This page has information about two Part 9 tools:

Part 9 Energy Compliance Reports

What they’re for and how to use them

The BC Energy Compliance Reports (Performance Paths for Part 9 Buildings) provide a standardized report template for Part 9 buildings complying with Subsection 9.36.5. or 9.36.6. of the BC Building Code.

This form can demonstrate Part 9 residential Energy Step Code compliance to an Authority Having Jurisdiction because it provides the information required by Article (PDF) of the BC Building Code.

There are two sets of reporting packages: the BC Building Code 2018 version and the BC Building Code 2012 version. Each version has four parts:

  1. Pre-Construction Report
    • For builders to submit to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) when applying for a building permit, to demonstrate that the designed building complies with the BC Building Code’s energy-efficiency requirements
  2. As-Built Report
    • For builders to submit to the AHJ following construction and prior to final inspection or occupancy, to verify airtightness and energy-performance requirements
  3. Compliance Report Instruction Manual for Energy Advisors
    • Provides general guidelines for using the BC Energy Compliance Report
    • Includes a table of instructions for completing the BC Energy Compliance Report
    • Outlines how to use H0T2000 to calculate the BC Energy Step Code metrics
  4. Compliance Report Calculator
    • To be used with the Compliance Report Instruction Manual to create the reports

Technical Bulletins that may be useful for Energy Advisors and other report users include:

Available versions of the reports

For building permits dated Dec. 12, 2019 to present (BC Building Code 2018 Rev. 2, 3, and 4)

This version of the manual and the report/calculator provides instructions on using the BCBC 2018 TEDI compliance option as well as the two new compliance options introduced in BCBC 2018 Revision 2: the adjusted TEDI and the Building Envelope % Performance Improvement over the EnerGuide Reference House.

For building permits dated Dec. 10, 2018 to Dec. 11, 2019 (BC Building Code 2018 Rev. 1)

This version can be used for any Part 9 residential building. In addition, it provides guidance for how to model and test attached ground-oriented residential buildings that are not considered multi-unit residential buildings under the EnerGuide Rating System. These include semi-detached and attached buildings such as side-by-side duplexes, triplexes, townhomes and row homes. There are no separate PDFs of the Pre-Construction or As-Built reports as the report calculator automatically generates them.

  1. Download the instruction manual for Energy Advisors, updated Oct. 2020 (PDF, 1.8MB)
  2. Download the form (BCBC 2018 Rev. 1 Compliance Report Calculator and Report Generator, updated Oct. 2020) (XLSX)

For building permits older than Dec. 10, 2018 (BC Building Code 2012 Rev. 11 and 12)

This version of the reports (and associated tools) is for projects complying with BC Building Code 2012.

  1. Pre-Construction Report (PDF)
  2. As-Built  Report (PDF)
  3. Compliance Report Instruction Manual for Energy Advisors (PDF, 1.2MB)
  4. Compliance Report Calculator Version (XLS)

Video training

Watch a recorded webinar about how to complete and submit the reports. The video has 20 chapters and takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes to view.

For a better experience, watch the full video on YouTube.

Video chapters:

00:00 — Intro and agenda
03:29 — Part A: What is the BC Energy Step Code?
16:03 — Common issues and errors
22:49 — What does the BC Energy Step Code measure?
25:18 — What’s the Metric?
26:36 — Air Changes Per Hour (ACH)
31:57 — %-Lower Than ERS Reference House (%-less than REF)
34:17 — Mechanical Energy Use Intensity (MEUI)
41:35 — Thermal Energy Demand Intensity (TEDI)
43:13 — Adjusted Thermal Energy Demand Intensity (Adjusted TEDI)
46:38 — %-Better Envelope Than Reference House (%BERTH)
51:08 — BC Energy Step Code Compliance Report user manual
1:00:40 — Ground-oriented attached Part 9 buildings (Non-MURB)
1:06:28 — Review of resources
1:10:58 — Part B: Report Generator training
1:11:33 — Tab overview
1:37:22 — Model the HOT2000 file for the ‘%BERTH’ metric
2:05:18 — Extract data from HOT2000 and enter into the calculators
2:52:42 — Fill out the Compliance Reports
3:15:03 — Outro: Questions and contacts

Training video for older report versions

This February 2018 recorded training session is based on the BC Building Code 2012 version of the reports. The training session:

  • Is designed for EnerGuide Rating System Energy Advisors and service organizations
  • Introduces the BC Energy Step Code, reviews the 2012 BC Energy Step Code Metrics, and introduces the BC Energy Compliance Report Instruction Manual and the Compliance Report Calculator

Quick start guide to the BCBC 2018 report versions

The BC Building Code 2018 version of the reports includes several updates. As explained in the Compliance Report Instruction Manual, features of the Microsoft Excel BC Energy Step Code Compliance Calculator and integrated Report Generator include:

Calculator tool

This assists with the calculations for Section D and the additional metrics for Section F of the BC Energy Compliance Report. By entering data from the HOT2000 energy model, selecting the project’s Climate Zone, entering cooling system capacity, and the required ‘Step’, this tool calculates the Mechanical Energy Use Intensity (MEUI), ERS Rating % Lower Than EnerGuide Reference House, and Thermal Energy Demand Intensity (TEDI) for Section D, and Other Energy Modelling Metrics for Section F. The calculator also compares the calculated Step Code Metrics to the selected required Step and determines which metric the home passed and the overall result.

Report generator

This tool generates the Pre-Construction and As-Built Compliance Reports. The calculated metrics do not have to be transferred to a separate document (such as a PDF version of the Compliance Report). Various other sections of the reports will also auto-populate to save the Energy Advisor time and reduce potential for data entry errors.

When using the Compliance Report Calculator and Report Generator:

  • Update your Microsoft Excel software to a recent version of the software. Legacy versions of Microsoft Excel may not be supported and could affect the functionality of the calculator
  • When using the calculator, or doing manual calculations, ensure the HOT2000 file is set to metric units
  • Keep the P-file (Pre-Construction) section of the calculator static when updating the As-Built report to keep a record of what had been submitted. In other words, do not update the Proposed House and Proposed Reference House entries in the P-file (Pre-Construction) section of the calculator when doing the As-Built and As-Built Reference House entries
  • For a detailed description on how to calculate “% Building’s Conditioned Space Served by Space-Cooling Equipment” for determining the MEUI target see Appendix IX
  • If you have questions about the functionality of the calculator, check the Compliance Report Instruction Manual for Energy Advisors and/or the instructions tabs in the Excel Compliance Calculator and Report Generator

Mid-Construction Verification Report

A Mid-Construction Verification Report assesses the airtightness of a building partway through the construction process. Testing mid-construction enables changes to be made – if needed – to improve the building’s airtightness prior to building completion when such changes can be costly. This report also enables Energy Advisors and energy modellers to document installation of energy-efficiency components identified in the Pre-Construction Report.

Although mid-construction testing is not a requirement of the BC Building Code, some local governments require builders to submit a Mid-Construction Verification Report as an administrative procedure for implementing the BC Energy Step Code. Using a standard format makes it easier for Energy Advisors and energy modellers to complete the report, and for building officials to review it.

Check with your local building official to see if this report is required.

Page last updated: April 15, 2021.