This page lists all of the BC Energy Step Code resources currently available on this website. To find resources of particular interest to you, please visit Resources for Local Governments, Resources for Industry or Resources for Homeowners.
1. BC Energy Step Code Requirements and Modelling Information
- The amended Building Act General Regulation identifies two unrestricted matters enacted to support local government use of the BC Energy Step Code.
- The April 2017 amended British Columbia Building Code Regulation – provides the technical requirements of the BC Energy Step Code
- The January 2018 amended British Columbia Building Code Regulation – applies to building permit applications submitted on or after January 31, 2018
- The BC Energy Step Code convenience copy (PDF, 467KB) applies to projects applying for building permits from April 7, 2017 to January 30, 2018
- The BC Energy Step Code convenience copy (PDF, 506KB) applies to building permit applications submitted on or after January 31, 2018
- The City of Vancouver’s Energy Modelling Guidelines Version 1 (PDF), March 2017
- The City of Vancouver’s Energy Modelling Guidelines Version 2 (PDF), July 2018
- Note: The BC Energy Step Code currently references Version 1 of the City of Vancouver’s Modelling Guidelines. The Province is reviewing Version 2 with a view to updating the reference in the BC Energy Step Code. Version 2 is provided here for information only at this time. You can also review a track changes copy of Version 2.
2. Compliance Tools
BC Energy Compliance Reports – Performance Paths for Part 9 Buildings
These reports provide a standardized report template for Part 9 buildings complying with Subsection 9.36.5. or 9.36.6. of the BC Building Code.
- BC Energy Compliance Report: Pre-Construction v1.1 (PDF, 112KB)
- BC Energy Compliance Report: As-Built v1.1 (PDF, 111KB )
- Compliance Report Instruction Manual for Energy Advisors Version 1.1 (PDF, 1.2MB). This document provides:
- General guidelines for using the BC Energy Compliance Report
- A table of instructions for completing the BC Energy Compliance Report
- Details on how to use H0T2000 to calculate the BC Energy Step Code metrics
- Compliance Report Calculator Version 1.0 (XLS, 497KB). Use this document in conjunction with the Compliance Report Instruction Manual, above
- BC Energy Compliance Report Training Webinar (February 2018) – designed for EnerGuide Rating System energy advisors and service organizations, this recorded training session may interest other energy modellers as well – it introduces the BC Energy Step Code, provides a review of the BC Energy Step Code Metrics and introduces the BC Energy Compliance Report Instruction Manual and the Compliance Report Calculator
- Technical Bulletin B18-03 (PDF) (The BC Energy Compliance Reports – Performance Paths for Part 9 Buildings) – provides a plain-language description of the reports and how they can be used
3. Energy Advisors
Visit Energy Advisors to learn about what Energy Advisors do and how to find one for your building project.
Publications are listed alphabetically by title.
- An Illustrated Builder’s Guide to Meeting the BC Energy Step Code (Climate Zones 4-8) | Published by BC Housing | Expected 2018
- An Illustrated Guide on Cost-Effective Tips and Optimization for High Performance Homes and Buildings | Published by BC Housing | Expected 2018
- An Illustrated Guide to Achieving Airtight Buildings | Published by BC Housing | 2017
- BC Energy Step Code: A Best Practices Guide for Local Governments (PDF, 5MB) | Published by the Energy Step Code Council and the Building and Safety Standards Branch | 2017
- BC Energy Step Code Design Guide | Published by BC Housing | March 2018
- BC Energy Step Code Local Government Survey (PDF, 424KB) | Published by BC Housing | 2017
- BC Energy Step Code 2017 Metrics Research | Published by BC Housing and the Energy Step Code Council | 2017
- Capacity Scan for the Energy Step Code in Select BC Communities (PDF, 278KB) | Published by BC Housing | 2017
- Consumer Guide to High Performance Homes | Published by BC Housing | No date
- Design Guidelines and Construction Standards for affordable housing projects funded or financed by BC Housing | Published by BC Housing | now updated to reference the BC Energy Step Code
- Energy Step Code Training and Capacity Project Report (PDF, 4MB) | Published by the Community Energy Association and BC Hydro | 2017
- Guide to Low Energy Demand for Large Buildings | Published by BC Housing | 2018
- Illustrated Guide – Achieving Airtight Buildings | Published by BC Housing, BC Hydro and the City of Vancouver | 2017
- Market Scan in Select Industries for the BC Energy Step Code (PDF, 213KB) | Published by BC Housing | 2017
BC Energy Step Code Bulletins
- Learn how local governments adopting the BC Energy Step Code for Part 9 buildings can, at no additional cost to the builder, ensure home buyers have a home energy label that provides information about the energy performance of the home
- Read the Put a Label on It full report (PDF, 1.1MB) to learn more about the opportunities and benefits of energy labelling disclosure for new homes
BC Energy Step Code Brand Handbook
The two-volume Brand Handbook provides design and style guidance for governments, organizations, or companies that would like to use the brand to communicate accurate information about the standard to constituents, customers, or stakeholders. The Brand Handbook consists of two sections. They are distributed as separate files, but intended to be used together:
BC Energy Step Code Technical Training Series
This four-part technical-training series introduces builders and practitioners to the BC Energy Step Code, explains how it applies to Part 9 and Part 3 buildings, and reviews how local governments will enforce its requirements. Each session is about one hour.
- Part 1: Introduction to the Energy Step Code (video link) – summary (PDF, 251KB)
- Part 2: The Energy Step Code for Part 9 Buildings (video link) – summary (PDF, 252KB)
- Part 3: The Energy Step Code for Part 3 Buildings (video link) – summary (PDF, 253KB)
- Part 4: Enforcement of the Energy Step Code (video link) – summary (PDF, 275KB)
Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP)
LEEP hosts builders in collaborative forums, where they exchange insights and ideas with stakeholders. The result: Fresh insights on how to construct better, higher-performing homes more quickly and affordably.
BC Housing and BC Hydro recently co-produced a series of five videos to help demystify the various solutions that builders will be using to construct comfortable and energy-efficient new homes in communities that incentivize or require the BC Energy Step Code. Each video runs between 2:30 and 3:30. They can all be watched in about 20 minutes.
Summer 2017 Local Government Webinar Series
This three-part webinar series provided an introduction to the BC Energy Step Code.
- Webinar 1 | June 2017 | How Governments and Industry are Getting Ready for the BC Energy Step Code | external link to webinar 1
- Webinar 2 | June 2017 | A Sneak Peek Inside the BC Energy Step Code Best Practices Guide | external link to webinar 2
- Webinar 3 | July 2017 | Preliminary Insights from the BC Energy Step Code Costing Study | external link to webinar 3
Introductory Webinar on the BC Energy Step Code
The BC Energy Step Code and the Future of BC’s Built Environment (external link) addresses how how the BC Energy Step Code works, and how local governments and industry can implement it.
6. Other Resources
- Build Smart: Canada’s Building Strategy | Energy and Mines Minister’s Conference | 2017
- Energy Step Code Implementation Recommendations (PDF, 1.6MB) | Stretch Code Implementation Working Group | 2016
- Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change | National plan to meet emissions reduction targets, grow the economy, and build resilience to a changing climate
Page Last Updated: August 20, 2018.