Buildings cause emissions when we build them, maintain them and power them.

How buildings cause emissions

Most emissions from buildings comes from the natural gas we use to heat them.

Buildings are also tied to emissions from industry, because we use oil, gas and coal to:

  • Make building materials like glass, cement and steel
  • Move building materials
  • Power construction equipment
  • Tear down buildings

Tracking emissions from buildings

Emissions from homes and commercial buildings were 12% of B.C.'s total in 2021.

Emissions from homes and commercial buildings were 12% of B.C.’s total emissions in 2021.

Reducing emissions from buildings

We’re working toward buildings that don’t cause climate pollution.

By 2030, all new buildings in B.C. will be required to have zero emissions. This can be achieved with choices like:

  • Energy-efficient heating and hot water equipment, such as heat pumps
  • More renewable building materials, such as wood fibre insulation
  • Better insulation and airtight windows and doors to keep heat in

After 2030, all new space and water heating equipment sold and installed in B.C. will be 100% efficient.

A view of the skyscrapers in B.C.'s downtown core from False Creek.

Getting buildings ready for climate change

We’re helping the construction industry make more energy-efficient buildings that have less of an impact on the environment.

B.C. is taking action

Explore how we are making buildings more energy-efficient and promoting clean building materials.