BC Energy Step CodeBC Energy Step Code
The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial standard enacted in April 2017 that provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that go beyond the requirements of the base BC Building Code. This new standard is a vital measure to enable BC to meet the Provincial goal to construct net-zero energy ready buildings by 2032. It does so by establishing a series of measurable, performance-based energy-efficiency requirements for construction that communities may choose to adopt when ready. The BC Energy Step Code groups these energy-efficiency requirements into a series of “steps.” Find out more about the Energy Step Code here.
In June 2018, City Council adopted BC Energy Step Code requirements into the Richmond's Building Regulation Bylaw.
The City has published four Bulletins to help applicants understand the City's BC Energy Step Code requirements:
- Building-37 - Energy Step Code: Overview for Part 9 Buildings
- Building-38 - Building to the Energy Step Code: Single Family Dwellings and Duplexes
- Building-39 - Building to the Energy Step Code: Part 9 Townhouses and Apartments
- Building-40 - Building to the Energy Step Code: Part 3 Buildings
Learn more about the City’s consultation and related initiatives to improve the energy performance of new buildings in Richmond here.