Step Code

On November 19th 2020, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Board discussed and adopted the Regional District’s bylaw update to adopt Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code. Visit for more information about the BC Energy Step Code.

For building permit applications received after December 31st 2020, 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). Step 5 is net zero ready, meaning the building will be highly efficient and ready to integrate onsite generation to produce as much energy as it uses.

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The content on this page was last updated January 27 2023 at 3:39 PM