Three scenarios were examined to explore opportunities for developing a more sustainable neighbourhood. Each scenario builds
upon the previous and integrates energy technologies that can already be found in use across Metro Vancouver.
The Surrey scenario study explores opportunities for integrating renewable energy into a new suburban neighbourhood. Similar
low density residential greenfield development patterns can be found across Metro Vancouver. Can these neighbourhoods
be designed to maintain their low density characeter while also reducing energy use and emissions?
This scenario examines alternative approaches to reduce energy demand and increase renewable supply for existing residential
homes, while accommodating some densification in terms of population. In order to avoid the most serious impacts
of global warming beyond 2 degrees Celsius and meet city targets, we must substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions
from natural gas and other hydrocarbons that we use to heat our homes. We may also need the solar electricity to
power our electric vehicles.
This project investigated whether public understanding and acceptance of smart growth would improve if citizens were provided
with timely, accessible visualizations about why and how it can help achieve energy reductions. The project was conducted
in Revelstoke, BC as the city was considering a Form Based Code to promote “smart growth” development.