BC Step Code Compliance

The BC Energy Step Code provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy efficient buildings.

The BC Energy Step Code (Energy Step Code) is a provincial standard that involves a series of “steps” representing improving energy performance levels. It measures the performance of different parts of the building, such as airtightness level, envelope thermal performance, and mechanical equipment efficiency. The Step Code will improve home comfort and help to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions from new buildings in BC.

Showing compliance to the BC Step Code is now mandatory across the province. We use energy software modelling and work with your designer to ensure your new house complies to the required “Step” in your area and provide the necessary paperwork to be submitted with your building permit. The sooner we can be involved in the process the more opportunity there may be for cost savings in construction. Allowing us to come into a project in the preliminary design phase means we can have feedback on design elements that may impact energy performance and compliance. We can even do some preliminary modelling to see how the design is shaping up along the way. We can’t stress enough how much this integrated approach can impact the buildings performance and cost of construction.

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Benefits

Lower bills
Heating can be expensive. With the average home losing all its heat upwards of 10 times per hour, it is no wonder homeowners are paying steep Hydro bills. The Step Code includes increased insulation and more airtightness. At the higher Steps, the requirements can mean losing heat as little as just once every hour. That is a massive difference that will lead to significant savings over the course of a year.
More comfortable homes
Better build practices also make homes more comfortable as temperatures are consistent. You no longer have hot and cold spots. Your home get less hot in the summer and less cold in the winter. It maintains an ideal temperature year-round.
Safer homes
Old building practices allowed more drafts and moisture in homes, leading to wood being damaged and mould growing. Step Code requirements will make homes more airtight and will lower the moisture level inside them. This will allow homes to last longer and will prevent the growth of health hazards like black mould.
Fewer renovations down the road
By 2032, all new homes in BC must be Net-Zero ready. After that, all existing homes need to be upgraded to be Net-Zero ready by 2050. The Step Code moves toward that goal now, reducing the number of renovations you will have to do down the road. In fact, even if Step 4 or 5 is not required in your area, you may want to build to one of those levels, preventing you from having to do major upgrades later on.

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