On December 15, 2017, section 5 of the Building Act will require local governments wishing to set higher energy-efficiency standards than those in the BCBC to do so using the BC Energy Step Code, while current local government bylaws with technical building requirements will be rendered of no legal force. The Energy Step Code will apply to new residential construction province-wide (Part 9), and to multi-unit and commercial buildings (Part 3) in the Lower Mainland, on southern Vancouver Island, and in the south Okanagan. It enables building owners to voluntarily build to the requirements in the BC Energy Step Code or be incentivized or required to do so under local government bylaws and policies.
- Overview of the BC Energy Step Code/ Step Code Council Initiatives
- Limited overview of the Engineers and Geoscientists BC/Architectural Institute of BC Professional Practice Guidelines – Whole Building Energy Modelling Services
- Overview of the education materials and training opportunities that will be available from Engineers and Geoscientists BC, AIBC, and the Energy Step Code Council
- The application of the Energy Step Code through the lens of a municipality
- Building professionals (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, building envelope disciplines), architects, and licensees, energy modellers
- Local government (building officials, planning staff)
- Stakeholders from building industries (builders, contractors etc.)
Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., FEC
Director of Professional Practice, Standards and Development, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Harshan Radhakrishnan, P.Eng., MASc.
Practice Advisor, Professional Practice, Standards and Development, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Tim Ryce, MPhil (Eng.), P.Eng., FEC
Assistant Manager, Inspections, Community Services, City of North Vancouver
Andrew Pape-Salmon, P.Eng., MRM, FCAE
Executive Director, Building and Safety Standards Branch Office of Housing and Construction Standards Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing