Climate Change

Policy Tools for Low-Energy and Emission Buildings

Community Energy Association, Efficiency Canada, and the Environmental Law Centre will explore regulatory and incentive structures Edmonton can use to reduce emissions in new construction in the city of Edmonton. The project builds off the recommendations in the City’s Evaluation of Sustainable Development Goals Report which directs the City to: "Develop a strategic plan with incremental targets to reduce emissions in new buildings and to more effectively enforce/incent sustainable design through associated policy and regulations" and will explore policies such as incorporating density/Floor Area Ratio (FAR) bonus policy into the rezoning process, the use of Green Development Standards, and Green Building Rezoning Policies as possible tools for to dramatically reduce emissions in new construction. 

The project will address various challenges and barriers to implementing the suggested policies and will also address some common challenges and misconceptions regarding low carbon construction.