BC Energy Step Code - Build Energy Smart

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The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has committed to implementing the BC Energy Step Code for new homes and buildings in RDKB electoral areas on January 1, 2021. Builders and homeowners can choose to follow the Energy Step Code’s performance path or the existing prescriptive path in the BC Building Code.

The Build Energy Smart Project is aimed at providing support and resources to the building industry to help you prepare for the Province mandating Energy Step Code in 2022.

Please take a look on this page at courses and conferences available, take our brief survey and join in the

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has committed to implementing the BC Energy Step Code for new homes and buildings in RDKB electoral areas on January 1, 2021. Builders and homeowners can choose to follow the Energy Step Code’s performance path or the existing prescriptive path in the BC Building Code.

The Build Energy Smart Project is aimed at providing support and resources to the building industry to help you prepare for the Province mandating Energy Step Code in 2022.

Please take a look on this page at courses and conferences available, take our brief survey and join in the conversation with your building industry colleagues on our forum.

BC Energy Step Code

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. The Province's first step is to require all new buildings to be 20% better than current building code by 2022.

The Energy Step Code's performance path establishes a desired outcome, and leaves it to the design and building team to decide how to achieve it. The current BC Building Code’s prescriptive path means buildings must meet specific requirements for insulation, windows, furnaces, water heaters, lighting and other equipment and systems.

To comply with the Energy Step Code, builders engage an energy advisor who uses energy modelling software and on-site testing to demonstrate that both their design and the constructed building meet the requirements of the Energy Step Code.

  • RDKB & RDCK Winter Trades Series

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    The RDKB and RDCK are inviting members of our local home building industry to a series of FREE workshops focused on trades crucial to building high performance homes.

    Participants will learn more about high performance home, their impact on airtight building envelopes, and emerging technologies and techniques relevant to their trade.

    Winter Trade Series consists of (Click the links to register):

    1. HVAC & AC Contractors: March 8 @ 7:30 - 8:30 am
    2. Insulators & Siding Contractors: March 15 @ 7:30 - 8:30 am
    3. Plumbers: March 29, 2022 @ 7:30 - 8:30 am
    4. Electricians: April 5 @ 7:30 - 8:30 am
    5. Interior & Finishing Trades: April 12 @ 7:30 - 8:30 am
    6. Site Supervisors: April 26 @ 7.30 am - 9.30 am

    These online workshops are streamed from the BCIT lab providing practical demonstrations, mock ups and case studies.

    The workshop series is funded through FortisBC Build Better program and will be accredited with CPD points.

  • BCIT Energy Step Code Training - Online

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    The BCIT Zero Energy Buildings courses are tailored to busy construction professionals allowing you to enhance your toolbox with the knowledge and skills to build to the BC Energy Step Code. Their courses focus on hands on demos and construction problem-solving ensuring your learning occurs using real life mockups. Check them out here!

    CESA 1505 Zero Energy Buildings (All-in-one) - Tuesday 18:00 - 21:00 and Thursday 18:00 - 20:00 from Jan 18 to Mar 22, 2022

    CESA 1501 Passive House Tradesperson - Thursday 18:00 - 21:00 and Tuesday 18:00 - 20:00 from Jan 18 to Mar 17, 2022.

  • Pattern Language from Passive House

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    "A Pattern Language from Passive House" is an interactive workshop that teaches cost-effective planning and design of affordable, low-emission, mid-rise, multi-unit, wood-framed housing.


    This four-part workshop presents design problems common to multi-unit buildings, followed by solutions that have worked in previous high-performance projects. These solutions are organized into "patterns" using a format adapted from A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander (et al).

    Course Dates and Times

    Dates: January 5, 12, 19, 26

    Times: 12:30pm - 3:30pm PST

    To register - Click here

    Flash sale starts: Wednesday, December 16 at 5:00am PST
    Flash sale ends: Friday, December 18 at 11:59pm PST
    Use access code flashsale to receive your discount.

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