Green Standard Community Improvement Plan

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The City wants your input to help shape a Green Standard Community Improvement Plan. The aim is to develop a plan that will support construction of efficient, sustainable, low-impact buildings to lower community greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) over time.

If you are a property owner, builder, developer, realtor, financier or resident who is passionate about new builds, we invite you to learn more about the Green Standard Community Improvement Plan, and to share your feedback.

About the Green Standard Community Improvement Plan

If adopted, the Green Standard Community Improvement Plan (Green Standard CIP) would provide incentives to builders and owners who design and construct more efficient buildings that move towards achieving Net Zero GHG emissions. Such buildings are known to enjoy reduced energy costs, be better for the environment, provide healthier indoor air quality, reduced maintenance costs and improved durability.

What kinds of improvements can the new Green Standard CIP incentives help Kingston achieve?

  • Air quality – through reducing emissions harmful to the environment and human health including greenhouse gases;
  • Water efficiency – through reducing water demand or maximizing the re-use and recycling of water;
  • Energy efficiency and conservation through energy demand management – through reducing energy consumption, and design or equipment standards that result in more energy efficient green buildings;
  • Energy generation – through on-site or remote renewable energy systems;
  • Energy storage and distribution for energy systems providing heat and power; and
  • Waste management – through enhancing waste reduction by composting, material re-use, recycling and waste diversion initiatives.


Building climate leadership banner


The City wants your input to help shape a Green Standard Community Improvement Plan. The aim is to develop a plan that will support construction of efficient, sustainable, low-impact buildings to lower community greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) over time.

If you are a property owner, builder, developer, realtor, financier or resident who is passionate about new builds, we invite you to learn more about the Green Standard Community Improvement Plan, and to share your feedback.

About the Green Standard Community Improvement Plan

If adopted, the Green Standard Community Improvement Plan (Green Standard CIP) would provide incentives to builders and owners who design and construct more efficient buildings that move towards achieving Net Zero GHG emissions. Such buildings are known to enjoy reduced energy costs, be better for the environment, provide healthier indoor air quality, reduced maintenance costs and improved durability.

What kinds of improvements can the new Green Standard CIP incentives help Kingston achieve?

  • Air quality – through reducing emissions harmful to the environment and human health including greenhouse gases;
  • Water efficiency – through reducing water demand or maximizing the re-use and recycling of water;
  • Energy efficiency and conservation through energy demand management – through reducing energy consumption, and design or equipment standards that result in more energy efficient green buildings;
  • Energy generation – through on-site or remote renewable energy systems;
  • Energy storage and distribution for energy systems providing heat and power; and
  • Waste management – through enhancing waste reduction by composting, material re-use, recycling and waste diversion initiatives.


Q&A

Do you have questions about the Green Standard Community Improvement Plan? Ask them here, and staff will respond within two business days. Please review the FAQ section prior to posting your question!

Closes:  Dec. 1, 2020 at 4 p.m.

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    Where do I find a draft of the Green Standad CIP? It is not easy to find...

    Ian Brown asked 7 months ago

    Hi Ian, thank you for this question! The City wants your input to help shape the  Green Standard Community Improvement Plan (still being developed!). If you have thoughts and/or comments, please share them by completing the feedback survey!