Better Buildings Overview
Your Complete Resource for Improving Building Performance
Buildings are a significant source of GHG emissions, generators of solid
and liquid waste and large consumers of energy, water and land in the
Greater Vancouver Region. And, statistics indicate that these demands
and impacts are increasing.
Retrofits designed to improve the operating efficiency of existing buildings
have a direct influence in reversing this trend and to reduce the associated
environmental impacts. In response, the Better Buildings program was developed
to encourage and facilitate an increase in eco-efficient*
building retrofit activity.
The Better Buildings portal was inspired by the recognized need
for a single interactive, comprehensive source of programs and information
to assist building/facility owners and managers in completing energy and
resource efficient retrofits. In addition, the concept of a regional resource
centre - or portal, is a powerful tool that is capable of serving the
needs of a large and diverse audience.
|By creating a partnership among regional,
provincial and federal program and service providers, the Better Buildings
initiative brings together all of the key components necessary for
a building/facility owner or manager to initiate, implement and successfully
complete eco-efficient building retrofits.
*Eco-efficient building retrofits reduce the
amount of natural resources required to deliver a given service. Eco-efficient
building retrofits generally encompass more than one media and make sense
from a triple bottom line perspective. Media include energy, air, water,
wastewater, land, solid and liquid waste. Triple bottom line considers
the financial/economic, environmental and social benefits and costs related
to a project.
of the Better Buildings Initiative