Shift is a data visualization tool that enables its users to make business decisions informed by the market transformation currently underway in Metro Vancouver. Under the BC Energy Step Code, municipalities around the region are committing to higher energy performance for new buildings, with the goal of becoming “net zero ready” by 2032. Shift tracks these policies and forecasts the market shift from conventional to higher-performance building products. OPEN Technologies designed the tool using data from VEC’s 2019 Green Buildings Market Forecast, which explores six key products and technologies — fenestration, insulation, heat recovery ventilators, heat pumps, domestic hot water and drain water heat recovery — that buildings will need to comply with the BC Energy Step Code and Vancouver Zero Emission Building Plan by 2032.
Shift provides building industry participants with a clear picture of how the BC Energy Step Code will shift the anticipated demand from low to high performance building components across Metro Vancouver, accounting for Step Code adoption and projected economic growth rates.
Among its many features, the tool can generate large-scale demand numbers across multiple sectors; drill down to specific opportunities within individual product categories, such as windows; or hone in on particular types of products, such as high-performance windows with a U-Value below 1.2.
OPEN Technologies is a Vancouver-based software firm that creates data tools to help city-shapers make pro-climate decisions with confidence. Their software tools promote the market adoption of high performance products and best practices in energy management.
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