BC Energy Step Code and Zero Carbon Step Code

Webinars for Energy Advisors, Engineers and Building Officials: Revised BCBC, Step Code, and Zero Energy Step Code

On May 1, 2023, Revision 5 of the BC Building Code 2018 came into effect. Revised Step Code Compliance Checklists for Part 9 and Part 3 buildings have since been released to reflect the changes, which include updates to the Energy Step Code and the introduction of the Zero Carbon Step Code. Free webinars will provide an overview of how to use/review the revised checklists, including typical case studies and more complex examples. User Guides will be introduced, and attendees will be provided with an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. CPD credits to be confirmed.

Part 9
• Checklist Users - Wed, Oct 11 2023 from 9.30am - 12pm. Register here.
• Local Governments - Wed, Oct 4 from 9.30 - 12pm. Register here.
Part 3
• Checklist Users - Thu, Oct 5 2023 from 10.30am - 12pm. Register here.
• Local Governments - Thu, Oct 12 from 10.30am - 12pm. Register here

Video recordings will be available at a later date here..

Learn more about the revised BC Step Code Compliance Checklist Webinars

May 2023 - New Zero Carbon Step Code Requirements

At the April 24, 2023 meeting, Council approved an approach for implementing the new BC Zero Carbon Step code for new construction in Saanich. See our Step Code Fact Sheet [PDF - 115 KB] for more information, or view the slides [PDF - 4 MB] or video recording from the June 7, 2023 information session. 

The approach includes:

  • No further acceleration of the BC Energy Step code - as of May 1, 2023, any higher energy efficiency requirements would now come into effect through BC Building Code revisions, expected to reach the highest steps by 2030. 
  • Implementation of the new BC Zero Carbon Step Code as described below:

Zero Carbon Step Code Adoption Schedule

Zero Carbon Performance Level   Implementation Date 
Part 9 Buildings Part 3 MURBs* 6 storeys or fewer Remaining Part 3 Buildings

Measure Only

(GHG Emission Level 1)
May 1, 2023 May 1, 2023 May 1, 2023

Zero Carbon Performance Level

(GHG Emission Level 4)
Nov 1, 2023 July 1, 2024 Nov 1, 2024

 *Multi-Unit Residiential Building (MURB)

 For a building to meet the Zero Carbon Performance Level (GHG Emission Level 4), most will use electricity for all building systems (dependent upon design). The BC Hydro grid is currently 97% renewable with a commitment to provide 100% renewable energy by 2030. Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is not recognized for compliance with the Zero Carbon Step Code requirements.

All new Part 9 building applications will also be required to provide an electronic copy of the EnerGuide Rating System energy label, Passive House Certificate or an approved standard comparable energy label to the District of Saanich. A copy of the energy label must also be affixed to the building (e.g. on the electrical panel) prior to occupancy.

As with the BC Energy Step Code, implementation of the new Zero Carbon Step Code will occur as part of the Building Permit application process. It will be important for applicants and design teams to be aware of these requirements early in the development and design process.

The approved approach has been informed by detailed technical analysis and a comprehensive regional engagement process undertaken throughout 2022. The Council report and presentation can be viewed here (see item G.5. on the agenda).

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Building Type Definitions

Part 9 - Houses and small buildings that are three storeys or less and have a building area no more than 600 square metres. Most commonly single family homes, duplexes and some townhomes.

Part 3 - Buildings that have a building area 600 square metres or greater or are greater than three storeys. Typically apartment buildings, condos, commercial, institutional or industrial uses.

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