Vancouver Explores Possibility of Enclosed Glass Balconies Without Effecting FSR

Vancouver Explores Possibility of Enclosed Glass Balconies Without Effecting FSR

  • Business
  • Policy
  • Vancouver
July 14, 2020

There is great news for those who lives in apartment. In an environment where new construction of multi-family residential units getting smaller and smaller in core areas of the city, balcony becomes an important aspect, or consideration when choosing a location to live.

The city of Vancouver is considering the city’s bylaws to permit the installation of retractable glass panel system on balconies of apartment building. The enclosed balcony space “WILL NOT” count towards the total floor area of the unit and it will not affect the FSR (Floor Space Ratio). This means a small cost to install the retractable window could grant the resident a much larger living space for all seasons.

Michael Geller, local architect, spoke during a city council meeting that balcony spaces were not used often due to inclement weather. “The retractable glass panel could protect the balconies from wind, rain, and air pollution as well as noise form transit”. By adding another layer of protection will help with insulation reducing energy costs.

In the past, balconies were included in the FSR calculation. As a result, developer avoided building balconies at all cost because homebuyer value interior more because of usability. It was until 1964 that balconies were exempt from FSR, but only 8% of the unit’s total floor area. However, we are seeing more development building larger balconies than ever before and it is good news increasing overall effective living spaces. The proposal is still in early stages, our team of Vancouver real estate advisors would like to this happen soon.

Yoyoe Lu

Founder and managing principal

Yoyoe is the founder and managing principal of Claridge. She was ranked one of Vancouver’s top real estate agents. Currently, Yoyoe is our strategic mind leading the team to success. Her affiliation with industry professionals put her ahead of our competitors. Yoyoe is also part of the Rotary Club of West Vancouver, Canadian Homebuilders Association, Urban Land Institute and Urban Development Institute.

Ashley Osborn

Development Site and Investment Specialist

Ashely is our lead land and investment advisor. He has been consistently featured in the annual top 100 real estate deals of British Columbia ranking. With over $15 billion worth of domestic and international real estate investments under his belt, Ashley is one of the top agents in the province. His 20 years of real estate and financial experience make him a master in negotiation and acquisition.

Patricia Wong Chong

Investment and Leasing Specialist

Patricia is our investment and retail leasing advisor. Her experience in brokerage and market research analysis has helped her comprise over $550 million in commercial real estate transactions. Patricia is responsible, detail-oriented, and professional. Her strong work ethic and positive attitude have led her to surpass all her competitors.

Schumann Li

Land Assembly & Residential Specialist

Schumann is a top-producing realtor in the Lower Mainland with more than 30 years’ experience. Over the years, Schumann hasn’t just garnered awards, but the trust of countless customers. Her clients continually refer to her outstanding professionalism, work ethic and poise.

Wendy Kaip

Sales Associate

Whether it’s decoding city policies, strategizing relocation plans, home sellers looking for a trustworthy advisor to unlock their property’s maximum potential- Wendy is here to help every step along the way.

Prior to real estate, Wendy spent over a decade in the mining industry with her attention to detail, keen negotiation skills, extensive network and strong reputation for getting the deal done, bringing endless value to her current real estate clients.

Whether you are thinking about selling to a developer, or have more questions about commercial real estate, Wendy invites you to connect, to see how she can utilize her expertise and team to help create value and maximize your real estate goals.

Simon Chan

Managing Broker

Simon is the managing broker of Claridge Real Estate Advisors Inc. His expertise has helped our agents resolve many difficulties. Not only is Simon knowledgeable with real estate legislation, but he is also very detail orientated. With Simon on our team, our agents are confident to conduct businesses and will always get the support they need to ensure they’re not walking on dirty water.

Frank Zhou


As the analyst of the company, my key job is to help brokers to find marketable clients and locate feasible development sites by collecting and analyzing up-to-date market transaction data and conducting target market and property-level research. Meanwhile, I am also in charge of maintaining the company’s property database to ensure accuracy and comprehensiveness and continuously upgrading the level of knowledge by staying up to date with hot topics, and market trends, and incorporating findings into everyday work. Before joining the company, I worked for CR Group as a real estate investment manager, focusing on capital raising, equity and debt financing, acquisition and renovation. I hold 2 master’s degrees, one in Housing Management and the other in Economics.