B.C. government buildings will become smarter and more energy efficient in an effort to tackle climate change, thanks to the province’s new CleanBC Government Buildings Program.
“The B.C. government is leading by example and walking the talk when it comes to building a better future for British Columbians,” said Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “The new CleanBC Government Buildings Program will help government facilities consume less energy, reduce emissions, create local jobs and save British Columbians money.”
Through a combination of energy efficiency, innovative design and renewable building energy systems, the rolling five-year plan will transition courthouses, correctional centres, warehouses and ministry offices into facilities that are 80 per cent more energy efficient by 2050.
The $58 million program is part of CleanBC, the province’s plan to use more clean and renewable energy, reduce climate pollution and create opportunities for people and businesses around B.C.
Government buildings will be retrofitted, with new heating systems, insulation and other measures to make them more energy efficient and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The B.C. government is aiming to have all new government facilities using 100 per cent clean energy starting in 2022.
Under the program, the province is taking action to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions at government facilities. An area of focus is to retrofit older buildings with more efficient heating and cooling systems and constructing better buildings that will make them energy neutral — producing as much energy as they consume.
“The CleanBC Government Building Program is yet another way we’re helping the province meet its climate commitments and showing what’s possible when it comes to cleaner, better buildings,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
“We’re raising efficiency standards for new construction and renovations, and providing rebates for people and businesses to help with energy-saving upgrades. This is part of our CleanBC plan to improve the buildings where we live and work — across B.C.”
By 2032, all new buildings in B.C. will be net-zero-energy ready.