Better Buildings Ottawa

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The City of Ottawa is developing a Better Buildings Ottawa Strategy to accelerate the retrofits of existing industrial, commercial, institutional, and multi-unit buildings. This strategy is one of 20 priority projects identified in Energy Evolution to meet Council’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

Existing buildings are the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa. In 2019, industrial, commercial and institutional buildings contributed to 22 per cent of Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions. Most of these emissions are from space heating.

Better Buildings Ottawa focuses on reducing heating demand and fuel switching to maximise the carbon and financial returns. It proposes five key components to accelerate the uptake of retrofits, while maximizing potential co-benefits and minimizing potential harms to owners and tenants:

  • Benchmarking and auditing
  • Marketing, education and training
  • Coordinating and supporting accelerated retrofits
  • Energy retrofit standards and other regulations
  • Senior government engagement

The five key components are summarized below.


Have your say

The Better Buildings Ottawa Strategy was approved by Council in October, 2021. It lays out how 50-60 per cent energy reductions will be achieved in the private building sector by 2040. A financing program for deep retrofits is being explored and the City would like to hear from stakeholders

We want to hear from the following sectors as they relate to industrial, commercial, institutional, or multi-unit residential buildings:

  • Building owners
  • Property managers
  • Building occupants
  • Service providers
  • Architects and engineers

Please let us know your comments by completing the survey by February 8, 2022.


Stay informed

If you would like to receive updates on the Better Buildings Ottawa Strategy and other climate change news subscribe to the climate change e-newsletter.

The City of Ottawa is developing a Better Buildings Ottawa Strategy to accelerate the retrofits of existing industrial, commercial, institutional, and multi-unit buildings. This strategy is one of 20 priority projects identified in Energy Evolution to meet Council’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

Existing buildings are the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa. In 2019, industrial, commercial and institutional buildings contributed to 22 per cent of Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions. Most of these emissions are from space heating.

Better Buildings Ottawa focuses on reducing heating demand and fuel switching to maximise the carbon and financial returns. It proposes five key components to accelerate the uptake of retrofits, while maximizing potential co-benefits and minimizing potential harms to owners and tenants:

  • Benchmarking and auditing
  • Marketing, education and training
  • Coordinating and supporting accelerated retrofits
  • Energy retrofit standards and other regulations
  • Senior government engagement

The five key components are summarized below.


Have your say

The Better Buildings Ottawa Strategy was approved by Council in October, 2021. It lays out how 50-60 per cent energy reductions will be achieved in the private building sector by 2040. A financing program for deep retrofits is being explored and the City would like to hear from stakeholders

We want to hear from the following sectors as they relate to industrial, commercial, institutional, or multi-unit residential buildings:

  • Building owners
  • Property managers
  • Building occupants
  • Service providers
  • Architects and engineers

Please let us know your comments by completing the survey by February 8, 2022.


Stay informed

If you would like to receive updates on the Better Buildings Ottawa Strategy and other climate change news subscribe to the climate change e-newsletter.

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