Carbon Framework Vancouver

In order for the City of Vancouver to achieve its vision for “all new buildings to be carbon-neutral by 2020”, a methodology was required by which energy and carbon emissions associated with buildings are defined, supported by meaningful and defensible performance targets.

Project history



City of Vancouver, B.C.


Intep - Integrale Planung / Light House Sustainable Building Centre / Brantwood Consulting / BTY Group / The Pembina Institute (peer review)

Financial Support

The Real Estate Foundation British Columbia​ / City of Vancouver / Intep / BTY Group



Intep was hired to develop the carbon-neutrality multifamily building framework plans for the City of Vancouver, the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Forestry Innovation Investment company. This framework is a series of studies by Intep, which collectively establishes energy and carbon emission guideline targets and an implementation roadmap for a range of building types in the City of Vancouver.


An operating energy/carbon policy methodology, roadmap and targets for high-rise residential buildings were published in 2011; a report for mid-rise residential building including embodied energy was published in 2012. Although the primary purpose of these studies of energy and carbon policy frameworks (completed and proposed) was to facilitate the implementation of carbon emissions and energy consumption reduction policies in buildings in the City of Vancouver, it was anticipated that the findings would be of relevance to other local authorities and asset managers who are seeking to “de-carbonize” their real estate portfolios.