City of North Vancouver raises building standards to combat GHG emissions


North Shore News

Thu, 10/12/2017
New homes in the City of North Vancouver are slated to be a little more expensive and a lot more efficient.
City council unanimously endorsed new construction guidelines in accordance with the B.C. Energy Step Code at an Oct. 2 meeting. The change is slated to come into effect as of Dec. 15.
“That’s the way the world has to go,” pronounced Coun. Rod Clark. “Otherwise, we’re just going to keep pumping out (greenhouse gas emissions), and the climate’s going to heat up and eventually we’ll all be toast.”
Mayor Darrell Mussatto agreed. “It’s the right thing to do. It’s the right time to do it.”
The more stringent standards are designed to make new homes 10 per cent more energy efficient by July 1, 2018. For homes that exceed 1,200 square feet, construction costs are expected to rise by as much as 0.9 per cent, according to a city staff report. For smaller homes the hop in capital costs is anticipated to be 0.4 per cent.
The standards don’t yet apply to civic buildings, hospitals, schools or rec centres, much to the chagrin of Coun. Linda Buchanan. “I think those need to come online sooner than later,” she said, emphasizing the high costs of retrofitting a building “after the fact.”
The new building code focuses on “quality assurance rather than new technologies,” according to a city staff report.