The Canadian Government, the Alberta Government and Alberta municipal governments have created policy frameworks that outline the paths they will take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This section provides links and summaries to these documents and the CHBA provincial and national responses to these.
This position paper, ratified by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, identifies and examines policy issues related to developing and implementing a long-term strategy for more ambitious energy codes. The paper examines:
- What the shift means to code development
- A tiered approach for flexibility for the provinces;
- Consideration of the role of renewables
- Focus on energy not carbon
- Direction for existing homes
- Cost versus benefit
- Pros and cons of a regulatory approach
This strategy outlines the federal government’s goals and timelines for Net-zero ready new homes, a code for existing buildings and an energy labeling program for all buildings by 2030.
In this strategy the federal government sets out goals and steps for increased efficiency of windows, heating equipment and hot equipment for all buildings between 2020 and 2035.
In December of 2016, the Canadian Government published their plan on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience while growing the economy. The framework is based on the pillars of carbon pricing, complimentary energy efficiency, climate mitigation, and accelerating innovation.
This report delivered by the Alberta climate Leadership Panel, provides the integrated framework that the Alberta Government is following related to policies, legislation and initiatives to accelerate carbon emissions reductions in the short term.