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BC Energy Step Code

BC Energy Step Code

The BC Energy Step Code is a compliance path in the BC Building Code that local government may use to incentivize or require a level of energy efficiency in new construction that goes above and beyond the requirements of the base BC Building Code. It consists of a series of steps, representing increasing levels of energy-efficiency performance. By gradually adopting one or more steps, local governments can increase building performance requirements in their communities. The Province of BC has set a goal that all new buildings must reach a net-zero energy ready level of efficiency by 2031; the BC Energy Step Code serves as the policy pathway to reach that goal.

The District has adopted bylaws for the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code. We are currently at Level 1 for all buildings. As of January 1st 2020 we will increase to Level 3 for all buildings with the exception of guest cottages, which will remain at Level 2. Smaller renovations and additions are not subject to the Energy Step Code but will be subject to the prescriptive requirements of the BC Building Code.

BC Energy Step Code Website

BC Energy Step Code Builder Guide

Permit Fees

See Section 5.9 of the Building and Plumbing Bylaw 1150

Please note that the District accepts cash, cheque or interac but does not accept credit cards.

For more information, please contact the Planning and Community Services department.

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