Jan 1, 2020 Implementation for New Builds

For new builds, the District of Central Saanich is moving forward requiring Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code in 2020. (Starting January 1, 2021, Step 2 or 3 construction will be required, depending on building type.)

To encourage higher step code construction, the District is offering rebates on building permit fees ranging from 25% for achieving Step 3 to 100% for reaching Step 5, when building to a higher step than required.

What does this mean?

Step 1 is simple: Just construct to the BC Building Code. The only additional requirement is to consult with a certified Energy Advisor to model and test your new build. While there are no specific targets to meet, it does allow you an opportunity to become familiar with the principles of energy efficient construction: airtightness; building envelope; and, heating, venting and cooling equipment.

Central Saanich is offering a one-time rebate of up to $500 per builder for the cost of an energy advisor and/or mid-construction blower door test.Please contact staff at the Building Department at 250-544-4217 for information.

For rezonings, Central Saanich currently requires Step 3 compliant construction for those buildings constructed following a rezoning approval.

Learn more about the District of Central Saanich’s approach

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