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The community training on “Building Energy-Efficient Homes” in Princeton, scheduled for the 9th of June, has been merged with the training scheduled for the 8th of June in Keremeos. Community members in Princeton, Tulameen, Coalmont, and the surrounding areas are encouraged to register for the workshop at Similkameen Recreation Centre in Keremeos. Please follow the link for registration: Building energy-efficient homes – learning brunch workshops | RDOS Regional Connections

Register for the Building Energy-efficient Homes - Learning Brunch Workshops here.

Please note, the workshop scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Oliver has been cancelled.

Click the link to take the survey or visit the survey section below. Home Energy Retrofit Survey

The survey will be open until Friday, June 7, 2024.

The BC Energy Step Code has been made mandatory in British Columbia, with a requirement for new buildings to achieve 20% better energy efficiency starting May 1, 2023. Local governments have the option to go beyond this code. The province aims to transition all new construction to be net-zero ready by 2032, capable of producing as much energy as it uses. Buildings contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions in the province, primarily through energy use. To address this, new carbon standards will be added to the BC Building Code by 2030, aiming for zero-carbon buildings. However, implementing these policies poses challenges, especially for communities, home builders, contractors, and homeowners who struggle to navigate relevant information and understand the requirements. The limited availability of energy advisors and consultants exacerbates these challenges, particularly in regions like the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). To overcome these barriers and promote efficient housing construction, there's a need for improvements in policies, regulations, and practices, along with plans for human resources, communication, outreach, capacity building, and collaboration.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) will be implementing a series of initiatives on energy efficiency to:

  • Enhance the accessibility of information regarding the BC Energy Step Code, zero carbon standards, and other building regulations.

  • Ensure communities and locals are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement energy efficiency regulations effectively.

  • Facilitate collaboration and partnership among stakeholders, including government agencies, industry associations, non-profit organizations, and community groups, to collectively address challenges and promote adopting energy-efficient building practices.

  • Raise awareness about energy efficiency initiatives, provide guidance on compliance requirements, and promote the benefits of constructing efficient housing to stakeholders and the public.

  • Provide updates on ongoing RDOS initiatives to promote energy efficiency in the region.

Currently, RDOS is planning to implement the following projects for 2024.

1. Building Energy Efficient Homes - Learning Brunch Workshops

RDDOS is organizing Five (5) community workshops in five locations of the RDOS and one (1) webinar for community leaders on building energy to raise awareness in communities on practices and key considerations while building energy-efficient homes and assist home buyers/builders to ask the right questions to make informed decisions. The project is funded through FortisBC’s Built Better Initiatives.

The workshops will focus on:

  • Key practices and considerations when buying/building energy-efficient homes.
  • Green building best practices for design and construction
  • Outlining the provincial building code policies for “Part 9 residential buildings”
  • The Energy Step Code and Zero Carbon Step Code for new buildings

Workshops will be held on the following dates/times/locations:

Please note, the workshop scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Oliver has been cancelled.

  • Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024
  • Time: 9:45 am – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Penticton Community Centre Meeting Room #4, 325 Power Street, Penticton
  • Details: Coffee and brunch provided

  • Date: Sunday, May 26, 2024
  • Time: 9:45 am – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Okanagan Falls Senior Centre, 1128 Willow Street, Okanagan Falls
  • Details: Coffee and brunch provided

  • Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
  • Time: 9:45 am – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Similkameen Recreation Centre, Bowling Lounge, 311 9th Street, Keremeos
  • Details: Coffee and brunch provided

  • Date: Sunday, June 9, 2024
  • Time: 9:45 am – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Princeton & District Arena, Arena Mezzanine, 167 Old Hedley Road, Princeton
  • Details: Coffee and brunch provided

Registration is required for participation in the workshop. To register, please click here or visit RDOS Regional Connections.

2. RDOS Energy and Climate Action Hub

The overall objective of creating a web-based hub is to raise awareness in communities on energy and climate change and accelerate climate action in the RDOS through access to information. The proposed hub is envisioned to be an accessible and easy-to-understand web resource centre for communities on overall energy and climate action at local and provincial levels. The project is funded through FortisBC’s Built Better Initiatives.

3. Home Energy Retrofit Survey

The RDOS is looking for input from homeowners on home energy retrofits. Online survey feedback will provide insight that will help guide the design of a home retrofit service; one that will support residents as they improve their home’s energy efficiency while ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The survey includes questions about homeowner needs, wants and barriers related to home energy efficiency upgrades. While some rebates are already in place, by identifying more financial options or other support homeowners may need, the RDOS can help make these upgrades even more accessible.

The survey will be launched during the Penticton Home and Reno Show, on March 9 and 10, 2024, and will be open until Friday, June 7, 2024.

