Green Buildings

B.C. Energy Step Code

The Province has committed to taking incremental steps to increase energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to make buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032. The BC Energy Step Code--a part of the BC Building Code--supports that effort.

What is it?

The BC Energy Step Code is a voluntary provincial standard enacted in April 2017 that provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that go beyond the requirements of the base BC Building Code. It does so by establishing a series of measurable, performance-based energy-efficiency requirements for construction that builders can choose to build to, and communities may voluntarily choose to adopt in bylaws and policies. For more information about the B.C. Energy Step Code visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/construction-industry/building-codes-standards/energy-efficiency/energy-step-code

BC Housing has launched province-wide building smart sessions, and information for these sessions can be found here:  

https://www.bchousing.org/research-centre/building-smart?mc_cid=b396719f80&mc_eid=0305cc8cd1

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