In mid-December 2021 Toronto City Council adopted the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy which aims to achieve net zero emissions in the city by 2040. This plan targets a variety of sectors including existing buildings.
How This May Affect Your Building
As part of this strategy they have published the Net Zero Existing Buildings Strategy (see Further Reading for link to full document) which describes a set of changes and actions the city plans to take to assess existing building performance against benchmarks and to inform building owners of action required to meet those goals.
The table below is from the Net Zero Existing Buildings Strategy (mobile users will need to scroll horizontally to view the whole table):
Require buildings to demonstrate that an energy audit or RCx has been recently completed (i.e. within two years) as a prerequisite for participation in City programs, as well as those offered by other key partners (e.g. Enbridge, Toronto Hydro, IESO)
Require buildings subject to performance requirements (see Section 3.2.2) to demonstrate that they have undergone an energy audit and that results have been incorporated into a “Retrofit Roadmap” that identifies how upgrades necessary to meet performance requirements will be aligned with conventional assessment and capital planning processes
Require approved audits and updates to be completed at change of use/ownership and before all major renovations
Use the information and data provided in audit reports to inform future performance targets and direct additional support to poorly performing buildings
As per Actions 3.1 and 3.3 energy audits may soon become necessary before joining city and utility programs as well as before receiving permits for major renovations and change of use and ownership.
How We Can Help
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