted in 2011.

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    6 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Build carbon neutral new buildings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Vancouver’s Solar Homes Pilot is offering $4300 towards the cost of solar hot water systems in Vancouver – this is roughly 50 per cent of the cost of a system. The funding is available to 30 homes on a first come, first served basis. In order to qualify for the rebate, your system must be installed by December 31, 2010.

    Beginning January 1, 2011, we will be offering $3,000 towards the cost of a qualifying system. Systems must be installed by February 15, 2011.

    Will consider extension of program to other areas/technologies.

    Details here: http://vancouver.ca/sustainability/SolarHomes.htm

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    AdminCOVSustainableDevel (Admin, CG2020) commented  · 

    There is an incentive for solar hot water in place: this year the City of Vancouver, SolarBC, Terasen and Offsetters are offering a $3,500 incentive for putting solar on new homes. We hope to make the funding available to existing homes in the near future - check it out at http://vancouver.ca/sustainability/SolarHomes.htm

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    10 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The Draft Greenest City Action Plan includes an action to develop a building deconstruction policy. The City is piloting a building deconstruction project and is exploring options for an incentive program to encourage deconstruction.

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