This decade promises to be full of important change. Policy and regulatory changes, such as the Energy Step Code and initiatives to lower the embodied carbon impacts of buildings are at the forefront.
By 2032, all of BC’s new buildings will be required, by code, to be “Net-Zero Ready” – namely, an energy-efficient building that is “ready” for the addition of renewable energy. The end goal of this change is buildings that will only use the energy they can produce.
As the amount of energy needed to run a building is reduced, decreasing the amount of carbon needed to construct buildings will have elevated industry importance. This next step focuses on reducing the “Embodied Carbon and Energy” expended over a building’s lifetime, from material extraction to manufacturing, transportation, construction, maintenance, and onward to end-of-life disposal or reuse. Starting in 2023, BC is developing a Low Carbon Materials Strategy, which will investigate setting targets to decarbonize further and decrease Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emitted by our industry by 2030.