BC Energy Step Code to enter into force
December 12, 2015 — The BC Energy Step Code will come into legal force on December 15. On that same day, any green-building bylaws that B.C. cities may be using to regulate energy efficiency (i.e. BuiltGreen, Energy Star) will be rendered unenforceable.
By Ellen Cools
To date, 14 B.C. local governments have notified the province that they will be adopting the step code; one has already done so.
The provincial government has set a goal that all new buildings must reach a “net-zero energy ready” level of efficiency by 2032. The federal government has set a similar goal for all of Canada for 2030.