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.

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).

  1. City of Richmond – June 16, 2017
  2. City of North Vancouver – July 4, 2017 *
  3. City of Campbell River – July 10, 2017 *
  4. City of Duncan – August 24, 2017
  5. District of North Vancouver – September 1, 2017 *
  6. City of Victoria – September 27, 2017
  7. District of Saanich – September 27, 2017
  8. Comox Valley Regional District – October 3, 2017 *
  9. District of North Saanich – October 4, 2017
  10. Resort Municipality of Whistler – October 5, 2017
  11. District of West Vancouver – October 24, 2017 *
  12. Township of Langley – November 7, 2017
  13. District of Squamish – November 9, 2017
  14. City of New Westminster – November 28, 2017
  15. City of Surrey – December 7, 2017
  16. City of Kelowna – January 22, 2018
  17. City of Penticton – January 27, 2018
  18. City of Burnaby – March 1, 2018
  19. City of Kimberley – March 12, 2018 *
  20. City of Vernon – March 19, 2018
  21. Village of Belcarra – March 27, 2018
  22. District of Peachland – March 28, 2018
  23. District of Oak Bay – April 11, 2018
  24. City of West Kelowna – April 12, 2018
  25. District of Sparwood – April 23, 2018*
  26. District of Summerland – June 5, 2018
  27. District of Lake Country – June 7, 2018

Local Governments Referencing the BC Energy Step Code

Listed alphabetically.

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.

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.

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.

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.

City of Victoria

At its April 26, 2018 meeting, Victoria Council adopted the BC Energy Step Code for new residential and commercial buildings and directed staff to prepare bylaw amendments. The adoption of the BC Energy Step Code aligns with the City’s target that by 2030 all new buildings are net zero energy ready.

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.

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.

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.

 

Page last updated: June 8, 2018.