Implement and manage compliance of green development standards.
Green development standards are design requirements for new buildings that increase energy efficiency and lead to better designed communities.
Most GTHA municipalities have adopted such standards already, however a few remain.
Those without standards should accelerate their adoption, while others should consider updates and improvements.
- Set energy and carbon intensity targets for each building type
- Embodied carbon requirements
- EV-ready requirements
- A schedule for future updates leading to net zero ready new construction by-or-before 2030
- Resources and training for staff to manage compliance.
- Incentives for projects which exceed minimum requirements
- A higher standard for municipally owned or funded projects including affordable housing.
As the cost of housing and monthly energy bills continues to increase, green development standards and existing building performance standards make homes and businesses more efficient and affordable.
They reduce carbon emissions, reduce the burden on our strained electricity system, and generate local economic value.
As the impacts of climate change become more frequent, standards for new and existing buildings can improve resiliency and protect resident health and comfort in extreme weather events.