The BC Energy Step Code is a performance-based standard that establishes measurable requirements for energy efficiency in new construction. As of December 15, 2017, local governments may reference the standard in their policies and bylaws, and enforce its requirements.
In BC, building codes (other than the National Building Code of Canada) require professional design and field review by engineers and architects on buildings of specific sizes and types, including parts of the building codes regulating energy efficiency. To support implementation of the new standard, a number of resources have been made available by the Energy Step Code Council and the Province’s Building and Safety Standards Branch.
- BC Energy Step Code: A Best Practices Guide for Local Governments
This guide delves into the details of the standard, and offers context and information on the characteristics of each step. It highlights anticipated costs and benefits, and offers guidance on suggested timelines and effective engagement for developing a community-specific strategy for implementing the BC Energy Step Code.
- Energy Step Code: Building beyond the Standard – 2017 Metrics Research Full Report
A report on the comprehensive study of the energy, emissions, and financial impacts of the BC Energy Step Code prepared for BC Housing and the Energy Step Code Council. A major goal of this report is exploration of the costing impacts of applying various steps of the Step Code to different step archetypes across multiple climate zones in BC. The goals of these investigations are to understand if the costs of implementing the Step Code vary across archetypes and climates, and if these costs are significant enough to affect affordability.
Other resources are available, including recorded technical training videos on the BC Energy Step Code. Access the above resources or find more information on the Building Safety Standards Branch website
The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial standard enacted in April 2017 for the purpose of providing an incremental and consistent approach for the construction of more energy-efficient buildings, moving beyond the requirements of the BC Building Code. The Energy Step Code Council is a multi-sector advisory body that was established by the Province to support implementation of the BC Energy Step Code.