The City of Penticton encourages a whole-systems approach through design and building techniques to minimize environmental impact and reduce the energy consumption of buildings while contributing to the health of its occupants. Building upon the initiatives set up by the Provincial Government in February 2007, the City has established protocols to encourage “greener” building practices as well as encouraging development with Development Cost Charge reductions. To learn more go to Development Cost Charges for Not-For-Profit Rental Housing and for Developments Designed for Low Environmental Impact Bylaw No. 2010-11 [PDF - 458 KB].
BC Government: BC Green Building Code & Energy Efficiency Changes
BC Building & Safety Policy Branch outlines green and energy efficiency changes planned for the BC Building Code. These include existing and proposed incentives under the upcoming 2012 B.C. Building Code:
- Code changes to improve the energy performance of housing to the equivalent of EnerGuide 80 in 2012;
- Participation in a national process to establish an improved energy code for larger, more complex buildings; solar hot water ready homes (where practical) in 2010;
- Code requirement for high-efficiency toilets (including dual-flush) and urinals in new construction in 2010;
- Code requirements to support increased use of non-potable water for toilet flushing, irrigation and cold-water clothes washing in 2011.
To learn more about upcoming changes to the BC Building Code go to: Greening the Code.
Okanagan College - Centre of Excellence
The Centre of Excellence was designed and built as an innovative, sustainable post-secondary facility highly adapted to its site, climate and context. The facility will support a program mix that has a focus on sustainable building technologies and processes, as well as research and development of alternative and renewable sources of energy. The innovative features of the building itself will be used as a teaching tool to help train the next generation of tradespeople in green construction practices.