Resources for Local Governments
This page has resources that are of particular interest to local governments. If they wish, local governments may use the BC Energy Step Code to increase the energy performance of new buildings in their communities.
1. Local Government Best Practices Guide (opens in a new tab)
The Best Practices Guide is a resource for all local governments in British Columbia interested in referencing the BC Energy Step Code in policies, programs, or bylaws. It is a publication of the Energy Step Code Council and the Building and Safety Standards Branch.
The guide delves into the nuts and bolts of the standard, and offers context and clear information on the characteristics of each step. It highlights anticipated costs and benefits and offers guidance on suggested timelines and effective engagement for developing a community-specific strategy for implementing the BC Energy Step Code.
- Best Practices Guide Version 2 – July 2019 (PDF, 6MB)
- Best Practices Guide Version 1 – September 2017 (PDF, 6MB)
The BC Energy Step Code Handbook for Building Officials – Part 9 Residential Buildings – is a clear and concise handbook of key information gathered and assembled into one readily available resource. It provides an overview of the BC Energy Step Code, explains new processes and roles, and describes the key elements of high-performance buildings. BOABC and partners developed the handbook specifically for building officials.
3. Provincial Policy Guide
This guide explains the policy intent of the BC Energy Step Code and its use and application by local governments and other local authorities under the Building
4. BC Energy Step Code PPT
Local Government Peer Networks
The Sustainable Communities Program at BC Hydro hosts two networks designed to support local government staff members with BC Energy Step Code implementation. One addresses issues specific to smaller communities, and one assists larger communities. Join a network to learn what other local governments are doing, get advice, ask questions, share ideas, sign up for newsletters and more. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy Step Code Council Notification Form
For the next few years, the Energy Step Code Council will be closely following local government interest in the BC Energy Step Code. Our goal is to better direct and inform industry capacity-building efforts, and identify potential training shortfalls or capacity crunches.
Local governments are asked to signal their intentions to the Energy Step Code Council – through the Province’s Building and Safety Standards Branch – at two key points in the implementation process:
- Initial Notification: When a government begins consultation with industry on its proposed approach
- Final Notification: When a government establishes or ratifies a bylaw, policy or program that references the BC Energy Step Code
Learn more via Notification.
Page Last Updated: December 10, 2019.