The BC Energy Step Code (ESC) is widely being used as a policy tool to reduce the operational emissions from buildings. This research evaluates the embodied emissions of single-family houses built at various levels of the step code. The contributions of increased insulation and low-carbon mechanical systems are studied. Results show that the embodied emissions of a Step 5 house can be up to 67% higher than a similar Step 1 house.

Partner: City of Richmond
Keywords: green buildings, sustainability in education, sustainable development & green economy 

Riya Tolia