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, with communications to regional stakeholders to occur during the last quarter of 2020.

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.

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.