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BC Housing Builder Guides

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. BC Housing has developed a variety of resources to increase industry familiarity with the BC Energy Step Code.


BC Energy Step Code Builder Guide

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

Image of the cover of the BC Energy Step Code Design Guide

The guide will help local governments and industry understand the benefits and impacts of key design strategies necessary to achieve each step of the standard, including both mechanical and envelope strategies. It also offers a graphic explanation of more detailed implementation tactics related to heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) solutions and strategies.

Design Guide Supplement on Overheating and Air Quality

The Design Guide Supplement on Overheating and Air Quality provides information on the key strategies and approaches necessary to reduce the impacts of a warmer climate on mid- and high-rise (Part 3) wood-frame and noncombustible residential buildings within British Columbia.

Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide

This guide aims to help the B.C. construction sector realize more energy-efficient buildings by looking at current obstacles and showing opportunities to improve building envelope thermal performance. Version 1.2 expands the thermal performance catalogue with additional data for many newly analyzed assemblies and details. This includes more cladding attachment systems, window interfaces, precast concrete interfaces, wood-frame and brick veneer walls, and other thermal mitigation systems.

Guide to Low Thermal Energy Demand for Large Buildings

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.

Illustrated Guide – Achieving Airtight BuildingsImage of the cover of the Illustrated Guide - Achieving Airtight Buildings

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. Published by BC Housing, BC Hydro and the City of Vancouver.


Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP)

LEEP enables builders to reduce their time and risk by using innovations that can help them build higher performance homes better, faster and more affordably. Builder groups use LEEP to collaborate on opportunities and innovations for home building in their markets.

The Local Energy Efficiency Partnership (LEEP) process was first developed by the Office of Energy Research and Development at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). This business-to-business initiative has since been adopted in several Canadian provinces, now including B.C.

To support builders in creating more high-performance homes, the BC Housing Research Centre and partners have produced a series of videos that showcase how the LEEP initiative is helping to drive innovation in the industry and accelerate the construction of affordable energy-efficient homes.

LEEP Series 1 Videos

The first series of five videos helps 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 two to four minutes. They can all be watched in about 20 minutes and feature builders in Agassiz, Cariboo,  Chilliwack, New Westminster, and Squamish.

LEEP Series 2 Videos

The second installment in this popular video series focuses on energy-efficient homes in Northern and Interior B.C. and how builders can meet the unique climate challenges in these regions. Each of the five videos focuses on key aspects of how to build energy-efficeint homes including the importance of using an integrated design process and collaborating with industry professionals such as energy advisors early in the planning process.

LEEP is an important component in transforming B.C.’s building industry and in encouraging the construction of high-performance homes. As builders know, this is becoming increasingly important with the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code. The BC Housing Research Centre videos are valuable tools in learning more about LEEP and the steps recommended for achieving the highest level of energy efficiency possible.

Page Last Updated: September 30, 2019.