BC Energy Step Code

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The City of Castlegar has recently committed to the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code. The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial regulation that local governments in British Columbia may use if they wish to incentivize or require a level of energy efficiency in new construction that goes above and beyond the requirements of the BC Building Code.


BC ENERGY STEP CODE TIMELINES FOR CITY OF CASTLEGAR

STEP 1 Building Bylaw Amendment DECEMBER 2020 Building Energy Modelling

STEP 2 Building Bylaw Amendment DECEMBER 2022 Increase 10% Energy Efficiency

STEP 3 Building Bylaw Amendment DECEMBER 2022 Increase 20% Energy Efficiency


WHAT IS THE BC ENERGY STEP CODE?
The BC Energy Step Code is a performance based approach to meeting the energy performance requirements of the BC Building Code. This approach establishes a desired outcome and leaves it to the design and building team to decide on how to achieve it. To comply with the BC Energy Step Code, builders must use energy software modelling and on-site testing to demonstrate that both their design and the constructed building meet the requirements of the standard. They may use any materials or construction methods to do so.


HOW WILL THIS EFFECT ME?
The BC Energy Step Code establishes a series of measurable energy-efficiency requirements that builders must meet in communities that adopt it. The BC Energy Step Code groups these performance requirements into a series of steps of increasing energy efficiency. Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code is considered enhanced compliance. Step 1 simply requires builders to confirm that their new building meets the existing energy-efficiency requirements of the existing BC Building Code. A Step 5 building represents a home that is net-zero energy ready.

Builders can easily achieve Steps 1 to 3 (the Lower Steps) by using construction techniques and products readily understood and locally available. Many builders are already achieving these standards. Homes built to Steps 4 and 5 (the Upper Steps) are more ambitious and will require more training and incentives to achieve. The adoption of the BC Energy Step Code will assist in reducing community wide energy use and supports the Province of British Columbia Clean BC report which has indicated that all new construction will need to be 20% more efficient by 2022 and net-zero energy ready by 2032.


HOW DO I REACH AN ENERGY ADVISOR?
Better Homes BC keeps an up to date list of qualified professionals who can help you with your project. For more information, please visit their website at: Better Homes BC


WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BC ENERGY STEP CODE?

There are many great resources out there to learn more about the BC Energy Step Code. We recommend the following sites as a start to your learning:

BC Energy Step Code
Community Energy Association
BC Housing

The City of Castlegar will also be providing for local training needs over the next five years. To keep informed of local training opportunities both here and within the Regional District of Central Kootenay, please sign up for our newsletter or mailing list.


REGIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM
The City of Castlegar is a participant in the Regional Energy Efficiency Program which helps support those wishing to pursue energy efficiency in existing buildings. For more information on this program please visit the RDCK's project page: Regional Energy Efficiency Program

The City of Castlegar has recently committed to the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code. The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial regulation that local governments in British Columbia may use if they wish to incentivize or require a level of energy efficiency in new construction that goes above and beyond the requirements of the BC Building Code.


BC ENERGY STEP CODE TIMELINES FOR CITY OF CASTLEGAR

STEP 1 Building Bylaw Amendment DECEMBER 2020 Building Energy Modelling

STEP 2 Building Bylaw Amendment DECEMBER 2022 Increase 10% Energy Efficiency

STEP 3 Building Bylaw Amendment DECEMBER 2022 Increase 20% Energy Efficiency


WHAT IS THE BC ENERGY STEP CODE?
The BC Energy Step Code is a performance based approach to meeting the energy performance requirements of the BC Building Code. This approach establishes a desired outcome and leaves it to the design and building team to decide on how to achieve it. To comply with the BC Energy Step Code, builders must use energy software modelling and on-site testing to demonstrate that both their design and the constructed building meet the requirements of the standard. They may use any materials or construction methods to do so.


HOW WILL THIS EFFECT ME?
The BC Energy Step Code establishes a series of measurable energy-efficiency requirements that builders must meet in communities that adopt it. The BC Energy Step Code groups these performance requirements into a series of steps of increasing energy efficiency. Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code is considered enhanced compliance. Step 1 simply requires builders to confirm that their new building meets the existing energy-efficiency requirements of the existing BC Building Code. A Step 5 building represents a home that is net-zero energy ready.

Builders can easily achieve Steps 1 to 3 (the Lower Steps) by using construction techniques and products readily understood and locally available. Many builders are already achieving these standards. Homes built to Steps 4 and 5 (the Upper Steps) are more ambitious and will require more training and incentives to achieve. The adoption of the BC Energy Step Code will assist in reducing community wide energy use and supports the Province of British Columbia Clean BC report which has indicated that all new construction will need to be 20% more efficient by 2022 and net-zero energy ready by 2032.


HOW DO I REACH AN ENERGY ADVISOR?
Better Homes BC keeps an up to date list of qualified professionals who can help you with your project. For more information, please visit their website at: Better Homes BC


WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BC ENERGY STEP CODE?

There are many great resources out there to learn more about the BC Energy Step Code. We recommend the following sites as a start to your learning:

BC Energy Step Code
Community Energy Association
BC Housing

The City of Castlegar will also be providing for local training needs over the next five years. To keep informed of local training opportunities both here and within the Regional District of Central Kootenay, please sign up for our newsletter or mailing list.


REGIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM
The City of Castlegar is a participant in the Regional Energy Efficiency Program which helps support those wishing to pursue energy efficiency in existing buildings. For more information on this program please visit the RDCK's project page: Regional Energy Efficiency Program