Vancouver, the self-styled “world’s greenest city” has built Canada’s largest passive house. It’s all part of an effort to combat a severe and pioneer a new pathway to zero emission buildings. That’s great because buildings account for 25 per cent of all carbon emissions worldwide.
Vancouver even has a Greenest City Action Plan and is working on a Zero Emissions Housing Plan. Vancouver is a coastal city and Sean Pander, Vancouver’s green buildings manager acknowledges this reality.
“We’ve got sea level rise, and we recognize that we’re one of those cities that’s going to live with the impact. With the fisheries and the changing water temperatures, the impacts are real, we’re starting to feel them here right now.”
“In Vancouver we’re looking to have all new buildings achieve zero emissions by the year 2030.”