British Columbia Considers Carbon-Neutral Construction By 2020

In British Columbia, a proposal to require all new buildings to be carbon-neutral is being considered. The rule would require that buildings have no carbon footprint by 2020.

"The proposal is tucked inside the report from the B.C. Climate Action Team released last week, a document that the government commissioned but is not obliged to accept. But the move to carbon-neutral housing would cause a revolution in how housing stock will be built. In its purest form, it would see housing constructed with built-in power supplies - either solar panels, wind turbines or geothermal sources."

"New designs that limit energy requirements, such as shaded windows, and energy-efficient appliances are part of the equation. The proposal to the province also urges the government to build some flexibility into the carbon-neutral requirement by allowing communities to build green energy sources to power individual residences."

"The official estimates that building a carbon-neutral house will cost anywhere from 5 per cent to 20 per cent more than conventional models. With the average house price in Greater Vancouver hovering around $556,000, the added expense could top $100,000."

Full Story: Green report pushes for carbon-neutral construction

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