What is BC Energy Step Code?

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.

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BC Energy STEP CODE Steps

How does it work?

The 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 an energy-efficiency target that must be met and lets the designer/builder decide how to meet it.

To comply with the 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 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.

The Step Code also supports consumer choice, by allowing designers and builders to use natural gas, electricity, or other energy sources for their project without imposing a penalty on this decision. This fuel-neutral approach provides builders with the flexibility to make energy-efficient buildings using all available technologies. This was taken from the Government of BC Energy Step Code page.

Click HERE for the official Energy Step Code website.

Which jurisdictions have implemented the BC Energy Step Code?

(last updated July 9th, 2019)

Municipalities Level of Step Code Comes into effect
Burnaby Step 1 September 1st, 2019
New Westminster Step 1 March 1st, 2019
North Vancouver Step 3 for buildings over 1,200 sqft

Step 1 Under 1,200 sq ft

July 1st, 2018
Richmond Step1 for single family and duplexes

Step 3 for low-rise townhomes under 6,000 sq ft

September 1st, 2018
Surrey Step 1 April 1st, 2019
Vancouver Own Bylaw
Victoria Step 1 November 1st, 2018
North Vancouver Step 3 July 1st, 2018
West Vancouver Step 1 for under 1,200 sq ft

Step 3 for over 1,200 sq ft

July 1st, 2018
Burnaby Step 1 September 1st, 2019
Langley Step 1 or 2 depending if it is a Development Permit Area January 1st, 2019
Abbotsford Step 1 September 1st, 2019

How can Pacific AeroBarrier help?

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