The BC Energy Step Code comes into effect January 2, 2020.
What is the Energy Step Code? The Step Code is a 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 implementing the Step Code for new construction with Step 1 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.
Where can I find more info? Contact staff at the Building Department at 250-544-4217 or see the following links.
Financial incentives for new and existing buildings