Competency framework for energy advisors and energy modellers
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.
- 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
- Accreditation of training programs
- Performance improvement
- Career development
Energy advisors and energy modellers are encouraged to assess their own competencies and improve their knowledge and skills as needed.
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.
- Building Smart seminars, workshops and webinars provide you with best practices, up-to-date research and building code information for the construction and design of homes in B.C.
- Building Science for New Homes
- BC Energy Step Code for Builders and BC Energy Step Code for Energy Advisors
Page last updated: June 2, 2021.