Earlier this month, Council approved the High Performance Development Standard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new buildings in Ottawa. Using a series of metrics to help determine how effective new building projects are at advancing sustainable and resilient design, the new standard will ensure all Ottawa builders are meeting the same minimum targets for projects that require a site plan control application or a plan of subdivision application. The High Performance Development Standard will come into effect once the Official Plan comes into force.
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The proposed High Performance Development Standard seeks to apply minimum performance measures to new development through the review and approval of site plan and plan of subdivision applications. It includes metrics that will protect our environment, public health and safety, and respond to climate change.
The High Performance Development Standard will help the City to meet the sustainable and resilient design objectives in the Official Plan as well as contribute to the greenhouse gas reduction targets. The largest share of Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions (46 per cent) come from buildings. New buildings that are designed to be energy efficient will reduce emissions and save on costly retrofits in the future.
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