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Online Workshops - Winter Trades Series

Developed by BCIT professionals and industry experts, this winter workshop series has been designed for building in the Kootenays. It focuses on trades crucial to high efficiency building but are open to all trades, builders, EAs and building officials.

1. HVAC & AC Contractors

March 8 @ 7:30 - 8:30 am

2. Insulation & Siding Contractors:

March 15 @ 7:30 - 8:30 am

3. Plumbers:

March 29 @ 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 - 9:30 am

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

CEA Building a Legacy Webinars 

Community Energy Association in collaboration with CHBA Northern BC and the RDEK Community Energy Manager are offering the following free webinars for builders, building officials, designers, sub-trades and Real Estate professionals.  Though focused on cold climate contexts, the topics are widely applicable, and the sessions are open to participants throughout the Province and beyond.

Residential Solar PV Systems Demystified

February 10th - 10am PST 

 Building a House-as-a-System: Net Zero in Cranbrook, BC

February 15th - 11am PST

Marketing High Performance, Energy Efficient Houses

February 24th -  12pm PST


New Rules Allow Increasing Housing Flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)

New rules, which come into effect December 31, 2021, will allow property owners in the ALR increasing housing flexibility.

Options for an additional small secondary home have been added to the ALR regulations, allowing farmers and ALR landowners to have both a principal residence and small secondary residence on their property and follow a streamlined approval process.

There is no longer a requirement that additional residences must be used by the landowner or immediate family members.

Only permissions from local government or First Nations government will be required, and there will be no application to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). 

Any housing built in the RDCK must meet BC Building Code, RDCK Building Bylaw and other applicable legislation.  Factory constructed buildings (conforming to a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) of an A277 or Z240) are still required to be designed and built to the BC Building and Plumbing Codes, and need to meet the requirements of our RDCK Building Bylaw (including snow load), and any other applicable bylaws.

Due to the high volume of Building permit applications, it takes approximately  8 weeks to process applications as long as all required documentation has been received.  Refer to Forms under Building Services for more information.

Farming families will continue to be able to apply to the ALC for multiple, larger homes if they are necessary for farming purposes.

For more information:

Read the BC Government news release and backgrounder here:

The Order in Council (OIC) 438/2021 with the pending ALR Use Regulation language can be found here:

Building Permit Guidelines for Manufactured Homes in the RDCK

RDCK Adopts Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code

On November 19, 2020, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Board adopted the Regional District’s bylaw update to adopt Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code. The new bylaw will officially go into effect on January 1, 2021.

The Step Code is a new provincial standard that provides an incremental and consistent approach to energy efficient construction. Each step on the BC Energy Step Code means a more efficient building, with the final step being net-zero (ie. The building creates as much energy as it consumes). Visit energystepcode.ca for more information about the BC Energy Step Code.

“Adoption of the BC Energy Step Code step 1 will greatly help support our region in the gradual move to sustainable building in the RDCK and across BC,” said Paul Faulkner, RDCK Senior Energy Specialist. “Our staff, building industry and energy advisors will work collaboratively with residents to adapt to the new processes and optimize access to current incentives for residents. This move not only aids in our preparedness for Provincial policy updates, but also aligns with the RDCK sustainability goals and commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2050.”

For permits applied for after December 31st 2020, which are dwelling units or which contain dwelling units within the building envelope, new Part 9 residential buildings will need to demonstrate "enhanced compliance" with Step 1 of the Step Code. Step 1 is a no-fail option which uses a third party energy assessment to measure and report the air-tightness and energy performance of new residential buildings. Buildings can also voluntarily be built to a higher step (2 – 5).

Click here for the latest information on Step Code Implementation in the RDCK.

For more information on the RDCK’s Regional Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) and how you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy go to www.rdck.ca/reep.

Click here for a print-friendly PDF version.

Extended Grandfathering of Manufactured Homes for Family in the ALR

The Agricultural Land Use Regulation permits a manufactured home, in addition to a principal residence on a parcel in the Agricultural Land Reserve, as long as a BUILDING PERMIT IS ISSUED BEFORE December 31, 2021 (*please note that this new date represents an extension of the original deadline – the original deadline was July 31, 2021). The manufactured home may only be occupied by the property owner or the property owner's immediate family (please read the latest update on New Rules Allow Increasing Housing Flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), which provides information on new rules coming into effect on December 31, 2021)

Due to the high volume of Building permit applications, it takes approximately 8 weeks to process applications as long as all required documentation has been received.  Refer to Forms under Building Services for more information.

ALC Information Bulletin 5 – Residences in the ALR has been updated and can be found in the Information Bulletin dropdown of the ALC Policies and Bulletins page on the ALC website.




The Province has adopted the 2018 edition of the British Columbia Building Code, including Book II Plumbing Services. The new BC Building Code will be effective December 10, 2018 and will apply to building permits applied for on or after that date. Buildings with permits in place under the BC Building Code 2012 are generally not affected. The BC Building Code 2018 includes most of the changes in the National Building Code 2015 with some changes specific to BC.

 Click on this LINK to read an overview of the 2018 BC Building Code changes.

Additional Code Change Sessions will occur in January and February 2019 – check the BOABC website regularly.

Building Smart Seminar #26 - OBA Exam Requirement

20 June 2016.  As of July 4, 2016 all applicants for an Owner Builder Authorization will be required to successfully meet the eligibility criteria and pass an examination to evaluate their knowledge and understanding of home building basics. Please see Related Links for detailed information on this new requirement.

Building Smart Seminar #21 - Changes to 9.32 Ventilation

25 March 2015.  This seminar presented by the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) examines the changes in the requirements for ventilation for homes. The session examines key components of house ventilation systems and controls, and describes why mechanical ventilation is required.  See Related Links for informational brochure with seminar dates and registration information.

Changes to the BC Building Code – Above Grade Wall Assemblies:

6 March 2015.  See Related Links for a bulletin regarding changes in above grade wall assemblies.  This summary will be of interest to all of the participants in the housing construction industry: Designers, General and Sub contractors to the Framing, Insulation and Mechanical trades and their respective suppliers.  This summary is provided for information only and is not to be regarded as authoritative or inclusive.

BC Building Code Changes - Effective 19 December 2014:

24 February 2015.  See Related Links for a summary of code changes that came into effect 19 December 2014, this summary also provides links to further resources.

Changes to the BC Building Code - Electrical and Plumbing:

20 February 2015.  See Related Links for a summary bulletin of the most recent electrical and plumbing updates to the BC Building code.  This summary may be of particular interest to electrical and plumbing contractors and electrical and plumbing suppliers as well as owner builders.  This summary is provided for information only and is not to be regarded as authoritative or inclusive.

Energy Efficiency Requirements Guide:

19 February 2015. The Homeowner Protection Office (in partnership with the Building and Safety Standards Branch and an industry committee comprised of B.C. residential builders, building officials, energy advisors and warranty providers) has developed an illustrated guide for each climate zone to assist residential builders and industry stakeholders in understanding and complying with the new requirements in Section 9.36 of the 2012 British Columbia Building Code for housing and small buildings.  See Related Links for the relevant guide for our climate zone.

Ventilation Checklist Forms Updated:

17 February 2015.  See Related Links for the new TECA ventilation checklist forms.  These new forms (incorporating 2014 amendment to Section 9.32 of the BCBC) are to be used for building permits applied for after December 20, 2014

Modular Housing and the A277 Standard:

1 December 2014.  For important information regarding our permitting requirements for modular housing, please see 'Permits for Modular Housing' under Related Links.

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