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Nanaimo votes to expedite zero carbon initiatives

DCN-JOC News Services
Nanaimo votes to expedite zero carbon initiatives

NANAIMO, B.C. – The City of Nanaimo in British Columbia is pushing forward to comply with provincial zero carbon standards.

Council recently voted to support expedited timelines to implement the Province of British Columbia’s Zero Carbon Step Code and BC Energy Step Code.

New buildings will be required to meet the Zero Carbon Performance Level (EL-4) of the Zero Carbon Step Code by July 1, 2024. If implemented, the greenhouse gas emissions from new buildings would be significantly reduced, a City of Nanaimo release stated.

The Zero Carbon Step Code is a provincial standard that sets greenhouse gas emission targets for new buildings and is a regulatory tool allowing local governments to specify the level of climate ambition they want their new buildings to achieve. 

City staff will draft the necessary amendment bylaw to the existing building bylaw which will then go to city council for consideration and approval prior to adoption.

The changes support council’s goal of reducing community-wide CO2 emissions to between 50 to 58 per cent below 2010 levels by 2030, the release said. 

City council also voted to require Part 3 building types to meet Step 3 of the Energy Step Code by Jan. 1, 2026. If implemented, the release said, it will ensure large, complex buildings are built with a 40 per cent increase in energy efficiency above the 2018 building code.

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