Last month, the Clean Economy Alliance (CEA) released a report outlining recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Ontario’s building sector. The report, “The Future of Buildings: Getting Ontario Ready for Net-Zero,” speaks to upcoming changes in the province’s building code and Ontario’s commitment to require all buildings constructed after 2030 to have net-zero emissions.
“Currently, the building sector produces almost one quarter of Ontario’s GHG emissions,” says Keith Brooks, programs director for Environmental Defence. “In some urban areas like Toronto, that rises to half. With a growing population, Ontario needs transformative changes in the way we build and renovate buildings, and we need them now—before the current building boom locks in more polluting emissions. Updating Ontario’s building code holds the potential to greatly reduce these emissions.”