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 is a provincial set of standards to construct energy-efficient and airtight buildings. These compliance standards ensure that the province will be Net-Zero Energy Ready by 2032. To reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heating space and water in buildings, the Province has developed the Zero Carbon Step Code (formerly the Carbon Pollution Standard). These standards outline carbon performance tiers that can be adopted by local governments to achieve zero operational GHG emissions in by 2030. Read more information on the BC Energy Step Code and Zero Carbon Step Code.
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.
In May 2023, Whistler hit a significant milestone on our journey to achieving this target when Council adopted higher steps of the BC Energy Step Code and adopted the Zero Carbon Step Code, effective January 1, 2024. The adopted changes are outlined in the table below.
Incentives for builders
Know more about incentive funding opportunities provided by the RMOW and Efficiency BC.