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Case study discussion: Implementing Step Code in Northern BC
This recorded webinar examines the current industry challenges and solutions to help ensure that new homes follow the Performance Pathway and meet the energy efficiency requirements of the BC Energy...Read more
Guide to Step Code Compliance Guide to Step Code Compliance - RDOS & Fortis BC
BC Energy Step Code guide from RDOS and FortisBC. This video show specific techniques and strategies on how to build to the higher steps of the Step Code, how to run a blower door test, and tips and advice from senior building officials.
This video also shows useful techniques on how to build energy-efficient but beautiful homes in the Okanagan region. Check out the start times listed below for each chapter in the video.
Evan Phillips, E. Phillips Contracting: https://ephillipscontracting.com
Gerry Sawkins, 3West Building Energy Consultants: https://3westbec.com
FortisBC for their generous support of this video project: https://www.fortisbc.com
00:00 - Intro
00:34 - Table of Contents
01:39 - Six Basic Strategies
02:26 - Boost Insulation
05:39 - Managing Thermal Bridges
08:24 - Ventilate Smartly
10:35 - Air Barriers & Blower Door Tests
15:22 - Mid-Point Blower Door Test
20:00 - Final Blower Door Test
22:53 - Minding Your Machines
26:18 - Climate Zones
27:43 - Doors & Windows
29:32 - Compliance Timeline
30:33 - Outro
Webinar: Best Practices for WoWebinar: Best Practices for Working with an Energy Advisor
On September 16, 2021 the RDOS in partnership with the Community Energy Association hosted the online webinar, Best Practices for Working with an Energy Advisor.
BC building codes are evolving, and we want you know how to benefit. This webinar will help the building industry better understand the “performance pathway” of the BC Energy Step Code and how to get results from working with an energy advisor.
Delivered by the RDOS in association with Community Energy Association, recorded video instruction from Mark Bernhardt, Bernhardt Contracting and Meredith Hamstead, thinkBright Homes, with a panel discussion and Q&A at the end.
• Introduction to the BC Energy Step Code
• How EAs work within Step Code and what services they provide.
• Modelling timelines and pre-design information requirements
• Post-modelling changes in the design or mechanical systems
• Achieving as-built compliance and occupancy permits
• Introduction to the concept of integrated design process (IDP)
• How can an EA save you money? (i.e. design optimization)
What is the BC Energy Step CodWhat is the BC Energy Step Code?
Watch this 5 minute video to learn what the BC Energy Step Code is, and how the Province of BC is supporting the transition to net zero ready new building construction.
Step Code Implementation SuppoStep Code Implementation Support
Building a Legacy: Step Code Implementation Support
This video is provided by the Community Energy Association and BC Hydro.
Topics discussed include:
BC Energy Step Code in 5 minutes
Airtightness demo and discussion
Thermal insulation demo and discussion
House tour and blower door test demo
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Case study discussion: ImplemeCase study discussion: Implementing Step Code in Northern BC
This recorded webinar examines the current industry challenges and solutions to help ensure that new homes follow the Performance Pathway and meet the energy efficiency requirements of the BC Energy Step Code.
Northern case studies and panel discussions with northern BC builders, energy advisors, and utilities providers. Facilitated, audience-led discussion on the topics of greatest interest.
Video and Playbook: Planning AVideo and Playbook: Planning Airtight Buildings
Building airtightness reduces energy consumption by minimizing heat loss via air leakage through the building enclosure. For this reason, many North American building codes have set airtightness targets as part of high-performance building standards. In addition to energy efficiency, airtight buildings experience benefits of improved moisture management, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, and quality assurance.