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Vancouver's Green Buildings Policy Is Good News

By setting the bar so that new homes and buildings perform better and pollute less -- at no additional cost -- we are taking an important step toward reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and bringing construction standards in line with those being adopted across Europe and North America. The city's new policy will save us money, expand the number of jobs in green construction, and benefit our health. It's an exciting blueprint for what will become the new normal in construction in B.C. and across Canada.
Bordered by the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the heart of Canada's third-largest metropolitan area and the largest city in British Columbia. In the 1870s, Vancouver was founded as a sawmill settlement called Granville. In 1886, the city was incorporated and renamed Vancouver after Captain George Vancouver, a British naval captain who explored the area in 1792. The city boasts Canada's largest port, a thriving arts scene, the Vancouver Canucks NHL team and the BC Lions of the CFL. It played host to the world for the 2010 Winter Games.