Stylized image of a city with the sun shining. This image is used on City of Ottawa communications about climate initiatives including the propose high performance development standard.

New High Performance Development Standard

The City is developing a High Performance Development Standard that will support sustainable and resilient design in new developments.

The proposed standard seeks to apply minimum performance measures to new development through the review and approval of site plan and plan of subdivision applications. It includes metrics that will protect our environment, public health and safety, and respond to climate change.

The High Performance Development Standard will help the City to meet the sustainable and resilient design objectives in the Official Plan as well as contribute to the greenhouse gas reduction targets. The Building Energy Efficiency metric is especially important as buildings represent one of the largest sources of Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions and contributors to the Climate Emergency. The largest share of Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions (46 per cent) come from buildings. As one of the key goals of sustainable and resilient design, new buildings that are designed to be energy efficient and which respond to the City’s emissions reduction targets from the outset will save on costly retrofits in the future.

Visit Engage Ottawa to find out more on the measures and phasing and provide your feedback.

Public information session

December 7, 2021
7 pm to 8:30 pm

Attend the public information session to find out more about the High Performance Development Standard, the proposed requirements and how they contribute to sustainable and resilient design. The session will include a presentation followed by a question and answer period with the project team.

Register today to reserve your spot and receive the Zoom details.

Planning and Development in Riverview Park

Information about specific development activities in the Riverview Park community can be found on the Planning and Development committee page.

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