The BC Energy Step Code compliance competency framework for energy advisors and energy modellers describes the knowledge and skills energy advisors and energy modellers should have when working on BC Energy Step Code Part 9 residential buildings.

The framework:

  • Is modelled on the competency profiles prepared by Natural Resources Canada for the EnerGuide Rating System exams
  • Lists distinct categories of competencies
  • Identifies publicly available reference materials you can use to learn about each competency
  • Is a living document and expected to evolve with any future changes to the BC Energy Step Code

Why we have it

An energy advisor (EA) registered with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) means that the person has met and maintained all required qualifications to deliver EnerGuide Rating services for eligible homes in Canada. In general, energy advisors have to show they have knowledge and experience in key areas such as:

  • The EnerGuide Rating System
  • Residential construction practices for low-rise housing
  • Energy-efficiency renovation practices
  • Building science
  • Energy modelling using HOT2000 software

Natural Resources Canada sets qualification requirements for the EnerGuide Rating System, not for the BC Energy Step Code.

For this reason, City Green was engaged to develop this framework, guided by a group of industry professionals and the provincial government.

How to use it

The framework can be used for many purposes, including:

  • Curriculum development
  • Training
  • Accreditation of training programs
  • Recruitment
  • Performance improvement
  • Career development

Energy advisors and energy modellers are encouraged to assess their own competencies and improve their knowledge and skills as needed.

Further resources

Many organizations offer training in the BC Energy Step Code. If you’re an energy advisor or energy modeller looking to enhance your skills,  the training offered by the Energy Step Code Council member organizations is a great place to start. Here’s some ideas to get you going.

BC Housing

Canadian Home Builders’ Association of B.C.

You can also check out Training Opportunities and the Events Calendar.

Page last updated: June 2, 2021.