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.

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


1. Local Government Best Practices Guide (opens in a new tab)

Image of the cover of the BC Energy Step Code Best Practices Guide for Local Governments

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.

2. NEW: Building a Legacy Toolkit

The  Building a Legacy toolkit, prepared by the Community Energy Association, is applicable to all communities, large and small. Find sample advertisements, checklists for education events, videos, building guides and more resources to use in your region’s BC Energy Step Code implementation journey. The toolkit is of interest to local governments and industry.

3. Handbook for Building Officials

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.

4. Provincial policy guideProvincial Policy Guide: Local Government Implementation of the BC Energy Step Code.

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 Act.

5. BC Energy Step Code PPT

Help explain the BC Energy Step Code to your colleagues and stakeholders. These PowerPoint presentations are available for use by anyone who uses them in adherence with the BC Energy Step Code brand guidelines.

6. Brochure

This printable, tri-fold brochure outlines the roadmap to 2022 to your colleagues and stakeholders.

Local government peer network

The Sustainable Communities Program at BC Hydro hosts a province-wide network designed to support local government staff members with BC Energy Step Code implementation. Join the network to learn what other local governments are doing, get advice, ask questions, share ideas, sign up for newsletters and more. Learn more by contacting

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:

  1. Initial notification: When a government begins consultation with industry on its proposed approach
  2. 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 14, 2020.