Training & Events

Stay up to date with online workshops, courses, webinars and events designed to help you learn about best construction practices, high performance buildings, and provincial regulations such as the Energy Step Code.

Following is a list of upcoming training opportunities offered in the Regional District of Central Kootenay. To register or for additional details, please contact the training provider directly.


Visit energy efficient homes in Castlegar, Creston and Nelson
Saturday, October 14 from 11am to 2pm
These homes have been constructed / retrofitted to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. Whether it reaches higher steps of the Energy Step Code, uses the most efficient heating, cooling and hot water systems or has an improved building envelope with added insulation and highly efficient windows, an energy efficient home can make a home more durable, comfortable to live in, and cheaper to operate.

For more information on the tour, please visit Climate Friendly Homes Tour.

Using F280-12 to Review Existing HVAC Equipment Performance

Kootenay Clean Energy Transition is  hosting an in-person training session:  F280-12 in Practice. The workshop  will include a review of the practical application of heat pump load calculations using F280-12 software and a site visit to discuss the pre-changeout processes and data collection for reviewing existing HVAC equipment performance. This session is geared towards those with an understanding of heat loss / heat gain calculations looking to gain hands-on experience using F280-12 software to right-size equipment and to understand best practices when it comes to ducted heat pump installs. This workshop has been pre-approved for 7 CPD Points through BC Housing.

Rossland - November 2, 2023

Click here for more information or to register.

Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) – Fall Training

Building Science for Renovations (7 CPD Points)
Do you understand the “house-as-a-system” to design energy-efficient and green renovations and retrofits? Learn skills and tools to incorporate green building and energy-efficient design successfully in your renovation and retrofit projects.

Castlegar – September 27, 2023
Nelson – September 28, 2023
Invermere – November 1, 2023
Cranbrook – November 2, 2023

Kootenay Clean Energy Transition will be providing subsidized course fees ($199) for participants from the RDCK and neighbouring regional districts.

Reaching Future Performance Targets Using Fundamental Enclosure Concepts (7 CPD Points)
Join the Canadian Home Builders Association and RDH Building Science to gain hands-on experience with high-performance air and water barrier membranes and learn fundamental knowledge required to meet the demand of current and future building code requirements.

Through the Kootenay Clean Energy Transition Project, CEA is offering a $199 discount for those joining from the RDCK and neighbouring regional districts!
This session is being held in Cranbrook on October 19. Follow this link to register or learn more.

College of the Rockies Clean Energy Programs
CEA and College of the Rockies are collaborating to deliver clean energy courses this fall! RDCK residents are eligible for up to a $300 subsidy! Follow the links below to learn more or to register.


BCBC 2018 Code Changes - Information Session
As of  May 1, 2023, BC has mandated an increase in the base energy efficiency requirement for new buildings by 20 per cent over an equivalent 2018 base building. This is equivalent to Step 3 for Part 9 (simple) buildings, and Step 2 for Part 3 (complex) buildings. Please see the Step Code page for more information.

On April 13, 2023, the RDCK and RDKB co-hosted a webinar detailing these changes. The recorded webinar can be see on the RDKB website.

Kootenay Clean Energy Transition - Information Sessions for Contractors
The Clean Energy Transition has been hosting webinars for contractors and homeowners on topics relating to energy efficiency in new and existing homes. You can access the recorded webinars at

Home Performance Stakeholder Council – Energy Retrofits Training
The Home Performance Stakeholder Council (HPSC) is a not-for-profit society that supports the growth of the home performance industry in BC. The HPSC offers free online training with the goal to enrol retrofit contractors in their Home Performance Contractor Network (HPCN). HPCN registration is valuable as homeowners are required to work with a HPCN registered contractor in order to qualify for CleanBC home energy efficiency rebates.

Recorded Webinars:
Communtiy Energy Association (CEA) put on a series of webinars in 2022 on high performance building and Step Code. Recordings of these webinars can be seen on their ‘Building a Legacy Toolkit’ website, along with some other great resources at:

You can access webinars on these topics:
• Marketing High Performance Homes
• Building a House as a System: Achieving Net Zero in Cranbrook, BC
• Residential Solar PV Systems: Demystified
• Cold Climate Heat Pumps: Mysteries Unraveled
• Working with an Energy Advisor
• Mechanical System Solutions (3 Part series)
• Enclosure & Airtightness Solutions

BCIT Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings Learning Centre
Online webinars and microcredentials available on zero emissions construction and high performance building.


The content on this page was last updated October 5 2023 at 3:05 AM