Energy Step Code Council

In 2016, the Province established the Energy Step Code Council to support the successful implementation of the BC Energy Step Code and the market transition to net-zero energy ready buildings.

The Building and Safety Standards Branch serves as secretariat for the Council.

As an advisory body, the multi-sector council does not have any formal regulatory or administrative authority. Instead, it provides a venue for stakeholders to gather and share information, and work collaboratively to resolve issues as they arise. Informally, it serves as a “bridge” between the provincial government, utilities, local governments, and the building, development and design sectors, to ensure local governments adopt steps of the BC Energy Step Code in a coordinated manner.

The Province will work with the Energy Step Code Council to monitor how local governments are implementing the standard, including any impacts on housing affordability and technical building requirements.

Issues identified by the council may inform future changes to the technical content of the regulation, or how it is implemented. Under its Terms of Reference, the council:

  • Supports the creation and dissemination of training and capacity building opportunities for local governments, industry, and other stakeholders
  • Develops clear communications for various audiences on what the BC Energy Step Code is, and how to implement it across the province
  • Provides advice and clarification on technical aspects of the BC Energy Step Code
  • Profiles incentives and financing mechanisms
  • Seeks resolution of implementation issues as they arise

A representative of the Building and Safety Standards Branch chairs the council, and acts as a liaison to the provincial government. The council meets quarterly, and is made up of representatives from the building and development sectors, local governments, utilities, and others.

Council Membership

Local Government

  • Building Officials’ Association of British Columbia
  • City of Vancouver
  • Local Government Management Association
  • Planning Institute of British Columbia
  • Union of BC Municipalities
  • University of British Columbia

Industry

  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia
  • British Columbia Construction Association
  • Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia
  • Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia
  • Engineers and Geoscientists BC (the business name of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC)
  • Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association
  • Independent Contractors and Businesses Association
  • Urban Development Institute

Utilities and Consumer Interest

  • BC Housing, Licensing and Consumer Services
  • BC Hydro
  • FortisBC

Provincial Government

  • Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

The content on this page is periodically updated by the Province of British Columbia per the date noted on the page: September 11, 2017.