Communities can use a wide variety of policy tools to incentivize or require the BC Energy Step Code. On this page, we’re outlining how local governments and others are putting the standard to work.
You can find a summary of these efforts in this info graphic.
Let us know how you’re referencing the BC Energy Step Code by emailing the Building and Safety Standards Branch and we’ll share your story here.
Local Governments Consulting on the BC Energy Step Code
These local governments have submitted their initial notification, indicating they have started to consult on the BC Energy Step Code (listed by date of submission). The symbol * means the local government now references the BC Energy Step Code in a policy, program or bylaw (see below for details).
- City of Richmond – June 16, 2017*
- City of North Vancouver – July 4, 2017 *
- City of Campbell River – July 10, 2017 *
- City of Duncan – August 24, 2017
- District of North Vancouver – September 1, 2017 *
- City of Victoria – September 27, 2017*
- District of Saanich – September 27, 2017
- Comox Valley Regional District – October 3, 2017 *
- District of North Saanich – October 4, 2017
- Resort Municipality of Whistler – October 5, 2017*
- District of West Vancouver – October 24, 2017 *
- Township of Langley – November 7, 2017*
- District of Squamish – November 9, 2017
- City of New Westminster – November 28, 2017
- City of Surrey – December 7, 2017
- City of Kelowna – January 22, 2018
- City of Penticton – January 27, 2018
- City of Burnaby – March 1, 2018
- City of Kimberley – March 12, 2018 *
- City of Vernon – March 19, 2018
- Village of Belcarra – March 27, 2018
- District of Peachland – March 28, 2018
- District of Oak Bay – April 11, 2018
- City of West Kelowna – April 12, 2018
- District of Sparwood – April 23, 2018*
- District of Summerland – June 5, 2018
- District of Lake Country – June 7, 2018
- City of Nanaimo – June 25, 2018
- City of Kamloops – July 17, 2018
- District of Central Saanich – July 17, 2018
- City of Port Moody, September 24, 2018
- City of Nelson, October 9, 2018
Local Governments Referencing the BC Energy Step Code
City of Campbell River
The City of Campbell River offers financial incentives for new energy-efficient residential buildings constructed to meet the BC Energy Step Code. Incentives are available starting April 1, 2018, while funding is available.
- Learn about the City of Campbell River’s incentive program
City of Kimberley
The City of Kimberly has an Energy Efficient Building Incentive Program available for all new buildings (residential or commercial) with a building permit issued after January 1, 2018. The rebate amount is determined by the EnerGuide rating and BC Energy Step Code level of the completed building.
- Learn about the City of Kimberley’s building incentive program
City of New Westminster
At its April 9, 2018 meeting, New Westminster Council endorsed in principle the implementation framework outlined in the report ‘Proposed BC Energy Step Code Requirements for new Part 9 Residential Buildings’ and directed staff to proceed with next steps to support the successful implementation of the BC Energy Step Code. Staff will report back to Council on the outcomes of this process before implementing the BC Energy Step Code.
- Learn about the City of New Westminster’s intended approach
City of North Vancouver
The City of North Vancouver has put into place a robust and visionary implementation approach that targets buildings city-wide at lower levels of the BC Energy Step Code, with incrementally higher steps within the city’s Rezoning Policy, and at highest steps in exchange for density in specific neighbourhoods.
- Learn about the City of North Vancouver’s approach to the BC Energy Step Code
City of Richmond
The City of Richmond formally adopted bylaws enacting the BC Energy Step Code at a Public Hearing held July 16, 2018. The BC Energy Step Code will enter into force for new Building Permit applications as of September 1, 2018 (noting that there are in-stream provisions for projects with Development Permits issued or in process).
- Learn about the City of Richmond’s stakeholder consultation process and Airtightness Training Program
- Read the City of Richmond’s Report to Council
- Review the City of Richmond’s bylaw changes (re: Building Development Bylaw, Zoning Bylaw, Richmond Official Community Plan bylaw)
City of Victoria
Victoria City Council adopted the BC Energy Step Code on April 26, 2018, and ratified the Bylaw on October 4, 2018. Beginning November 1, 2018, there is an interim transition period during which builders and developers will need to meet Step 1, meaning they will need to use an energy model and conduct airtightness testing in the building. Then, beginning January 1, 2020, all new construction will be built to be 20% more energy efficient than current code requirements. The City will support builders to use an energy model, conduct a mid-construction blower door test, a post-construction blower door test, and secure a home energy label through a $500 rebate supported by BC Hydro.
- Review the City of Victoria’s council report describing the adoption approach
- Review the City’s updated website information
Comox Valley Regional District
The Comox Valley Regional District is offering rebates for new residential dwellings that achieve at least Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code. The rebates will range from 25% for achieving Step 3 to 100% for achieving Step 5. The program started on January 1, 2018.
- Learn about Comox Valley Regional District’s Planning and Building Application Fee Rebates Policy
District of North Vancouver
The District of North Vancouver has a new Construction Bylaw that also adopts the BC Energy Step Code in the following manner, effective July 1, 2018:
- All Part 3 Commercial Buildings are required to meet Step 1
- All Part 3 Residential Buildings are required to meet Step 2
- Part 3 Residential Projects that require rezoning will be required to meet Step 3
- All Part 9 Residential Buildings are required to meet Step 3
- Learn more about the District of North Vancouver’s BC Energy Step Code actions
District of Sparwood
The District of Sparwood has adopted an incentive-based approach to the BC Energy Step Code. Builders will receive greater incentives up to 100% of building permit fees for higher performance builds that align with the BC Energy Step Code. A 100% rebate is available for projects that reach Step 4 or Step 5. The District has also committed to adopting Step 1 as a requirement by December 15, 2019.
District of West Vancouver
The North Shore municipalities (City and District of North Vancouver and District of West Vancouver) have aligned the minimum bylaw requirement for almost all building types, effective July 1, 2018. In support of high-performance buildings, West Vancouver Council has directed staff to bring forward bylaw amendments to remove barriers, and to formalize common deliverables through rezoning into a policy that increases clarity for applicants, staff and the community.
- Learn about the District of West Vancouver’s Building Bylaw amendments
Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler will require all Part 9 residential buildings to meet Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code effective January 1, 2019. Step 4 of the Energy Step Code will apply to all new Part 9 residential buildings on properties applying for rezoning to increase density or permit additional uses, and any new residential buildings that include construction of additional in-ground basement floor area excluded from gross floor area calculations.
- Visit the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s website to learn more about their approach
Township of Langley
The Township of Langley adopted the BC Energy Step Code for use in new residential construction within the Township, effective January 1, 2019. The approach consists of:
- Applying varying lower-step requirements in different areas of the community based on industry capacity to support market transformation, with an intent to apply harmonized requirements community wide within five years
- Clearly identifying the roadmap for the intended timeline to incrementally adopt lower steps within the community using a gradual transition for the next five years, with an intent to monitor progress during these transitional years before considering progression to adoption of higher steps
- Providing a six-month transition grace period for in-stream projects
- Transitioning the existing Green Building Rebate program by continuing to offer financial incentives for voluntary performance beyond the applicable required level of performance
- Continuing to offer financial incentives to encourage ongoing training and education to support capacity building in industry
- Visit the Township of Langley’s website or read the Report to Council for more details
City of Vancouver
While not subject to the BC Energy Step Code, the City of Vancouver has its own zero emissions building plan. The Plan has four strategies to require the majority of new buildings to have no operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and all new buildings to have no greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
- Learn more about the City of Vancouver’s zero emissions building plan
Page Last Updated: October 9, 2018.