Implementing the BC Energy Step Code

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We would like your views on the three options we're considering for implementing the BC Energy Step Code in the RDKB. We are hoping to hear from community members and the building industry across the regional district.

Due to COVID-19 we're asking you to engage with us virtually by taking our survey, subscribing to project updates, asking a question or making a comment. But here's what you need to know first:

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

We would like your views on the three options we're considering for implementing the BC Energy Step Code in the RDKB. We are hoping to hear from community members and the building industry across the regional district.

Due to COVID-19 we're asking you to engage with us virtually by taking our survey, subscribing to project updates, asking a question or making a comment. But here's what you need to know first:

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 has committed to a first step of requiring all new buildings to be 20% better than current building code by 2022.

The Energy Step Code is a performance-based compliance path in the BC Building Code that is currently optional. The Energy Step Code does not specify how to construct a building—instead, it identifies an energy-efficiency target that must be met and lets the designer/builder decide how to meet it. 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 is considering these options is to help the industry prepare for the implementation of the Energy Step Code in the 2022 Building Code. The objective is to build knowledge and skills for builders, trades, energy advisors and building officials. In addition, minimize the risk of non-compliance and the cost to consumers.

The three-implementation options are:

  1. Early Mandatory Compliance with Energy Step Code e.g. lower steps
  2. Voluntary Compliance with Energy Step Code with potential incentives
  3. Wait for the Province to adopt through Building Code in 2022

Should you require assistance to complete the survey, we are happy to fill it out on your behalf over the phone. Contact Freya Phillips at fphillips@rdkb.com for assistance and we will follow up with a phone call if necessary.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) is considering these options is to help the industry prepare to implement the Energy Step Code in the 2022 Building Code. We would like your views on the three options for implementing the BC Energy Step Code.

    Please answer the following questions to help us understand your views on the implementation of Energy Step Code in the region and in your community.

    We expect the survey will take you approximately 5 minutes to complete and all responses are confidential.

    Due to COVID-19, paper copies will not be distributed at this time. However, should you require assistance to complete the survey, we are happy to fill it out on your behalf over the phone. Please contact Freya Phillips at fphillips@rdkb.com

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your thoughts! Please share the survey with your friends, colleagues and neighbours!  

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