BC Energy Step Code Implementation

Central Saanich is moving forward with energy efficient new construction via the BC Energy Step Code!

What is the BC Energy Step Code? The Step Code is a provincial regulation enabling local governments to phase in levels, or steps, of increased energy efficient construction. The province intends to transition to require 20% better construction in 2022 (Step 3) and net-zero ready construction (Step 5) by 2032.

How is Central Saanich referencing the Step Code? Beginning January 2020, all new residential construction (and large new commercial buildings) will be required to meet the first level, Step 1. For those properties that have been rezoning, Council requires compliance with a higher step, Step 3.

Where do I find out more information? In the column on the right, subscribe to Central Saanich updates; check out the important links referenced or contact the Building Department.


Central Saanich is moving forward with energy efficient new construction via the BC Energy Step Code!

What is the BC Energy Step Code? The Step Code is a provincial regulation enabling local governments to phase in levels, or steps, of increased energy efficient construction. The province intends to transition to require 20% better construction in 2022 (Step 3) and net-zero ready construction (Step 5) by 2032.

How is Central Saanich referencing the Step Code? Beginning January 2020, all new residential construction (and large new commercial buildings) will be required to meet the first level, Step 1. For those properties that have been rezoning, Council requires compliance with a higher step, Step 3.

Where do I find out more information? In the column on the right, subscribe to Central Saanich updates; check out the important links referenced or contact the Building Department.


  • Jan 1, 2020 Implementation for New Builds

    25 days ago

    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...

    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

  • Green building techniques workshop: Nov 21, 2019

    25 days ago

    Built Green Technical Workshops

    You’re invited to technical workshops, as some industry readies itself for the next step of BC Energy Step Code, while others prepare for the introduction of Step Code in their area.

    The workshop will include a case study informed by local specifications, courtesy of 3rd Generation Homes’ BUILT GREEN® Gold certified project, will consider the building techniques in the area, and alternatives as step code requirements increase.

    Langford Workshop

    When: Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Where: 3588 Honeycrisp Avenue (McCormick Meadows), Langford

    RSVP to a workshop: info@builtgreencanada.ca – we encourage you to bring others...

    Built Green Technical Workshops

    You’re invited to technical workshops, as some industry readies itself for the next step of BC Energy Step Code, while others prepare for the introduction of Step Code in their area.

    The workshop will include a case study informed by local specifications, courtesy of 3rd Generation Homes’ BUILT GREEN® Gold certified project, will consider the building techniques in the area, and alternatives as step code requirements increase.

    Langford Workshop

    When: Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Where: 3588 Honeycrisp Avenue (McCormick Meadows), Langford

    RSVP to a workshop: info@builtgreencanada.ca – we encourage you to bring others interested in attending, though please do RSVP with numbers.

    ** Notes:

    - Please keep in mind that three of these locations are builds-in-progress, so if you have a hard hat and steel-toed boots, we encourage you to wear them.

    - Parking is available on the street. While we realize distance may prevent some of you from attending, we hope one of the locations will work for you.

    • Practical suggestions will be discussed that reflect on economies of scale.

    • Built Green will share updates that provide alternate compliance pathways for an even greater alignment with the BC Energy Step Code in our 2020 checklists.

    Education credits for builders: pending eligibility for 2 CPD points with BC Housing and CPL units with the Planning Institute of British Columbia.

    Learn more: https://www.builtgreencanada.ca/built-green-technical-workshops-in-bc
  • Step Code Implementation

    3 months ago

    Central Saanich staff have reviewed the survey results and prepared a What We Heard report for Council on the key outcomes. The report was presented to Council on August 19, 2019 and based on Council's direction, staff will be preparing minor alterations to facilitate the introduction of the BC Energy Step Code for new construction as of January 2020. The report to Council and survey results can be found under the Document Library section.

    Council has endorsed implementation of Step 1 as of January 1, 2020; and Step 3 for most new residential and Step 2 for new commercial buildings...

    Central Saanich staff have reviewed the survey results and prepared a What We Heard report for Council on the key outcomes. The report was presented to Council on August 19, 2019 and based on Council's direction, staff will be preparing minor alterations to facilitate the introduction of the BC Energy Step Code for new construction as of January 2020. The report to Council and survey results can be found under the Document Library section.

    Council has endorsed implementation of Step 1 as of January 1, 2020; and Step 3 for most new residential and Step 2 for new commercial buildings as of January 1, 2021. The Step Code levels relate to higher energy efficient construction, equipment and tight air barriers which will reduce green house gas emissions and help the District reach our climate leadership plan goals.