Pickering starts to modernize its building and design codes

Pickering city staff have been asked to begin the process of updating the city’s Sustainable Design Standards for new development and re-development.

Green development practices have evolved and it’s important that these guidelines reflect the innovative green best practices and technology of today, as well as the work being done by both the city and Region of Durham to address climate change, support urban forests, pollinators, waste reduction, water conservation, energy efficiency, and access to local food and greenspaces, said a city statement.

This work will be funded through The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), as the city received an $86,000 grant. The Region of Durham will also contribute $10,000 to support these efforts. The city has retained Urban Equation, a consulting firm with expertise in the field of sustainable community building, to lead the project.

“Leadership from the City of Pickering to advance Integrated Sustainable Design Standards supports a clear path to reducing carbon pollution from buildings, the largest source of emissions in Durham Region,” said Bryan Purcell, Vice President of Policy and Programs, The Atmospheric Fund.

“The City of Pickering is recognized nationally as a leader in sustainability, and this exciting project will serve to bolster that reputation,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “By partnering with The Atmospheric Fund and the Region of Durham, we will be able to engage with our residents and stakeholders in establishing a leading edge development framework that will help ultimately help build a more sustainable city.”

Those interested in participating are invited to stay tuned at LetsTalkPickering.ca, where a project will be launched with various community engagement opportunities.


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