The Energy Step Code was introduced in April 2017 as a voluntary compliance option in the BC Building Code. This new standard relies on energy modelling and maps out the transition to Net Zero Energy Ready buildings in BC over the next 15 years.
This performance standard requires energy modelling and an air tightness test on all buildings, and removes many of the specific requirements for efficiency of products and equipment. This approach increases flexibility for projects but also requires greater coordination between project teams.
This presentation will provide:
• An overview of the new requirements
• Guidance for designers, builders, and trades to take advantage of the flexibility of the Energy Step Code, including research on the specific costs and design changes from the Energy Step Code
• Update on how local governments will be using the Energy Step Code in bylaws and policies, including a standardized inspection checklist.
Presenter: Zachary May is the acting Director of Policy and Codes Development with the Building and Safety Standards Branch. He is a member of the national standing committee for housing and small buildings (Part 9) with the National Research Council and participates in a number of provincial construction-related committees. In his role with the Building and Safety Standards Branch he leads a technical team responsible for developing and maintaining the BC Building Code, including the recently adopted Energy Step Code.