Effective May 1, 2023: The province of BC has moved to Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code Program by changing the building code to require most new construction in BC be 20% more energy efficient than base 2018 BC Building Code.
The opt-in Zero Carbon Step Code is also available for local governments and will apply to all new homes in the RDEK’s Electoral Areas. Municipal residents should check with their municipal office.
As shown below, the regulation sets performance targets for new construction and groups them into “steps” that apply across various building types and regions of the province. The Lower Steps are relatively straightforward to meet; the Upper Steps are more ambitious.
For governments, the BC Energy Step Code offers assurance that new buildings are performing as billed. Meanwhile, on the other side of the counter, builders have a more flexible option to comply with the energy-efficiency provisions of the provincial legislation. The new standard empowers builders to pursue innovative, creative, cost-effective solutions—and allows them to incorporate leading-edge technologies as they come available.
Last edited: Wed, May 03, 2023 - 9:46:48