Carbon metrics in Canada’s building codes and alignment with energy disclosure toolsComments on proposed changes to the National Building Code and National Energy Code for Buildings

Publication - March 13, 2020 - By Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Ghazal Ebrahimi

The Pembina Institute submitted comments on proposed changes to the National Building Code of Canada and National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings.

Key points:

  • The National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) and the National Building Code (NBC) should include greenhouse gas intensity metrics, in addition to the current energy efficiency metrics.
  • The NECB and the NBC should include a cap for the embodied carbon associated with buildings. These metrics should be developed and added to the tiered energy performance requirements in the next revision.
  • To facilitate assessment of ongoing performance, builders of all new Part 3 buildings and eligible Part 9 buildings should be required to create and set up an Energy Star Portfolio Manager account for the project.


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