Kingston inviting input on new build net-zero policy and incentive program

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Property owners and builders are invited to comment on a proposed Green Standard Community Improvement Plan (CIP) in the City of Kingston. Comments must be submitted by December 1.

If implemented, the CIP would incentivize the construction of new low-impact buildings, and help the City achieve its target of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040.

The Green Standard CIP would also support:

  • Improved building performance, including greater comfort and health benefits for those using the buildings in the future.
  • Reduced the impact on energy and water infrastructure.
  • Stimulating economic opportunities associated with the products and services required to construct high performance buildings.
  • A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)

“This program would offer financial incentives to builders and developers who are investing in measures to significantly reduce or eliminate GHG emissions from new buildings,” said Julie Salter-Keane, manager, climate leadership division.

“These benefits align with council’s commitment to demonstrate leadership on climate action and to strengthen economic development opportunities as outlined in Kingston’s Strategic Plan (2019-2022).

Learn more about the Green Standard Community Improvement Plan and attend a virtual public meeting Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. City staff will provide an overview of the proposed plan and answer questions. Register here.

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