Civic Green Building Policy

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Leading the Way with Green Civic Buildings

Cowichan Valley Regional District improved the energy efficiency of the Cowichan Centre by installing new chiller units. / UBCM.A Civic Green Building Policy embodies a commitment by the local government to constructing all new civic facilities to a certain level of performance or standard. It may also include criteria for undertaking retrofits of existing civic buildings.

A Green Building Policy can address building energy and emissions performance, and can also demonstrate the local government’s commitment to sustainability, and provide leadership and guidance to encourage the application of green building practices in private sector development.

Community Examples

Regional District of Nanaimo green building policy features an Integrated Design Process (IDP) as the foundation for all new RDN construction and major renovations.

City of Coquitlam Building GHG Reduction Approach: A total of 39 energy conservation measures have been implemented since 2008, reducing building GHG emissions by 899 tonnes or approximately 13% of total corporate emissions, while simultaneously reducing energy costs by $175,000 annually.

City of North Vancouver: Energy Efficient Buildings Initiative as created as a comprehensive effort to encourage more energy efficient buildings throughout the City of North Vancouver and includes policies and programs for both new and existing buildings. 

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