The BC Energy Step Code is an optional compliance path in the BC Building Code that local governments may use to require a level of energy efficiency in new construction that goes above and beyond the requirements of the BC Building Code.
Why is this important? To meet the targets set in the Climate Leadership Plan, the District is reviewing options for implementing the Step Code for new construction. While Council has not yet adopted the Building Bylaw amendments, it is recommended that Step 1 be implemented in 2020, and for 2021, either Step 2 or 3, depending on building type.
What does this mean? Step 1 is simple: Just construct to the BC Building Code. The only additional requirement is to consult with a certified Energy Advisor to model and test your new build. While there are no specific targets to meet, it does allow you an opportunity to become familiar with the principles of energy efficient construction: airtightness; building envelope; and, heating, venting and cooling equipment. This transition year will give the builders opportunities to improve construction techniques and create more airtight building assemblies.
More details will follow in Oct/Nov 2019, but in the meantime, contact staff at the Building Department at 250-544-4217 or see the following links.
Available incentives for new and existing buildings
BetterHomesBC.ca for houses
BetterBuildingsBC.ca for commercial projects