Goal: By 2030, all new buildings achieve the top step in B.C.’s Energy Step Code, use only low carbon heating systems, and embodied carbon emissions drop by 40%.
While buildings that already exist today will be responsible for the vast majority of building sector emissions by 2030, it is still important to build new buildings to a high energy and climate standard. Local governments have greater authority for how new construction is developed. And many newly constructed buildings will still be around far beyond mid-century, when Whistler must be near zero emissions.
Whistler has shown early leadership by requiring highly energy efficient buildings. In 2019, Whistler adopted Energy Step Code level 3 to 4 for Part 93 buildings, higher than most other communities in B.C. and Canada. Moving forward, Whistler must broaden the coverage of Energy Step Code to Part 3 buildings, and set a path to adopt the top step of Energy Step Code by or before 2030, which will reduce energy consumption by approximately 80% below current energy code. While highest efficiency buildings might be initially more costly to build, the return over the building life cycle is positive and can be seen as a step toward addressing housing affordability during the occupancy of the building.