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In July 2016, Vancouver City Council approved the Zero Emissions Building (“ZEB”) Plan, which lays out a phased approach to combat and reduce carbon pollution in Vancouver, by transitioning to zero emissions for most new building types by the year 2030.


The road to zero emissions will follow a phased approached. As expertise, technology and high-performance building components continue to advance and improve, it will be possible to reach zero emissions, but for now, encouraging projects that will reach “near zero emissions” is a good stepping stone, one that is promoted and supported by this initiative.


More specifically, this Near Zero Emissions Building (NZEB) research project targets the following 4 objectives:

  • Identify the challenges, design solutions and construction innovations associated with NZEB homes;
  • Gather data on construction costs, utility savings and operational performance; and
  • Catalyze increased NZEB building development and associated knowledge sharing; and
  • Assist the design professional by partially offsetting some design costs related to developing a NZEB home.


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