Reducing emissions of one detached dwelling is equivalent to taking up to 13.5 cars off the road each year!
On October 18, 2016, The Township of Douro-Dummer Council Resolution was passed to adopt and support the Greater Peterborough Climate Action Plan, with the goal of reducing Community Sector greenhouse gas emissions by 29% by 2031 from the 2011 baseline.
In consultation with Sustainable Peterborough and a local organization, Builders for Climate Action, a Sustainable Development Program is being launched. A quantifiable metric has been established to rate the buildings for design and final construction and a calculator will be available for users to input their building design to learn the total up-front carbon emissions of their material selections. By changing the materials used in conventional construction, up to 50 tonnes of CO2e are saved per dwelling.
Working with Builders for Climate Action, we will focus our target on reducing the upfront emissions of new construction through an education program and by offering a tool kit. There are financial incentives available and once we have approval from our grant application with FCM we will be able to offer a larger grant. With the creation of Sustainable Development Guidelines, we can educate and encourage new home builders and owners to develop their properties in a smart, sustainable method.
Within Peterborough County, there were 213 single detached dwellings built last year, which would be equivalent to 10,650 tonnes of CO2e saved each year if the entire County was involved in this innovative program.