Energy Step Code

A building permit application for new construction must demonstrate compliance with the BC Energy Step Code, a provincial standard that provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings.

Construction must demonstrate compliance, and meet these steps:

Building type Description Required step
Part 9 residential Single family home, coach house, smaller townhouse Step 3
Part 3 residential  Larger multi-family and apartment projects Step 2 (Step 3 if a rezoning was required)
Part 3 commercial Larger commercial, office, and retail buildings Step 1

Learn more about the BC Energy Step Code

Following the approval of our Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP), we are proposing a change in requirements for all new construction (residential and non-residential) to higher steps in the BC Energy Step Code. Questions or comments? Contact us at

Required forms

Forms for Part 9 residential buildings

Forms for Part 3 residential and commercial buildings

More about the BC Energy Step Code

The BC Energy Step Code takes a new, performance-based approach rather than the traditional prescriptive approach.

The BC Energy Step Code does not specify how to construct a building, but identifies a building energy-efficiency target that must be met, and lets the designer/builder, working with an energy advisor, decide how to meet it

How to comply

To comply with the BC Energy Step Code, builders must use energy modelling software and on-site testing to demonstrate that both their design and the constructed building meet the requirements of the BC Energy Step Code.

The new standard empowers builders to pursue innovative, creative, cost-effective solutions, and allows them to incorporate leading-edge technologies as they come available.

Get complete details from the Province of BC

Find helpful industry resources from the Province's Building and Safety Standards Branch

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