BC Energy Step Code

City of Kamloops Step Code Incentive Program

The City of Kamloops Energy Step Code Incentive Program aims to support local home builders who are interested in preparing themselves for the BC Energy Step Code (Step Code). The program is the result of extensive engagement with the building industry and supports a collaborative learning experience for local home builders and City of Kamloops building officials as our community prepares for the Step Code becoming mandatory in 2022.

How to Participate

To be eligible to participate, builders must complete the City of Kamloops Energy Step Code Incentive Program orientation and registration. The program is geared to residential projects less than three storeys and 600 min area and must be constructed within City limits.

1) Complete Program Orientation and Registration

2) Submit Building Permit Application

The following additional Step Code documents must be submitted with the building permit application:

  • Step Code Pre-Construction Report
  • printout of complete Hot2000 Model Full Report
  • proof of Energy Advisor City of Kamloops business licence
  • proof of Energy Advisor errors and omissions insurance ($1 million) and general liability insurance ($2 million)

3) Submit Final Documentation

The following additional Step Code documents must be submitted with the final documentation:

  • as-built form, indicating Step Code level achieved (minimum Step 1)
  • PDF of energy label
  • printout of complete Hot2000 Model Full Report

The Fine Print

  1. The City reserves the right to limit incentives to builders based on program participation and demand.
  2. Incentive payment is triggered when applicants have submitted required paperwork and are issued the final occupancy permit.
  3. Please allow 20 business days for payment to be processed.
  4. Program participants must register separately for each project.
  5. The Energy Advisor must have active business licence in the City of Kamloops.
  6. If an EnerGuide label is not available, provide a comparable energy label to meet compliance requirements.
Note: Energy labels will be held in the property information file as a permanent record and will be included on publicly available property reports.

City of Kamloops Incentives 

Projects are eligible for the incentive that corresponds with the step that is achieved according to the as-built form that the energy advisor completes.

Step Achieved
 Step OneStep TwoStep ThreeStep FourStep Five
Incentive$1,000$2,000$3,000$3,000$3,000

FortisBC Incentives

FortisBC has adopted the BC Energy Step Code as the energy performance standard for its New Home Program. Build a home that is more energy-efficient than the minimum BC Building Code requirements, and you can qualify for a home performance rebate.
 
Step Achieved
 Step OneStep TwoStep ThreeStep FourStep Five
Incentive$400$1,400$2,400$4,400$8,400
 

The Step Code

The Province has committed to taking incremental steps to increase energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to make buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032. Through the CleanBC Plan the Province has committed to a first step of requiring all new buildings to be 20% better than current code by 2022. The BC Energy Step Code, a part of the BC Building Code, supports these efforts.

The Step Code takes a new, performance-based approach rather than the traditional prescriptive approach. The Step Code does not specify how to construct a building—instead, it identifies an energy-efficiency target that must be met and lets the designer/builder decide how to meet it. To comply with the Step Code, builders must use energy modelling software and on-site testing to demonstrate that both their design and the constructed building meet the requirements of the Step Code.

More information can be found at EnergyStepCode.ca.