BC Energy Step Code

On October 6, 2020, Building Bylaw 1284, 2020 and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No 1125-11 were adopted by Town of Gibsons’ Council.

One significant component of the Town’s Building Bylaw update is the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code, a provincial standard designed to help both local government and industry steadily move toward a future where all new buildings across BC are “net-zero energy-ready” by 2032.

The bylaw sets an implementation date of January 1, 2021 for Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code for all new Part 3 (large and complex) and Part 9 (houses and small) buildings.

The SCRD has also passed similar legislation and the District of Sechelt is expected to adopt the new standards shortly.

Builders’ Webinar

On December 8, 2020, the local governments of the Sunshine Coast hosted a one-hour Zoom webinar to discuss the implementation of Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code on January 1, 2021. Presenters included representatives from: the Town of Gibsons; BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation; Fortis BC; Community Energy Association; and a Certified Energy Advisor.

To view a recorded version of the webinar, please click here.

To view a complete slide deck of the presentations, please click here.

Helpful Resources

Get the basics on the BC Energy Step Code and its implementation on the Sunshine Coast here.

Please visit www.energystepcode.ca/all-resources/ for a wide selection of resources, updates, and webinars, as well as training courses and resources to teach building industry professionals how to build more energy-efficient buildings.

Additionally, the Community Energy Association has created some Energy Step Code resources and short videos through the “Building a Legacy” initiative.

Would you like to learn more about the BC Energy Step Code? Please visit www.energystepcode.ca for a wide selection of resources, updates, training publications and webinars.

Bookmark these pages for even more information about adopting the BC Energy Step Code:

CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program

FortisBC New Home Program

Community Energy Association

Certified Energy Advisors

History of Local Implementation of the BC Energy Step Code

On February 4, 2020, Town of Gibsons’ staff introduced a report to the Planning and Development Committee regarding the BC Energy Step Code. Following that meeting, Council passed a resolution to begin a consultation on the Step Code in a regionally coordinated manner. Read related Staff Report here.

In May and June 2020, the Town of Gibsons, District of Sechelt, SCRD and Sechelt Indian Government District partnered to survey local stakeholders about their understanding of, and desire to implement, the BC Energy Step Code.

In July 2020, Town of Gibsons’ staff reported back on the survey, noting that most respondents supported a regional implementation of the Step Code to Step 1 in Fall/Winter 2020. Read related Staff Report here.

On October 6, 2020, Building Bylaw 1284, 2020 and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No 1125-11 were adopted by the Town of Gibsons’ Council. Other local Sunshine Coast governments are expected to implement the BC Energy Step Code by the end of 2020.