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. BC Energy Step Code 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  how below.

  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
  28. City of Nanaimo – June 25, 2018
  29. City of Kamloops – July 17, 2018
  30. District of Central Saanich – July 17, 2018
  31. City of Port Moody – September 24, 2018
  32. City of Nelson – October 9, 2018
  33. Village of Anmore – October 22, 2018
  34. District of Elkford – November 6, 2018

Local Governments Referencing the BC Energy Step Code

Listed alphabetically.

City of Burnaby

The City of Burnaby is taking a phased approach to the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code, starting with Part 3 policy. Part 9 policy is currently in development.

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 Penticton

The City of Penticton will be implementing Step 1 on March 15, 2019 for all Part 9 residential buildings as regulated within City of Penticton Building Bylaw No. 2018-01 Part 26. This timeline is based on initial Building Bylaw amendment feedback and will allow for more education for industry in working with Energy Advisors and on detailing for air barriers.

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).

City of Surrey

The City of Surrey has adopted the BC Energy Step Code effective April 2019. Starting April 1, 2019, the Step Code will apply to new, BC Building Code Part 3 and Part 9 commercial and residential buildings in Surrey, changing the City’s inspection, permitting and review processes and requirements for new construction.

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.

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 Saanich

The District of North Saanich formally adopted bylaws enacting the BC Energy Step Code on October 22, 2018. Effective January 1, 2019, all Part 9 and part 3 buildings will be required to be built to Step 1 requirements. Effective January 1, 2020, Part 9 and Part 3 buildings will be required to meet Step 3 requirements, except Part 9 buildings equal or less than 92 square meters in size, which will only require Step 2 compliance.

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 Oak Bay

On October 9, 2018, the District of Oak Bay Council adopted the BC Energy Step Code.  As of November 1, 2018 all new Part 3 and Part 9 buildings are required to meet Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code.  This will transition up to Step 2 for Part 3 buildings and Step 3 for Part 9 buildings effective January 1, 2020.

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.

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.

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

University of British Columbia

The UBC Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP) is UBC’s green building rating system and REAP gold certification is required in UBC’s neighbourhoods.  On September 27, 2018, the UBC Board of Governors approved amendments to REAP, requiring new Part 3 residential construction at UBC Point Grey campus to meet a minimum of Step 2 of the BC Energy Step Code. Optional credits within REAP can be obtained for projects that achieve higher steps.

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: December 3, 2018.