BC Energy Step Code for New Buildings

The City of Penticton has implemented the BC Energy Step Code.  The effective date is March 15, 2019.  The BC Energy Step Code is a set of steps for improving energy performance levels.  It measures the efficiency of different parts of the building, such as its airtightness, windows and walls, roofing and mechanical equipment. The BC Energy Step Code will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the energy performance and comfort of new buildings in Penticton.

Changes to Building Process

Starting March 15, 2019 Step One of the Step Code will apply to all Part 9 residential buildings, such as the following:

  • Single Detached Houses;
  • Duplexes;
  • Three-plex Housing;
  • Four-plex Housing;
  • Rowhousing;
  • Low Rise Apartment Housing; and 
  • accessory suites (when part of new construction).

Any dwelling which achieves a minimum of Step 3, of the Step Code, prior to March 15, 2020 will receive a building permit fee discount rebate after certified reports meets Step 3.

Step 3 will be implemented March 15, 2020.

  Building Permit Applied On
March 15, 2019 March 15, 2020
Part 9
(such as SFD, Duplex, Multifamily)
Step 1 Step 3

Visit the BC Energy Step Code website for more information on each of the Step requirements.

Building Permit Application Requirements

The following documents are required  as part of all new building permit applications for Step Code projects:

  • An energy modeling report (typically an EnerGuide report for Part 9 houses) must accompany all building permit applications,
  • A BC Energy Compliance Report (Pre-Construction - see below)
    • Energy Modelling for Hot2000 should use Summerland for Climatic Data (Location - see Map [PDF - 74 KB])
  • The application shall also include energy statements on the drawings indicating that the project complies with the BC Energy Step Code, the climate zone (Climate Zone 5), the specific Step pursued and the required step code target metrics (TEDI, TEUI/MEUI, Airtightness) and the actual values achieved in the model as applicable,
  • Permit drawings submitted must be the version used for energy modelling and compliance report,
  • Thermal assemblies & Air barrier details (matching modeling and compliance report) shall be clearly shown on the drawings,
  • The main cross-section drawing shall show a continuous red line indicating the air barrier location(s).

Available Step Code Incentives

The following incentives are currently available for new residential construction:

Compliance Reports

BC Step Code Compliance Reports
Pre-Construction BCESC Compliance Report-PreConstruction
[PDF - 104 KB]
As-Built BCESC Compliance Report-AsBuilt
[PDF - 102 KB]
Currently only required for Step 1 - Part 9 New Construction

Education Information

Visit the BC Housing website for more information on educational opportunities

Energy Advisors

When Step Code is implemented in Penticton, builders will be required to hire a certified energy advisor to meet Step 1 minimum requirements. Learn more about Energy Advisors.

Local Energy Advisors:

Airtightness Testing

Airtightness testing at the building completion stage is another new core requirement of the Step Code in Penticton. To meet Step 1 requirements, the Province requires that Part 9 builders conduct a final airtightness test to receive an occupancy permit. Buildings do not need to achieve provincial performance requirements until Step 1.

Your certified energy advisor will help with these tests and suggest ways you can improve your building’s energy performance.