We are ready for new City of Vancouver rezoning requirements – are you?

As of May 1, the City of Vancouver will no longer be mandating LEED(R) for mid- and high-rise residential buildings for rezonings!

However, important new requirements take effect via the updated Green Building Policy for Rezoning.

Light House has been working closely with City staff to understand what these changes mean for the industry. We’ve summarized the requirements in one easy graphic for you (above).

What does this mean?

Developers and their design teams will need to decide at the start of their projects whether to pursue Passive House design, or to comply with the City’s 10 Low Emission Building requirements. Which should you choose? Each project will be different. Light House can help you with a pros-cons analysis upfront so you can make the right decision for your project.

Regardless of the path you take to a low emission building, the City will require the completion of certain calculations and or energy modeling, as well as supporting documentation, at EVERY stage of the development process. These requirements will be articulated in a pending Technical Bulletin. Drawing from conversations from the City, we have already scoped out what that looks like for either path. Building off our extensive experience shepherding projects through LEED(R), BuiltGreen, and other rating systems, as well as Joanne’s knowledge as a Certified Passive House consultant, Light House is poised to help the Vancouver industry navigate the new requirements immediately.

Want to learn more?

Give Joanne a call at 604.677.3126 ext 305 or email her at joanne@lhsbc.com. She would be happy to chat with you and/or to provide a proposal to help your project make from rezoning to occupancy as smoothly as possible!

You can also check out the City’s next info session Thursday April 27, 2:30-4:30PM at the Creekside Community Centre:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/update-on-green-buildings-policy-for-rezonings-session-2-tickets-33671066065