Buildings are the largest source of GHG emissions in Toronto today, accounting for 55 per cent of total emissions. Approximately 60 per cent of building emissions are attributed to residential buildings, including single-family homes, and 40 per cent to commercial and institutional buildings. Emissions stem from the use of fossil fuels, primarily natural gas, to heat space and water.
Toronto’s bold new Strategy will require the owners of all existing buildings in Toronto to decarbonize their buildings by 2050, with support from the City of Toronto. With the goal of reducing building emissions to net zero, the Strategy supports the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy and Toronto’s vision of a low-carbon city. Buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto today.
The Net Zero Existing Buildings Strategy outlines nine key policy actions that the City will take to accelerate the uptake of retrofits by home and building owners while maximizing potential benefits and minimizing potential harms to building owners and tenants.
|The Strategy outlines 9 key strategies that will:||Building owners are encouraged to:|
|1||Require building owners in the city of Toronto to annually report and disclose the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions performance of their building(s).||Learn more about Ontario’s Energy & Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) program to see if your building is currently required to comply. The requirement will be extended to buildings of all sizes.|
|2||Establish GHG emissions performance targets for all building types.||Get help developing a pathway for your building to reach net zero emissions to ensure you can achieve future emissions performance targets. Contact the City’s Navigation & Support Services team for support: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|3||Require building owners to conduct energy and emissions audits and tune-ups to inform net zero retrofit roadmaps.||Learn how energy/emission audits and tune-ups can help to improve your building performance. Contact the City’s Navigation & Support Services team for support: email@example.com.|
|4||Provide support to reduce the complexity, costs and time associated with building retrofitsLearn about existing City programs and tools available to support building retrofits.||Connect with technical professionals on the City’s Navigation & Support Services team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|5||Expand and enhance retrofit financing for building owners. The City offers low-interest financing through its Energy Retrofit Loan Program.||The City offers low-interest financing through its Energy Retrofit Loan Program. To learn more, email email@example.com.|
Additional actions the City will take to support building owners include:
6. Streamline the permitting and approval processes for deep retrofits.
7. Build awareness and capacity of building owners to undertake emissions reduction measures.
8. Support workforce development and training.
9. Advocate and partner with other orders of government to ensure appropriate authorities and funding.