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* (resubmitted April 10, 2019 to add Part 9 consultation)
  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
  35. City of Abbotsford – January 28, 2019
  36. City of Rossland – February 8, 2019
  37. Town of Creston – February 22, 2019
  38. Village of New Denver – February 28, 2019
  39. Bowen Island Municipality – March 4, 2019
  40. Regional District of East Kootenay – March 12, 2019
  41. Village of Kaslo – March 25, 2019
  42. City of Port Coquitlam – April 23, 2019
  43. City of Maple Ridge – May 31, 2019
  44. Village of Pemberton – June 21, 2019*
  45. Municipality of North Cowichan – August 21, 2019

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 Kelowna

Kelowna’s BC Energy Step Code Implementation Strategy for Part 9 residential buildings was endorsed by Council on May 6th, 2019, with the following key dates:

  • December 1, 2019: Step 1 implementation – Part 9 residential buildings must be designed and constructed to meet or exceed Step 1 performance requirements
  • June 1, 2021: Step 3 implementation – Part 9 residential buildings must be designed and constructed to meet or exceed Step 3 performance requirements

Visit the City of Kelowna’s website to learn more, sign up for email updates or find out about Building Permit rebate opportunities.

City of Kimberley

The City of Kimberley’s Energy Efficient Building Incentive Program (EEBIP) is a simple and pragmatic approach to help local builders learn and adapt to new methods and materials to reduce the energy demand and carbon emissions associated with the heating and cooling of buildings. Since the program was modified in 2017 to reference the BC Energy Step Code, each completed project has achieved at least Step 3 or better. The City of Kimberley’s program has been effective in helping improve the knowledge and expertise of local builders in high-performance building construction, and the quality and energy efficiency of new buildings .

City of Nelson

All new applications for single and small multi-family dwellings received on or after August 1, 2019 will have to achieve minimum Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code.  All applications will have to include a pre-construction report from a certified energy advisor and building permits will not be closed until a post-construction report and confirmation is provided that Step 1 has been achieved. The City is considering moving to Step 2 or 3 within 6 to 12 months of Step 1 adoption, depending on rollout.

City of New Westminster

On February 25, 2019, City of New Westminster Council gave final reading and officially adopted Building Bylaw Amendment No. 8084, 2019, requiring new buildings to achieve a minimum level of the BC Energy Step Code effective March 31, 2019 for Part 9 residential buildings, and effective January 1, 2020 for Part 3 multi-unit residential and commercial buildings. This capped 18 months of industry and City staff engagement, as well as background analysis to develop a BC Energy Step Code framework. In tandem, the City is delivering a comprehensive program of industry training, builder/developer Breakfasts, and incentives on energy modeling to support implementation. Watch for the City’s new BC Energy Step Code website coming fall 2019.

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 Lake Country

District of Lake Country  adopted a new Building Regulation Bylaw effective March 5, 2019 and will be implementing Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code for all Part 9 buildings effective April 1, 2019.  Step 3 will be implemented for all Part 9 buildings other than accessory suites effective October 1, 2020.  Accessory Suites will be required to meet Step 2, effective Oct 1, 2020 and Step 3 effective January 1, 2022.

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 Energy Step Code Policy is designed to encourage builders to choose the performance path when complying with BC Building Code energy-efficiency requirements. This will assist in understanding and adapting to BC Energy Step Code requirements. Rebates range from $500 plus a contribution to Energy Advisor Fees for Step 1 compliance, to 100% of Building Permit fees plus a contribution to Energy Advisor Fees for Step 5 compliance.

District of Squamish

The BC Energy Step Code went into effect in the District of Squamish on July 1, 2018.

District of Tofino

The District of Tofino adopted a BC Energy Step Code policy June 11, 2019 that all new residential buildings will be built to a minimum of Step 1 no later than January 31, 2020. This will increase to Step 2 by January 2021, and Step 3 by January 2022.

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.

Village of Anmore

On February 19, 2019, the Council of the Village of Anmore approved an amendment to the Village of Anmore Building Bylaw to require compliance with Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code for construction of all new single family dwellings.

Village of Belcarra

The Village of Belcarra updated its zoning bylaw based on the recommendations of a Zoning Advisory Committee. The updated bylaw requires all new construction for principal and conditioned accessory buildings built under Part 9 of the BC Building Code to fulfill the requirements of Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code, and for all new construction for principal and conditioned accessory buildings built under Part 3 of the BC Building Code to fulfill the requirements of Step 2 of the BC Energy Step Code.  The updated bylaw was adopted by Council in April 2018, with BC Energy Step Code requirements taking effect September 27, 2018.

Village of Pemberton

The Village of Pemberton has set requirements for Part 9 buildings effective January 1, 2020, with higher steps required starting in 2021.

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: August 21, 2019.