BC Energy Step Code

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The Province of BC has committed to taking incremental steps to increase energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to make new buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032 and has committed to requiring all new buildings be 20% better than current building code by December 2022.

The BC Energy Step Code is currently an optional performance-based compliance path in the BC Building Code. The Energy Step Code does not specify how to construct a building, instead it identifies energy-efficiency targets that must be met and allows the designer/builder decide how to meet them. To comply with Energy Step Code, builders engage an energy advisor who uses modelling software and on-site testing to demonstrate that both the building design and construction meet the requirements of the Energy Step Code.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is engaging communities and industry professionals across the regional district in order to build knowledge and skills while minimizing the risk of non-compliance and the cost to consumers.

The RDOS is considering 3 options for implementation:

1. Early Mandatory Compliance with Energy Step Code (lower steps) before it becomes BC Building Code
2. Voluntary Compliance with Energy Step Code with potential incentives before it becomes BC Building Code
3. Wait for the Province to adopt through Building Code in December 2022.

Please review all the relevant materials to the right of this page, and then complete the survey. Requests for paper surveys can be submitted to Jeremy Dresner, Senior Energy Specialist, 250-490-4382.


The Province of BC has committed to taking incremental steps to increase energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to make new buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032 and has committed to requiring all new buildings be 20% better than current building code by December 2022.

The BC Energy Step Code is currently an optional performance-based compliance path in the BC Building Code. The Energy Step Code does not specify how to construct a building, instead it identifies energy-efficiency targets that must be met and allows the designer/builder decide how to meet them. To comply with Energy Step Code, builders engage an energy advisor who uses modelling software and on-site testing to demonstrate that both the building design and construction meet the requirements of the Energy Step Code.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is engaging communities and industry professionals across the regional district in order to build knowledge and skills while minimizing the risk of non-compliance and the cost to consumers.

The RDOS is considering 3 options for implementation:

1. Early Mandatory Compliance with Energy Step Code (lower steps) before it becomes BC Building Code
2. Voluntary Compliance with Energy Step Code with potential incentives before it becomes BC Building Code
3. Wait for the Province to adopt through Building Code in December 2022.

Please review all the relevant materials to the right of this page, and then complete the survey. Requests for paper surveys can be submitted to Jeremy Dresner, Senior Energy Specialist, 250-490-4382.


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Page last updated: 23 September 2021, 16:43