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.
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)
Part 3 Buildings - large and complex buildings (4 storeys or taller with greater than 600 square metres of building area)
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:
Incentives and Rebates
Several incentive programs have been introduced to encourage voluntary compliance with higher steps in the Energy Step Code. These include:
- The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation Green Home Program, which offers a 15 or 25-per cent refund on mortgage loan insurance premiums for purchasers of energy-efficient homes.
- Fortis BC New Home Program rebates ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 for constructing to Step 2 to 4 of the Energy Step Code for Part 9 residential buildings. Additional rebates are available for appliances and high-efficiency water heaters.
- Fortis BC commercial new construction performance incentives for Part 3 buildings.
Rebates for homes
- Visit Better Homes BC to find rebates for building or renovating a home.
- Try the rebate search tool.
- Connect with an Energy Coach, a free coaching service for homeowners and commercial building owners and managers in B.C.
Rebates and incentives for commercial buildings
- Visit Better Buildings BC to find incentives for new commercial buildings or renovations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Councul Meeting (Presentation): Building Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2859 - June 23, 2020
Council Meeting (Presentation): Step Code Implementation Strategy – January 28, 2020