Published On: Fri, Jul 20th, 2018

Eco-Friendly Building is Hot Topic in Vancouver this Summer

On July 19th, the mayor of Vancouver, Mayor Gregor Robertson and various industry professionals, key leaders and partners in the renewable energy sector joined together to celebrate the long awaited opening of the innovative Zero Emissions Building Exchange at the Simon Fraser University Segal Building in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Known for short as ZEBx, the non-profit center was created to be both a physical and virtual space to support and encourage the design and construction of low-energy buildings in Vancouver and the surrounding areas. Specifically, the center will “increase knowledge, capacity and passion for cost-effective, attractive, low energy residential and commercial buildings… and empower builders, developers, architects and designers with the tools necessary to achieve their zero emissions targets,” explains the center’s website.

The opening of ZEBx comes in light of recent legislation passed in British Columbia, the Energy Step Code, in which all newly constructed residential and commercial buildings are mandated to have near zero emissions by the year 2032. Yet for Vancouver, already a leader in eco-friendly building initiatives, the requirement comes even earlier as the city must reach compliance to near zero emissions by 2025, and aims to becoming 100 percent renewably powered by 2050.

ZEBx will play an integral role and help in this transition by removing “barriers to zero emissions” by establishing and fostering a dedicated community, facilitating dialogue, making relevant content and information available, and by supporting renewable construction at every stage of the process. Said Christian Cianfrone, the Executive Director of ZEBx, “Zero emission buildings are the future of Canadian infrastructure, and provide healthy, liveable and affordable places to live, play and work.”

While Vancouver is at the forefront of the global initiative to become a green city by decreasing the significant amount of pollution currently emitted from building and construction, other cities and locations in Canada are making progress as well. In Toronto, for example, there is recently an increased demand for environmentally friendly and energy efficient windows and doors which are beneficial both to the environment and to the home owner’s wallet.

As public awareness spreads as to the various money saving and green options that are available to consumers, and as more and more legislation is passed, the demand for green construction is likely to increase and flourish.     

Author: Jacob Maslow

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