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As of January 1, 2015, one- or two- family homes completing renovations valued at over $5,000 in the City of Vancouver require reports from an energy advisor to obtain a renovation permit in order to comply with the updated City of Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL) 10908. Book a home energy evaluation today!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Do I Need to Do?
|Construction value||Upgrade level|
|Renovation applications with a value greater than $5,000 but not more than $25,000||Provide an EnerGuide (EGH) report completed within the last 4 years. If work includes replacement of boiler or furnace, annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) must be equal to or greater than 90%.|
|Renovation applications with a value greater than $25,000 but not more than $50,000 As above, plus:||If EGH report indicates greater than 5 air changes per hour, building envelope air sealing is required.|
|Renovation applications with a value greater than $50,000||As above, plus:|
2. Do I need a permit for my renovations?
Contact the City of Vancouver at 311 to discuss your renovation plans before you start.
3. What condition does my house need to be in to have the energy evaluation?
Your home must be "habitable" (details here), including the following:
5. What is air sealing, and how do I prove to the City that I’ve completed it?
During your energy evaluation, your energy advisor will test the air leakage in your home using a blower door depressurization test. Your air leakage results will be recorded in your reports. If your home has more than 5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals of pressure (5ACH @ 50Pa), you will be required to complete air sealing upgrades, which are a simple, inexpensive, and very effective way to improve home comfort and efficiency. Your advisor will let you know about ensuring adequate ventilation and if there are any concerns with backdrafting of combustion gases when you complete air sealing improvements. Save your receipts from your air sealing purchases, and provide them to the City of Vancouver building inspector at your final inspection.
Air Sealing Resources:
6. What is an EnerGuide home evaluation?
An EnerGuide home evaluation with an energy advisor provides you with expert advice and a customized retrofit plan so that you can save money on your energy bills, improve your home’s health and comfort, and reduce your home’s environmental impact. Read more.