Notice for Applicants:
What is Step Code?
The BC Energy Step Code is a compliance path within the BC Building Code that addresses energy efficiency in new construction. The Step Code sets targets for building energy usage and airtightness. The building owner works with their designer and an energy advisor to optimize building mechanical, electrical and building envelope components in order to meet or exceed these targets.
BC has also developed a Zero Carbon Step Code. This is currently voluntary, however it is expected that the first step will become mandatory in 2024.
For more information on how the Energy Step Code works, please visit the Energy Step Code website.
Energy Step Code Case Studies
The RDCK in partnership with the RDKB has published 5 case studies highlighting high performance buildings that have achieved higher levels of the Energy Step Code.
Case Study #1: Cost effective, high performance traditionally framed single family home
Case Study #2: Comfortable, cost effective traditionally framed singe family dwelling
Case Study #3: A compact, comfortable laneway home
Case Study #4: A high performance single family spec home
Case Study #5: A modular single family home
Thank you to FortisBC for funding this initiative.
Energy Step Code and Building Permit Process Resources
To see how the Energy Step Code is integrated into the RDCK building inspection process:
Energy Step Code resources:
- Energy Step Code New Residential Construction Rebates / Incentives
- Energy Step Code New Construction Rebates / Incentives
- Energy Advisor Contact List
- Working with an Energy Advisor
Information on Energy StepCode compliance tools:
Webinars and in person workshops / courses are available to help contractors and homeowners learn more about Step Code and related topics.
For more information, please visit RDCK Training & Events.
The content on this page was last updated September 13 2023 at 7:53 AM