Redeveloping a Mall

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.

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Re-Imagining Suburbia

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?

Retrofitting Suburbia

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.

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Revelstoke Interactive Planning Workshops

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.