The Energy Step Code (ESC) paves the path to achieving a future of Net-Zero Energy ready buildings and homes.
The BC Energy Step Code are provincial standards to encourage the construction of energy-efficient and airtight buildings beyond the requirements of the BC Building Code. These compliance standards ensure the province will be Net-Zero Energy Ready by 2032. Since January 1, 2019, the Resort Municipality of Whistler has been adopting the Energy Step Code for all its new Part 9 residential buildings (generally single family, duplex and smaller multi-family buildings).
Working towards the top level of BC's Step Code
In December 2020, Whistler Council adopted the Big Moves Climate Action Strategy, which includes the goal that by 2030, all new buildings in Whistler will achieve the top level of the BC Energy Step Code and use only low carbon heating systems.
Whistler has a phased approach and timelines to adopt progressively higher steps of the BC Energy Step Code. In November 2021, RMOW staff held a workshop to review these plans with the Whistler building sector. Feedback from this session informed our approach, and the RMOW is now holding an information session on the BC Energy Step Code and Zero Carbon Step Code (formerly the Carbon Pollution Standard) implementation update. See details on the information session below.
Whistler BC Energy Step Code Implementation Information Session 2023
The RMOW invites all building industry stakeholders to attend a virtual sector-specific information session on the RMOW’s next steps in implementing the BC Energy Step Code. This session will give a timeline for the RMOW’s proposed BC Energy Step Code adoption for part 3 buildings, Step increase for part 9 buildings, and adoption of the provincial Zero Carbon Step Code (formerly the Carbon Pollution Standard).
Date: April 5, 2023
Time: 2 to 3 p.m. Pacific Time
Registration: click here
Please share this information session details with your building sector network.
Incentives for builders
Know more about incentive funding opportunities provided by the RMOW and Efficiency BC.