Energy Step Code
Effective July 1, 2018, we have implemented the BC Energy Step Code, a provincial standard that provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings.
Any building permit application for new construction submitted staring July 1 will have to demonstrate compliance, and be constructed to 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|
Forms for Part 9 residential buildings
- Design verification report
- House performance report (pre-construction)
- House performance report (as-built)
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.