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The BC Energy Step Code is a voluntary roadmap that establishes progressive performance targets (i.e., steps) that support market transformation from the current energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to net zero energy ready buildings. It establishes a set of incremental performance steps for new buildings that aims to communicate the future intent of the Building Code and improve consistency in building requirements across B.C. to transition to net zero energy ready buildings by 2032. It is a voluntary tool local governments across B.C. can use to encourage—or require—the construction of more energy-efficient buildings in their communities, and do so in a consistent, predictable way.

The BC Energy Step Code takes a new, performance-based approach rather than the traditional prescriptive approach. This means the BC Energy Step Code does not specify how to construct a building, but identifies an energy-efficiency target that must be met and lets the designer/builder decide how to meet it

In addition to being a voluntary standard for builders, the BC Energy Step Code may also be referenced in local government bylaws and policies as an ‘unrestricted matter’ under the Building Act.

The Province has established the multi-stakeholder Energy Step Code Council to support local governments and industry towards smooth implementation of the BC Energy Step Code. The Energy Step Code Council will actively support the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code with research, training, communications, and policy guidance for stakeholders.

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