Brantford City Council unanimously endorsed the Net-Zero Building Strategy and Net-Zero Building Standard that focuses on constructing all new city-owned buildings to net-zero standards during their regular meeting on Tuesday, October 4.
The Net-Zero Building Strategy presents a long-term goal for achieving net-zero emissions from Corporate buildings by 2050. A Net-Zero Standard and Checklist has been developed to help guide design and construction activities and improve the environmental performance of new Corporate buildings, including community buildings, housing, office space, etc. Incorporating net-zero building standards into the construction of new Corporate buildings will result in greater long-term energy savings, lower operational costs, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions.
The City of Brantford’s Net-Zero Building Strategy allows the City to lead by example when it comes to sustainability. A Net-Zero Building Retrofit Strategy for existing City buildings will soon be developed following the implementation of the Net-Zero Building Strategy.
In December 2019, City Council made the Climate Emergency and Imperative Climate Action declaration. This declaration addressed the need for the City of Brantford and all of its residents to reduce the use of fossil fuels and other sources of GHGs. In November 2020, Brantford City Council approved the Corporate Climate Change Action Plan and emissions reduction targets to become a net-zero City by 2050. To learn more about how the City of Brantford is taking action on climate change and how you can get involved, please visit www.brantford.ca/ClimateAction.