The City of Penticton is moving toward a more sustainable future to ensure this vibrant, economically sound and environmentally sensitive valley can prosper for generations to come. To help reduce emissions and energy demand, we implemented the BC Energy Step Code (BCESC) on March 15, 2019.
What is the BC Energy Step Code?
The BCESC is a series of steps for improving energy performance levels of buildings. It measures the efficiency of all components of the building, such as its airtightness, building envelope and mechanical equipment. Not only does the BCESC reduce energy consumption of buildings, but it offers a healthier indoor environment for occupants, building longevity, and a lower cost on utilities.
We Offer HELP
The City also offers “HELP” for existing homes through its Home Energy Loan Program (HELP), which can work in conjunction with Fortis BC's HERO Program offering rebates for insulation, air sealing and more. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Penticton is Stepping Ahead
The BC Energy Step Code will soon be mandatory province-wide for all new residential and commercial buildings. In 2022, it will require 20% efficiency improvement over base code requirements, 40% in 2027 and 80% in 2032.
Here in Penticton, we now require part 9 residential buildings achieve a minimum of Step 3 of the BCESC, ahead of the province-wide mandatory compliance in fall of 2022. As of March 31st of this year, we will also require Part 3 complex commercial buildings to comply with step 1 of the BCESC. Click here for more information on requirements for Part 3 Buildings and our Step Code Part-9 and Step Code Part-3 bulletins. This video outlines the process.
Changes to the BCESC Building Process
Building Permit Application Requirements
Energy Advisors and Resources