BC Energy Step Code for New Buildings

The City of Penticton has implemented the BC Energy Step Code.  It will come into effect on 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.

Information - Education

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.

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.