High Performance Development Standard

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Sustainable and resilient design in new development supports public health and safety, environmental protection and responds to climate change, all of which are priorities within Ottawa’s new Official Plan. Over the last two decades, many municipalities across Ontario have instituted what are commonly referred to as "green development standards" as they have proven to be an effective tool in building capacity within the industry to advance the sustainability and resiliency in new developments.

Using the authority set out under the Planning Act, the City proposes to advance sustainable and resilient design priorities by phasing in minimum performance measures for new development that require site plan and plan of subdivision approval, starting in summer 2022.

The High Performance Development Standard tool has been introduced as part of the new Official Plan and is one of 20 priority projects identified in the Energy Evolution Strategy.

We welcome you to explore this page to learn more about the proposed standard and its measures.


Why is it important?

The High Performance Development Standard is important to set out measures in order to realize the objectives of sustainable and resilient design as set out in the new Official Plan.

Many of the requirements in the High Performance Development Standard are existing, whether part of an existing guideline, by-law or other document. The High Performance Development Standard will allow city staff to prioritize and package all the requirements that support sustainable and resilient design together in one place. It will also assist in reviewing and maintaining the requirements, as well as in tracking and reporting on sustainability objectives.

The High Performance Development Standard Building Energy Efficiency metric is especially important as buildings represent one of the largest sources of Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions and contributors to the Climate Emergency. Buildings accounted for 46 per cent of the city’s total community emissions in 2020. As one of the key goals of sustainable and resilient design, new buildings that are designed to be energy efficient and which respond to the City’s emissions reduction targets from the outset will save on costly retrofits in the future.


Information session

December 7
7 pm to 8:30 pm
Zoom

Find out more about the High Performance Development Standard, the proposed requirements and how they will support sustainable and resilient building design in Ottawa.

The session will include a presentation followed by a question and answer period with the project team.

Register today to reserve your spot.


Have your say

The High Performance Development Standard has been developed in consultation with industry and energy experts. The standard works with the processes and authorities available to the City of Ottawa to advance sustainable and resilient design. We would like your feedback on how we have addressed the sustainability and resiliency of new developments with the draft standard. Please provide your input using the feedback form by December 20.


If you would like to receive updates on the High Performance Development Standard and other climate change news subscribe to the climate change e-newsletter.

Sustainable and resilient design in new development supports public health and safety, environmental protection and responds to climate change, all of which are priorities within Ottawa’s new Official Plan. Over the last two decades, many municipalities across Ontario have instituted what are commonly referred to as "green development standards" as they have proven to be an effective tool in building capacity within the industry to advance the sustainability and resiliency in new developments.

Using the authority set out under the Planning Act, the City proposes to advance sustainable and resilient design priorities by phasing in minimum performance measures for new development that require site plan and plan of subdivision approval, starting in summer 2022.

The High Performance Development Standard tool has been introduced as part of the new Official Plan and is one of 20 priority projects identified in the Energy Evolution Strategy.

We welcome you to explore this page to learn more about the proposed standard and its measures.


Why is it important?

The High Performance Development Standard is important to set out measures in order to realize the objectives of sustainable and resilient design as set out in the new Official Plan.

Many of the requirements in the High Performance Development Standard are existing, whether part of an existing guideline, by-law or other document. The High Performance Development Standard will allow city staff to prioritize and package all the requirements that support sustainable and resilient design together in one place. It will also assist in reviewing and maintaining the requirements, as well as in tracking and reporting on sustainability objectives.

The High Performance Development Standard Building Energy Efficiency metric is especially important as buildings represent one of the largest sources of Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions and contributors to the Climate Emergency. Buildings accounted for 46 per cent of the city’s total community emissions in 2020. As one of the key goals of sustainable and resilient design, new buildings that are designed to be energy efficient and which respond to the City’s emissions reduction targets from the outset will save on costly retrofits in the future.


Information session

December 7
7 pm to 8:30 pm
Zoom

Find out more about the High Performance Development Standard, the proposed requirements and how they will support sustainable and resilient building design in Ottawa.

The session will include a presentation followed by a question and answer period with the project team.

Register today to reserve your spot.


Have your say

The High Performance Development Standard has been developed in consultation with industry and energy experts. The standard works with the processes and authorities available to the City of Ottawa to advance sustainable and resilient design. We would like your feedback on how we have addressed the sustainability and resiliency of new developments with the draft standard. Please provide your input using the feedback form by December 20.


If you would like to receive updates on the High Performance Development Standard and other climate change news subscribe to the climate change e-newsletter.

Page last updated: 07 December 2021, 18:56