Resources for Industry
The resources on this page will be of particular interest to builders, developers, architects, designers, and other industry practitioners.
1. BC Energy Step Code Requirements
- 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
- Ministerial Order BA 2018 2 amending the BC Building Code (BC Energy Step Code) – applies to building permit applications submitted on or after December 10, 2018
- Technical Bulletin B18-08 describes the changes to the BC Energy Step Code effective December 10, 2018
BC Energy Step Code Convenience Copies
- 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 from January 31, 2018 to December 9, 2018
City of Vancouver Energy Modelling Guidelines
- 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
- You can also review a track changes copy of Version 2
- Prior to December 10, 2018, the BC Energy Step Code referenced Version 1 of the City of Vancouver’s Modelling Guidelines; effective December 10, 2018, it references 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)
- BC Energy Compliance Report: As-Built v1.1 (PDF)
- Compliance Report Instruction Manual for Energy Advisors Version 1.1 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
- The Compliance Report Instruction Manual 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
- In addition, industry may use the Compliance Report Calculator v1.0 (Excel. 497 KB) in conjunction with the Compliance Report Instruction Manual
- The Compliance Report Instruction Manual provides:
- 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
BC Housing Publications
BC Housing, a provincial crown corporation, undertakes research and education to benefit the residential construction industry and consumers across the province. In particular, under the provisions of the Homeowner Protection Act, the agency works to improve the quality of residential construction in British Columbia.
In support of the above mandate, BC Housing is developing a variety of resources to increase industry familiarity with the BC Energy Step Code:
- An Illustrated Guide to Achieving Airtight Buildings | 2017
- This guide is an industry resource to design, build and test airtight buildings. It also consolidates information on achieving airtightness in buildings, with a focus on larger or more complex building types while ensuring building enclosure performance, including moisture management, thermal performance and durability
- BC Energy Step Code Builder Guide | 2018
- This guide provides information on the key strategies and approaches that builders can use to meet the BC Energy Step Code for houses and low-rise (Part 3 and Part 9) wood-frame residential buildings up to six storeys. It’s a companion work to the BC Energy Step Code Design Guide.
- BC Energy Step Code Design Guide | 2018
- This guide provides information on the key strategies and approaches to meeting the Energy Step Code in mid- and high-rise (Part 3) wood-frame and non-combustible residential buildings within B.C.
- Guide to Low Thermal Energy Demand for Large Buildings | 2018
- This guide aims to broaden the common understanding of how large buildings can meet higher levels of performance as required by Passive House, BC Energy Step Code, City of Vancouver Zero Emission Building Plan and City of Toronto Zero Emissions Building Framework – this guide has a focus on current Canadian code requirements, construction practice and tested systems
BC Energy Step Code Metrics Research Report
The BC Energy Step Code Metrics Research Report presents the findings of a comprehensive exploration of the energy, emissions and economic impacts of the BC Energy Step Code. The research represents one of the most extensive energy analyses of buildings in Canada.
- 2017 Metrics Research Summary Report (PDF, 2MB)
- 2017 Metrics Research Full Report (PDF, 3MB)
- 2018 Metrics Research Full Report Update (PDF, 4.4MB)
Visit Case Studies to learn how and why builders and communities are using British Columbia’s new energy-performance building standard.
- Professional Practice Guidelines: Whole Building Energy Modelling Services | Published by Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia | 2018
4. Energy Advisors
Visit Energy Advisors to learn what Energy Advisors do, and find one for your building project.
5. 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.
6. Incentive Programs
Learn about a range of financial incentive programs for energy-efficient buildings constructed in B.C. for
- residential renovations
- residential new construction
- commercial renovations
- commercial new construction
Better Buildings BC: The Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge
Better Buildings BC is a provincial incentive program and juried competition designed to support, promote and celebrate the design and construction of net-zero energy-ready buildings. Expressions of interest must be submitted to the Program Administrator no later than 11:59pm on November 30, 2018.
- Visit Better Buildings BC: The Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge for more information and application information
BC Energy Step Code Technical Training Series
This four-part technical-training series introduces builders and practitioners to the BC Energy Step Code it, 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)
Page Last Updated: December 10, 2018.