Meeting the 2030 Challenge

As we approach the year 2030, the challenge to build net zero energy becomes more technically challenging and complex, as well as more achievable. The amount of available wind, solar and tidal energy has always been abundant; the technology to harness renewable energy systems advances daily.

The Challenge

The 2030 Challenge proposes targets for the energy consumption of new buildings. Beginning in 2005, when the Challenge was issued - all new buildings were to be designed to consume 50% less fossil fuel energy for buildings of that type in the region.

  As time goes by the Challenge is to further reduce fossil fuel consumption.    

By 2030 the goal is that new and renovated buildings will be net zero energy, or require no fossil fuels, and emit no greenhouse gases (GHGs).


Case Studies

The buildings featured in this website are the best energy-efficient commercial buildings that have been constructed in Canada so far.

Every project featured has been included because of the commitment made by its Owner, the Builder and the entire Design Team to create a building that reduces or eliminates consumption of resources. Success is measured by the building’s energy use index; it can also be measured by the satisfaction and enthusiasm of every individual using or inhabiting the building.

These case study buildings have taken the first step to becoming energy neutral; their building envelopes are as efficient as possible and the implications and realities of net zero energy have been considered. The next step is to integrate renewable energy systems into the majority of new and existing buildings.

If you are involved with the design, construction or conception of a building in Canada that deserves to be included, we welcome your participation in this initiative. By showing information and technology, the challenge becomes more achievable.


Hagen Head Office


Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence


The Stageline Group Building


Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation


Child Development Centre


Pavillons Lassonde, École Polytechnique de Montréal


Joggins Fossil Centre


Science Building, University of Ontario Institute of Technology


Manitoba Hydro Place


Gleneagles Community Centre


Parks Canada – Gulf Islands Operations Center


École Lawrence Grassi Middle School


Arts and Social Sciences Complex – SFU


Abondance Montréal – Le Soleil


1220 Homer Street


North Vancouver City Library


Restoration Services Centre –
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority