About the Site

This site is intended as a resource to help local governments, industry, and other stakeholders more effectively use the BC Energy Step Code. It is hosted by the Province of British Columbia, with support from the Energy Step Code Council.

About the Energy Step Code Council

In 2017, the Province of British Columbia established the Energy Step Code Council to support the successful implementation of the BC Energy Step Code and the market transition to net-zero energy ready buildings. A representative of the Province of British Columbia’s Building and Safety Standards Branch chairs the Council. Government, industry, and utility stakeholders serve as Council representatives

As an advisory body, the Council does not have any formal regulatory or administrative authority. Instead, it provides a venue for stakeholders to gather and share information, and work collaboratively to resolve issues as they arise. Informally, it serves as a  “bridge” between the provincial government, utilities, local governments, and the building, development and design sectors, to help local governments adopt the BC Energy Step Code in a prudent and coordinated manner.

The Province of British Columbia works with the Energy Step Code Council to monitor how local governments are implementing the standard, including any impacts on housing affordability and technical building requirements. Issues identified by the Council may inform future changes to the technical content of the regulation, or how it is implemented.

Under its Terms of Reference, the Council:

  • Supports the creation and dissemination of training and capacity building opportunities for local governments, industry, and other stakeholders
  • Provides advice and clarification of technical aspects of the BC Energy Step Code
  • Seeks resolution of implementation issues as they arise.

Energy Step Code Council Membership

Council Chair: Zachary May, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Vice Chairs: Bob Deeks, Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC and Robyn Wark, BC Hydro

Council Members: Represent industry; utilities and consumer interests; and local, provincial and federal governments

 

Robert Baker

Robert Baker

Represents Local Government: Building Officials’ Association of British Columbia

Chief Building Official
Township of Langley

Robert has a diversified background in building code development, education, and administration, with a focus on building envelope. His current role as the Assistant Chief Building Inspector with the Township of Langley for over ten years in the public sector was preceded by a previous role as a Building Envelope Consultant for five years in the private sector. His education background includes a Diploma of Technology in Building Engineering Technology from BCIT, the same program in which he has since been an instructor for over ten years. Robert is a both a Registered Building Official and Certified Plumbing Official.

Sean Pander

Sean Pander

Represents Local Government: City of Vancouver

Program Manager, Green Buildings
City of Vancouver

Sean started working at the City of Vancouver in 2003 and has since been at the forefront of enacting the city’s ambitious Climate Change Action Plans and Greenest City Action Plan. In his current role, Sean oversees the drafting and implementation of some of the most ambitious local government building energy efficiency and performance targets in British Columbia.

Garrett Schipper

Garrett Schipper

Represents Local Government: Local Government Management Association

Manager of Building and Regulatory Enforcement
City of Chilliwack

Garrett manages the Building and Bylaw Enforcement Departments at the City of Chilliwack. He is also responsible for the Health and Safety Inspection Team.

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Emilie Adin

Represents Local Government: Planning Institute of British Columbia

Director, Community Services
City of North Vancouver

Emilie Adin, RPP, LEED® AP, is the City of North Vancouver’s Director of Community Services. Emilie came to the City of North Vancouver in 2009, and was previously at the City of Langford as the Deputy City Planner.

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Brendan McEwen

Represents Local Government: Union of BC Municipalities

Co-Chair, Communications and Training Sub-Committee, Energy Step Code Council

Sustainability Manager
City of Richmond

Brendan McEwen is the Sustainability Manager at the City of Richmond, and represents the Union of BC Municipalities on the Energy Step Code Council. Brendan joined the City of Richmond in 2013, where he implements Richmond’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan, including a range of strategies to reduce emissions from the built environment and transportation systems. Prior to his work with the City of Richmond, Brendan was Associate Director of the MIT CoLab Green Economic Development Initiative. Brendan holds a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which focused on energy policy.

Rory Tooke

Rory Tooke

Represents Local Government: Union of BC Municipalities

Manager – Sustainability, Assets & Support Services
City of Victoria

John Madden

John Madden

Represents Local Government: University of British Columbia

Director, Sustainability and Engineering
University of British Columbia

John directs the activities of the Sustainability and Engineering Division within Campus and Community Planning. Sustainability and Engineering is responsible for setting policy on resource and infrastructure management plans, operational sustainability planning and reporting, creating incentives for sustainable behaviours among staff, faculty and students, green building programs and providing engineering services for land use planning and permitting processes. John is responsible for advising the UBC Okanagan campus efforts in sustainability and infrastructure management planning and ensuring alignment between the University Sustainability Initiative and Campus Sustainability.

Jason Jung

Represents Industry: Applied Science Technologists and Technicians B.C.

Manager, Professional Practice & Development
Applied Science Technologists and Technicians B.C.

Jason Jung, AScT, joined ASTTBC in 2005 and has worked across a number of portfolios for the province’s 8th largest professional regulatory body. As Manager, Professional Practice, his key area of focus is the development of professional practice areas and standards of practice for engineering and applied science technologists and technicians. Prior to joining ASTTBC, Jason spent eight years as a Project Manager for a consulting mechanical engineering firm, managing residential, commercial and industrial HVAC, and plumbing design projects.

Maura Gatensby

Maura Gatensby

Represents Industry: Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Practice Advisor
Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Maura is a registered architect with many years’ experience in private practice. In 2011, she returned to private practice from her former position as the AIBC’s Director of Professional Services while maintaining a part-time role as Practice Advisor through which she shares professional advice to both practitioners and the general public on a range of architectural practice matters.

She has presented numerous workshops and seminars on building code, building envelope and professional practice issues. In 1998, Ms. Gatensby was awarded the Architectural Institute of BC’s Special Certificate of Recognition.

Warren Perks

Warren Perks

Represents Industry: British Columbia Construction Association

Vice President, Director of Industry Practices
British Columbia Construction Association

Warren Perks leads the British Columbia Construction Association, and integrated groups as VP and Director of Industry Practices, promoting the adoption of standards and practices for the BC construction sector on numerous matters. Starting out as a draftsperson and working extensively as a construction project manager in Alberta and British Columbia, Warren brings hands-on experience and understanding on numerous construction sector issues. Warren is a significant player in the development and implementation of online bidding, and continues to influence the evolution of building regulation, standard documents and construction practices. Through the Public Construction Council, numerous Standards and Practices Committees and his ongoing administration of the BCCA’s BidCentral online tendering services for public construction projects, he is focused on establishing strong processes which reflect industry needs and practices while maximizing the return on investment.

Muneesh Sharma

Muneesh Sharma

Represents Industry: Building Owners and Managers Association of BC

Director of Government Affairs and Communications
Building Owners and Managers Association of BC

Bob Deeks

Bob Deeks

Represents Industry: Canadian Home Builders’ Association of B.C.

Vice Chair, Energy Step Code Council

President, RDC Fine Homes

Bob Deeks is owner and President of RDC Fine Homes Inc. located in Whistler BC. RDC is an award winning builder involved in the construction and renovation of both single-family and multi-family residences with a focus on sustainable, healthy, high-performance construction. Bob is a past president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association BC and was awarded Whistler’s Business Person of the Year in 2015. He is currently Chair for CHBA’s Net-Zero Council and is a member of the Standing Committee for Housing and Small Buildings for the development of the National Building Code, sitting on numerous task groups and working groups

Harshan Radhakrishnan

Harshan Radhakrishnan

Represents Industry: Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia

Practice Advisor
Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia

In his role at EGBC, Harshan supports government relations programs as they relate to areas of climate action, adaptation, management of potable water, sustainability, and energy efficiency. This includes providing professional practice and ethics guidance to the Association, the public and members/licensees on matters related to the professional and ethical practice of engineering and geoscience in BC and through Engineers Canada, nationally. Harshan also provides staff support to EGBC’s climate change advisory group, sustainability committee, and other designated committees, including the BC Energy Step Code Council.

Mark Sakai

Mark Sakai

Represents Industry: Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association

Director of Government Relations
Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association

Mark Sakai joined the GVHBA in January of 2013, and brings a decade of experience in custom home building and seven years as a land development consultant to the role of Director of Government Relations. Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Urban Land Economics) from UBC, and has also spent eleven years working in the museums and heritage field, at a National Historic Site in Steveston, and a Museum and Archives in Delta.

Lindsay Langill

Represents Industry: Independent Contractors and Businesses Association

Vice President
Independent Contractors and Businesses Association

Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher

Represents Industry: Urban Development Institute

Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor
Urban Development Institute

Jeff Fisher is the Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor for the Urban Development Institute (UDI), Pacific Region. He joined the Institute in 2004 as the Director of Municipal Affairs and Research, and is responsible for UDI’s relations with local governments, including the Institute’s numerous Municipal Liaison Committees. He sits on several Provincial Government committees such as the Development Finance Review Committee. Prior to joining UDI, Jeff was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. In this capacity, he was involved in numerous issues including Building Code reform, the development of a new Ontario Municipal Act, pension governance, labour issues and emergency services.

Wilma Leung

Wilma Leung

Represents Utilities and Consumer Interest: BC Housing

Senior Manager, Technical Research and Education
BC Housing

Wilma Leung 梁 詠 梅 has extensive experience in government administration, engineering, building science, environmental management, and building design and construction. In her latest role in technical research and education, she works to improve the quality of residential construction in B.C.. She has previously been a design-build entrepreneur for 16 years, and a member of Canada’s R-2000 Standard Renewal Committee. Driven to learn, Wilma has always been active in learned societies, and in technology transfer and outreach.

Wilma was cited twice by the BC Homes Magazine as one of “B.C.’s Top-20 Most Influential People in Residential Construction,” recognizing her in 2008 for being the “Green Machine” and in 2010 for “Making Things Happen.”

Robyn Wark

Robyn Wark

Represents Utilities and Consumer Interest: BC Hydro

Vice-Chair, Energy Step Code Council

Team Lead, Sustainable Communities
BC Hydro

Robyn Wark, MRM MCIP, is Team Lead of BC Hydro’s Sustainable Community program, which runs the Community Energy Manager network in British Columbia. She sits on numerous boards and committees, including the BC Energy Step Code Council (Vice-Chair), Community Energy Association Board, and QUEST BC (Vice-Chair). Having worked as a consultant, local government planner, and educator, Robyn has a deep understanding of sustainability program design, energy efficiency market trends, and policy and incentive opportunities. She excels at organizational development, team-building, change management, coaching, and professional development. Her work has won multiple awards from associations such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC). In 2013 she was awarded the PIBC Individual Award for Leadership in Advocacy & Innovation.

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Bea Bains

Represents Utilities and Consumer Interest: FortisBC

Energy Products and Services, Energy Solutions
FortisBC

Bea joined FortisBC in 2006 as a financial professional. Today, Bea provides leadership in the effective execution of business and market development activities including strategic negotiations and completion of contracts to support the development and investment of new and existing product offerings at FortisBC

Christine Gillis

Represents: Federal Government

Director, Housing Division
Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

Christine Gillis is the Director of the Housing Division of the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The organization helps Canadian homeowners save energy, money and reduce their carbon footprint by providing tools and standards that improve the energy performance of new and existing homes. NRCan’s EnerGuide Rating System provides a consumption-based energy performance rating for homes, while ENERGY STAR and R-2000 provide government-backed standards for the construction of new, energy-efficient homes. NRCan’s tools and standards support provincial, municipal and utility home-energy programming and regulations.

Tom Berkhout

Tom Berkhout

Represents Provincial Government: Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Senior Policy Analyst
Energy Efficiency Branch

Tom Berkhout is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Energy Efficiency Branch of the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines. In 2013, he completed a Ph.D. at UBC in Resource Management and Environmental Studies where he studied innovation, transformational change in complex social and technological systems, and energy efficiency and conservation in B.C.’s built environment. Tom has also worked closely with community organizations on a number of urban sustainability related issues and was the general manager of a small business for several years.

Zachary May

Zachary May

Represents Provincial Government: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Chair, Energy Step Code Council

Director, Policy and Codes Development
Building and Safety Standards Branch

Zac joined BSSB in May 2012 as Compliance Advisor for Energy Efficiency. Today, in his role as the Director, Policy and Codes Development, Zac focusses on leading and advising project groups, developing and drafting technical regulations and policies related to construction and safety systems. He works intensively with and advises a range of industry and government stakeholders with the objective to improve building construction and performance in BC.

Heike Schmidt

Heike Schmidt

Represents Provincial Government: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Senior Planner, Planning and Land Use Management Branch
Local Government Division

Heike Schmidt, RPP, Dipl.-Ing., is a registered professional urban planner with a formal technical planning education from Germany. After immigrating to Canada, Heike worked with CitySpaces Consulting on land use planning projects with local governments and the development industry. Heike has been working with the Ministry’s Local Government Division since 2008.

Council Members by Organization

Local Government

Building Officials’ Association of British Columbia
City of Vancouver
Local Government Management Association
Planning Institute of British Columbia
Union of BC Municipalities
University of British Columbia

Industry

Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia
Architectural Institute of British Columbia
British Columbia Construction Association
Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia
Canadian Home Builders’ Association of British Columbia
Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia
Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association
Independent Contractors and Businesses Association
Urban Development Institute

Utilities and Consumer Interest

BC Housing
BC Hydro
FortisBC

Federal Government

Natural Resources Canada

Provincial Government

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Page last updated: May 17, 2018.