Energy-Efficient Homes

The City of Penticton has implemented the BC Energy Step Code effective 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 the Building Process

As of January 1, 2021 Step Three of the Step Code applies 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).

Building Permit Application Requirements

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

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

  • An energy modelling report (typically an EnerGuide report for Part 9 houses) must accompany all building permit applications,
  • A BC Energy Compliance Report (Pre-Construction )
    • 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 modelling 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:

  • Mid-Construction Blower Door Test - Refund of $250.00 for all new Simple (Part 9) residential projects, issued as of January 1, 2020 (refund is per residential building).
  • City of Penticton - Any dwelling which achieves a minimum of Step 3, of the Step Code at time of Occupancy, will receive a 5% building permit fee rebate.
  • Fortis – New Home Construction -

Compliance Reports

BC Step Code Compliance Reports
Pre-ConstructionBCESC Compliance Report-PreConstruction
Mid-ConstructionMid-Construction Vertification Report
As-BuiltBCESC Compliance Report-AsBuilt
Currently only required for Step 1 - Part 9 New Construction
Please verify forms are current.  See BC Energy Step Code for forms

Education Information

StepWin is a software that provides builders, designers and Energy Advisors a simple way to test different design options and considerations while designing a home to comply with the BC Energy Step Code.  StepWin makes it easy to test different scenarios quickly, enabling the most cost effective and energy efficient option to be determined.  Visit the StepWin website to sign up and try it out! Please note that the City takes no responsibility for the user’s access to and use of the Lambda software.

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

The City does not endorse any advisor over another.  The Advisors above have Business Licences with City of Penticton or Okanagan Similkameen Intercommunity Business Licences (OSIBL).  Please check with to find the most current providers.

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.

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