In a 'battle of the emergencies' council votes to delay implementing new green building standards

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, May 10, 2023

City Council jammed the brakes on its plans to enact rules for greener, high performance buildings Wednesday, voting to delay implementation of the policy until more guidance comes from the provincial government.

“Measure twice, cut once,” is how Barrhaven West Coun. David Hill likened his motion to defer adopting the city’s own High Performance Development Standards (HPDS) until the province is expected to clarify its rules some time this summer.

The HPDS, which would be phased in over the next seven years, would force builders to meet new standards for energy efficiency and impose zoning requirements for such things as electrical vehicle parking. Councillors who supported the changes say the standards are needed as the city copes with the climate emergency it declared in 2019.

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