BC Energy Step Code
What is Step Code?
The BC Energy Step Code is currently an energy efficiency standard in the BC Building Code. The Province of BC has committed to taking incremental steps to increase energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to make new buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032. All new buildings must be 20% better than current building code by December 2022. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is getting ready for this change and is here to help you adapt.
The RDOS is engaging communities and industry professionals across the regional district in order to build knowledge and skills for compliance while minimizing the risk of non-compliance and the cost to consumers.
The RDOS is considering 3 options for implementation:
- Mandatory compliance with Energy Step Code (lower steps) and associated incentives before it becomes BC Building Code
- Voluntary compliance with Energy Step Code and associated incentives before it becomes BC Building Code
- Wait for the Province to mandate Step 3 through BC Building Code in December 2022.