This Green House II follows up on the 2011 research on residential energy retrofit financing. The updated report is about opening the door for local government leadership on home retrofits through minor changes in local improvement charge legislation. Since buildings contribute as much as 30% of community greenhouse gas emissions this represents a huge opportunity.
In 2015, REFBC initiated a multi-phase research study on the state of built environment sustainability in BC. Research was conducted on the current status, trends, drivers and barriers to built environment sustainability in BC.
The Path to “Net-Zero Energy” Buildings in B.C. describes the environmental and economic case for a deep efficiency pathway, reviews some of the targets and policies adopted in leading jurisdictions, and then articulates ten key policies to get to “net-zero ready”.
Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze and Maximilian Kniewasser