Green building design and construction is the second-largest sector under Vancouver’s Green Economy umbrella, driven by progressive, local green building policies and international demand for local expertise. The rise of this area is linked directly to Vancouver’s goal of becoming the world’s greenest city by 2020 and the strategy for 100% renewable energy throughout the city by 2050.
- Vancouver is home to some of the world’s leading experts in sustainable urban planning, green building design and construction. This growing knowledge network is proving a major draw for national and global companies alike. It’s also creating a true hub of knowledge, creativity and collaboration.
- Vancouver is where sustainability experts regularly convene, with events such as GLOBE (the world’s largest sustainable business conference), Sustainable Brands, and the EcoCities World Summit, gathering sustainable businesses, environmental practitioners, and innovators from around the world.
- Innovative City programs and policies, such as Vancouver’s energy reduction and carbon emissions targets for buildings, such as the new Zero-Emission Building Plan, encourage better in-home energy monitoring and allow for roof-mounted solar energy devices and electric vehicle charging.
As more of Vancouver’s design and construction firms meet globally-recognized green certification standards, sustainable and regenerative buildings are increasingly the norm. As a result, Vancouver’s planners, architects, contractors and engineers are in especially high demand, and other cities are following its approach to urban planning.
Today, “Vancouverism” is a term used by municipalities worldwide aiming to integrate liveability and sustainability into their urban planning.
The world regards Vancouver as a true pioneer and innovator in all things green. For those interested in harnessing the power of business to advance green thinking and effect environmental change, there’s no better place to be these days.