Article Courtesy of The City of Vancouver
Zero Emissions Heating and Hot Water
By 2030, new buildings will be constructed with lower carbon materials
Over three quarters of carbon pollution from operating a building can be almost eliminated by switching from natural gas to electricity or renewable natural gas for space and water heating.
In many cases, this involves first reducing energy use by adding insulation, better windows, or improving air-tightness – making the space less drafty and more comfortable. Then switching from a natural gas system to an electric heat pump, which are typically around 300% efficient and can provide both heating and cooling during our increasingly hot summers.
Making it happen
To ensure we meet our target, we’ll:
1. Set carbon pollution limits and streamline regulations
2. Build industry capacity
3. Support early owner action
4. Facilitate access to renewable energy
What this all means
As we shift to more climate friendly buildings in Vancouver, here are a few on things you’ll notice:
1. A thriving local renovation economy, with attractive employment opportunities for HVAC technicians, plumbers, insulators, and other skilled trades
2. Additional resources and incentives to help with low-carbon renovations.
3. Improved indoor air quality in renovated buildings, which is better for your health especially during smoke events
Buildings that are cooler in the summer and more comfortable in the winter as heat pumps provide year-round conditioned air in all building types