Today the City of Vancouver has introduced new updates to the Vancouver Building Bylaw 2018 (VBBL).
Since 2014, only 1&2 Family residential housing were effected by the VBBL. Now, in the New Vancouver Building Bylaw 2018, all low-rise (less than 4 Storey) MURBs (Multi Residential Buildings) will require air tightness testing, EnerGuide Ratings, and Effective R-22 Walls. This will also impact 4-6 Storey Residential buildings, except they will not require an EnerGuide Rating.
Here are some other highlights of the Vancouver Building Bylaw update:
- Large Homes over 325 m² (3500 ft²) will require a GHG Calculator (Green house gas)
- 1&2 Family will now require Effective R values for all assemblies
- All residential townhomes, 6 stories or less will require effective R values for all assemblies
- New pre-permit and pre-drywall checklists.
These new Vancouver Building Bylaw 2018 updates will impact all permits starting on March 1st 2018. The updates align with the City of Vancouver’s 2020 Cleanest City targets.
The Greenest City Action Plan is divided into 10 goal areas addressing three overarching areas of focus:
- Zero Carbon
- Zero Waste
- Healthy Ecosystems