Sustainable Design

Sustainability in the built environment is intrinsically connected to affordable market housing. Density, inclusion of public transit, walkable communities, energy-efficiency  practices that help lower energy costs for homeowners. All of these factors cross over into discussions on affordability.

In the coming months we will add more resources and links to this page on each of these subjects, and more.

Walkable Communities

The following video from the American Society of Landscape Architects provides a good overview on how to transform a car-centric community into one that enables active living.

Designing for Active Living from ASLA on Vimeo.

Energy Efficiency

The provincial building code supports improvements in energy efficiency that contribute to the province's long term environmental goals. Recent code changes include the addition of Solar Hot Water Ready homes and increased water efficiency requirements. This fall the province will launch online public consultations on energy performance for new residential housing.

While energy savings offset higher construction costs, there is a point where initial costs could have a significant impact on affordability. The 2012 Code will try to find a careful balance between energy efficiency and affordability for British Columbians.

Builders, consumers and local governments can review the changes being considered along with costing estimates that will help define the impact and shape the discussion. The survey will be available through our consultations page later this fall.