Click the link to take the survey or visit the survey section below. Home Energy Retrofit Survey

4. Energy Conservation Workshop for Municipal Partners, Hotels and Businesses

Please note the Energy Management Workshop scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2024, has been postponed to fall 2024 to accommodate higher attendee participation.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is hosting an energy conservation workshop at the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre on Friday, April 26, 2024. The workshop event will be specific for municipal partners, hotels and small businesses to help accelerate energy and climate action within the Regional District.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Engaging small businesses, associated government, and non-government organizations to improve energy conservation and management efforts
  • Providing information on energy conservation and management programs, rebates, and incentives offered by FortisBC and the City of Penticton
  • Sharing experiences and knowledge from ongoing and completed sustainability projects in the region.

Workshop details:

  • Date: Friday, April 26, 2024
  • Time: Starting at 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre (SALON B)
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Detailed workshop itinerary will be shared

Registration is required for participation in the workshop. To register, please click here Registration is open until Monday, April 22, 2024.

For further information, please contact Suraj Baral, RDOS Community Energy Specialist.


5. Community Energy Efficiency Forum

RDOS is always looking for feedback and suggestions from communities on how we can better serve and empower them. This forum is for those who:

  • Would like to share an experience about an efficient home upgrade that has been completed, is in the process of being completed, or is being planned.

  • Are upgrading to more efficient equipment or considering upgrades.

  • Have experienced failures or successes with accessing rebates.

  • Are learning more about deep energy retrofits.

  • Have concerns about high utility bills.

  • Have questions on what to do next with their homes.

  • Have any other questions, complaints, or confusion about making energy-efficient upgrades.

The community training on “Building Energy-Efficient Homes” in Princeton, scheduled for the 9th of June, has been merged with the training scheduled for the 8th of June in Keremeos. Community members in Princeton, Tulameen, Coalmont, and the surrounding areas are encouraged to register for the workshop at Similkameen Recreation Centre in Keremeos. Please follow the link for registration: Building energy-efficient homes – learning brunch workshops | RDOS Regional Connections

Register for the Building Energy-efficient Homes - Learning Brunch Workshops here.

Please note, the workshop scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Oliver has been cancelled.

Click the link to take the survey or visit the survey section below. Home Energy Retrofit Survey

The survey will be open until Friday, June 7, 2024.

The BC Energy Step Code has been made mandatory in British Columbia, with a requirement for new buildings to achieve 20% better energy efficiency starting May 1, 2023. Local governments have the option to go beyond this code. The province aims to transition all new construction to be net-zero ready by 2032, capable of producing as much energy as it uses. Buildings contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions in the province, primarily through energy use. To address this, new carbon standards will be added to the BC Building Code by 2030, aiming for zero-carbon buildings. However, implementing these policies poses challenges, especially for communities, home builders, contractors, and homeowners who struggle to navigate relevant information and understand the requirements. The limited availability of energy advisors and consultants exacerbates these challenges, particularly in regions like the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). To overcome these barriers and promote efficient housing construction, there's a need for improvements in policies, regulations, and practices, along with plans for human resources, communication, outreach, capacity building, and collaboration.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) will be implementing a series of initiatives on energy efficiency to:

  • Enhance the accessibility of information regarding the BC Energy Step Code, zero carbon standards, and other building regulations.

  • Ensure communities and locals are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement energy efficiency regulations effectively.

  • Facilitate collaboration and partnership among stakeholders, including government agencies, industry associations, non-profit organizations, and community groups, to collectively address challenges and promote adopting energy-efficient building practices.

  • Raise awareness about energy efficiency initiatives, provide guidance on compliance requirements, and promote the benefits of constructing efficient housing to stakeholders and the public.

  • Provide updates on ongoing RDOS initiatives to promote energy efficiency in the region.

Currently, RDOS is planning to implement the following projects for 2024.

1. Building Energy Efficient Homes - Learning Brunch Workshops

RDDOS is organizing Five (5) community workshops in five locations of the RDOS and one (1) webinar for community leaders on building energy to raise awareness in communities on practices and key considerations while building energy-efficient homes and assist home buyers/builders to ask the right questions to make informed decisions. The project is funded through FortisBC’s Built Better Initiatives.

The workshops will focus on:

  • Key practices and considerations when buying/building energy-efficient homes.
  • Green building best practices for design and construction
  • Outlining the provincial building code policies for “Part 9 residential buildings”
  • The Energy Step Code and Zero Carbon Step Code for new buildings

Workshops will be held on the following dates/times/locations:

Please note, the workshop scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Oliver has been cancelled.

  • Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024
  • Time: 9:45 am – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Penticton Community Centre Meeting Room #4, 325 Power Street, Penticton
  • Details: Coffee and brunch provided

  • Date: Sunday, May 26, 2024
  • Time: 9:45 am – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Okanagan Falls Senior Centre, 1128 Willow Street, Okanagan Falls
  • Details: Coffee and brunch provided

  • Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
  • Time: 9:45 am – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Similkameen Recreation Centre, Bowling Lounge, 311 9th Street, Keremeos
  • Details: Coffee and brunch provided

  • Date: Sunday, June 9, 2024
  • Time: 9:45 am – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Princeton & District Arena, Arena Mezzanine, 167 Old Hedley Road, Princeton
  • Details: Coffee and brunch provided

Registration is required for participation in the workshop. To register, please click here or visit RDOS Regional Connections.

2. RDOS Energy and Climate Action Hub

The overall objective of creating a web-based hub is to raise awareness in communities on energy and climate change and accelerate climate action in the RDOS through access to information. The proposed hub is envisioned to be an accessible and easy-to-understand web resource centre for communities on overall energy and climate action at local and provincial levels. The project is funded through FortisBC’s Built Better Initiatives.

3. Home Energy Retrofit Survey

The RDOS is looking for input from homeowners on home energy retrofits. Online survey feedback will provide insight that will help guide the design of a home retrofit service; one that will support residents as they improve their home’s energy efficiency while ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The survey includes questions about homeowner needs, wants and barriers related to home energy efficiency upgrades. While some rebates are already in place, by identifying more financial options or other support homeowners may need, the RDOS can help make these upgrades even more accessible.

The survey will be launched during the Penticton Home and Reno Show, on March 9 and 10, 2024, and will be open until Friday, June 7, 2024.

Click the link to take the survey or visit the survey section below. Home Energy Retrofit Survey

4. Energy Conservation Workshop for Municipal Partners, Hotels and Businesses

Please note the Energy Management Workshop scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2024, has been postponed to fall 2024 to accommodate higher attendee participation.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is hosting an energy conservation workshop at the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre on Friday, April 26, 2024. The workshop event will be specific for municipal partners, hotels and small businesses to help accelerate energy and climate action within the Regional District.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Engaging small businesses, associated government, and non-government organizations to improve energy conservation and management efforts
  • Providing information on energy conservation and management programs, rebates, and incentives offered by FortisBC and the City of Penticton
  • Sharing experiences and knowledge from ongoing and completed sustainability projects in the region.

Workshop details:

  • Date: Friday, April 26, 2024
  • Time: Starting at 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre (SALON B)
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Detailed workshop itinerary will be shared

Registration is required for participation in the workshop. To register, please click here Registration is open until Monday, April 22, 2024.

For further information, please contact Suraj Baral, RDOS Community Energy Specialist.


5. Community Energy Efficiency Forum

RDOS is always looking for feedback and suggestions from communities on how we can better serve and empower them. This forum is for those who:

  • Would like to share an experience about an efficient home upgrade that has been completed, is in the process of being completed, or is being planned.

  • Are upgrading to more efficient equipment or considering upgrades.

  • Have experienced failures or successes with accessing rebates.

  • Are learning more about deep energy retrofits.

  • Have concerns about high utility bills.

  • Have questions on what to do next with their homes.

  • Have any other questions, complaints, or confusion about making energy-efficient upgrades.

  • The RDOS is looking for input from homeowners on home energy retrofits. Online survey feedback will provide insight that will help guide the design of a home retrofit service, one that will support residents as they improve their home’s energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The survey includes questions about homeowner needs and barriers related to home energy efficiency upgrades. While some rebates are already in place, by identifying more financial options or other support homeowners may need, the RDOS can help make these upgrades more accessible.

    This survey takes approximately ten (10) minutes and will be open until Friday, June 7, 2024.

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  • The RDOS is organizing five (5) community workshops in several communities (Oliver, Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Keremeos, and Princeton) to help residents, prospective homebuyers, homeowners and property developers learn more about energy-efficient buildings.


    The workshops will focus on:

    • Key practices and considerations when buying/building energy-efficient homes
    • Green building best practices for design and construction
    • Outlining the provincial building code policies for “Part 9 residential buildings”
    • The Energy Step Code and Zero Carbon Step Code for new buildings


    Please register for the workshop in your area as soon as possible as space is limited. If you cannot attend the workshop in your area, please feel free to attend a different workshop. If you need assistance registering for the workshop, please call Carissa MacCormac at 250-490-4121. 


    Please note that the community training on “Building Energy-Efficient Homes” in Princeton, scheduled for the 9th of June, has been merged with the training scheduled for the 8th of June in Keremeos. Community members in Princeton, Tulameen, Coalmont, and the surrounding areas are encouraged to register for the workshop at Similkameen Recreation Centre in Keremeos.

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