The resources on this page will be of particular interest to builders, developers, architects, designers, and other industry practitioners.

Be sure to visit All Resources to see everything we have available, and Events for a list of upcoming events.

1. BC Energy Step Code Requirements

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

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.

3. Publications

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.

Case Studies

Visit Case Studies to learn how and why builders and communities are using British Columbia’s new energy-performance building standard.

Other Publications

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

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.

7. Videos

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.

Page Last Updated: December 10, 2018.