WHY ARE CHANGES BEING CONSIDERED?
Town of Canmore is considering making changes to our Green Building Regulations (found in Section 7 of our Land Use Bylaw) as a result of:
- Natural Resources Canada introducing a new version of the Energuide program starting July 1, 2016. This will include a completely new Energuide scoring system.
- The Alberta Building Code update that will include a new section on energy efficiency (Section 9.36 Energy Efficiency) starting November 1, 2016. These changes will require that new homes be more energy efficient than in the past, perhaps exceeding our current green building requirements.
WHAT CHANGES ARE BEING CONSIDERED?
The Town will monitor how the implementation of Section 9.36 of the Alberta Building Code influences the Energuide scores to determine what changes need to be made to our green building requirements. At this point, we are considering:
- Removing green building requirements from the Bylaw if new buildings are exceeding the current green building requirements.
- Setting new targets relative to the new Energuide scores in order to ensure Canmore continues to encourage energy efficient home design beyond the minimum requirements.
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT MY CURRENT AND/OR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT?
Prior to July 1st, 2016 applicants will still need to meet the required Energuide score for their development. After July 1st, the Town will continue to require applicants or their builders to:
- Engage a certified energy advisor as part of the Building Permit application and submit a completed Green Building checklist.
- Complete a blower door test and submit the preliminary Energuide score prior to occupancy.
However, the Town will not require any targets be met during this time period because the existing targets will no longer be relevant since they reflect the old Energuide program and scores. At this point we don’t have a sense of how long this interim process may be in place. We’ll need a reasonable sample size of new Energuide scores to determine amendments to the Land Use Bylaw. Once this is analysis is complete, amendments to the Land Use Bylaw will be considered in consultation with BOWDA and other key community stakeholders.
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