As of February 1, 2021 applications for new construction in Pitt Meadows will be required to meet Step 2 (10% more energy efficient) of the B.C. Energy Step Code.

The Energy Step Code provides an incremental approach to:

  • improving the energy efficiency of new buildings; and
  • ensuring that all new construction in B.C. will be “net zero energy ready” (i.e. up to 80 per cent more energy efficient than the current base B.C. Building Code) by 2032.

The Energy Step Code establishes energy-efficiency targets at each level or “Step”, and designers or builders can work with a certified Energy Advisor and decide how to meet them.

The City is implementing the Energy Step Code gradually to allow builders and developers to become familiar with higher performance construction and airtightness testing before implementing higher Steps.

Introducing Step 2 in Pitt Meadows will affect all building permit applications received on or after February 1, 2021.

Why is this important?

The Energy Step Code provides a single set of building standards to improve the consistency of B.C.’s building regulations and guide future updates of the B.C. Building Code.

Some of the benefits of implementing the Energy Step Code are:

  • reducing energy bills and providing greater comfort for homeowners and building occupants;
  • supporting energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction policies in the City’s Official Community Plan;
  • ensuring that new construction meets proposed increases in energy efficiency requirements in the B.C. Building Code: increasing energy efficiency of new homes by 20 per cent by 2022 and 40 per cent by 2027.

Building Classifications

The Energy Step Code applies to two types of buildings defined in the BC Building Code:

Part 9 Buildings - houses and small buildings (maximum of 3 storeys with a maximum of 600 square metres of building area)

  • includes single family homes, duplexes, townhouses, small apartment buildings, and small stores, offices and industrial shops
     

Part 3 Buildings - large and complex buildings (4 storeys or taller with greater than 600 square metres of building area)

  • includes larger apartment buildings, condos, shopping malls, office buildings, hospitals, care facilities, schools, churches, theatres and restaurants

Timeline

The BC Energy Step Code sets requirements for new construction, and groups them into “Steps”, which each represent an increase in energy efficiency performance.

The following is the City’s timeline for implementing the Energy Step Code:

Building Bylaw No. 2131

Incentives and Rebates

Several incentive programs have been introduced to encourage voluntary compliance with higher steps in the Energy Step Code. These include:

Rebates for homes

Rebates and incentives for commercial buildings

Frequently Asked Questions

Builders

Homeowners

Community

Contact

Building Department
Phone:      604.465.2428
Fax:            604.465.2404
Email:       info@pittmeadows.ca

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