Training & Events

Stay up to date with online workshops, courses, webinars and events designed to help you learn about best contruction 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.


RDCK’s Step Code Tailgates (Informational Sessions)

  • Tentatively planned for sometime in early to mid-May. More details to follow in late April.
  • They will be formatted as ‘open houses’, focussing on one-on-one conversations, for homeowner-builders and contractors, with reps from the building department, and community sustainability. The plan currently is to host them in Nakusp, Silverton, Kaslo, Crawford Bay, and Creston, at building official offices and/or participating building centres. More details to follow in late April.

Town of Creston’s Modern Building Practices Workshop (CPD points waiting to be confirmed)
Creston and District Community Complex
Thursday, June 8, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday June 9, 2023 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Stay tuned for more information and registration details coming soon.

RDCK’s Step Code Informational Open Houses

Tentatively planned for June. More details to follow in late May.

  • Focussing on one-on-one conversations over coffee for homeowner-builders and contractors, with a Building Official and the Energy Specialist
  • Proposed locations: Nakusp, Silverton, Kaslo, Castlegar, Crawford Bay, and Creston, at building official offices and/or participating building centres.

Modern Approach to High Efficiency Buildings – Town of Creston and FortisBC
(14.5 BCHousing CPD points
In collaboration with Fortis, the Town of Creston has organized this workshop to empower our building community with the latest knowledge and expertise on achieving high efficiency standards in home construction. Top end presenters from BCIT and TECA along with consultants in our area speaking and answering questions on High efficient assemblies, and material applications along with much more. Please note the event will be fully catered with a lunch and coffee bar for both days. This seminar is Registered with BC Housing and will account for 14.5 CPD Credits.

Creston and District Community Complex
Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

For more information and to register, please visit the Eventbrite site.


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 - Home Energy Retrofit Series

Financing Programs June 6, 2023 at 7:00pm PT
There are many elements of an energy-efficient home such as heat pumps, energy-efficient windows and doors, heat pump water heaters, ample insulation, and more! Join us with CleanBC’s Energy Coach to learn how energy-efficient upgrades can achieve a more comfortable home and how to access rebates and incentives.

Electric Vehicles June 13, 2023 at 7:00pm PT
Join us with Community Energy Association's Danielle Wiess and Kootenay A Plus Systems’ Gerald Pinard to discuss all things electric vehicles, including electric vehicle charging, important install considerations, costing, and available incentive programs.

Solar PV June 20, 2023 at  7:00pm PT
Kootenay Solar's Grace Storvold will take us through solar photovoltaic systems, including how solar panels work, ways to mount solar panels, installing solar panels in the Kootenay and Boundary region, and available incentive programs.

Visit for more information.

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.


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