BC Energy Step Code

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 3 becoming mandatory for all part 9 buildings, and Step 2 becoming mandatory for all part 3 buildings, on January 1, 2022.

To learn more about the Step Code, visit the Provincial Step Code website

City of Kamloops January 1, 2022 adoption:

  • Part 9 Buildings: Step 3
  • Part 3 Buildings: Step 2
Step Code Incentives for Part 9 Buildings

Looking to engage with the Step Code? Take advantage of the programs listed below, depending on where you are at in the building process. 

NEW As-Built Incentive Program – For Newly Completed Projects

Have you just finished a home-building project and want to know how it measures up to the Step Code? Take advantage of the City’s new As-Built Incentive Program! Receive a $350 rebate when you hire an Energy Advisor to evaluate the project (houses must be finished) to learn what Step you achieved. 

Application Requirements

  • Completed Step Code As-Built form
  • EnerGuide Label*

Submit these two documents via email to ddecandole@kamloops.ca 
Include the company name and address that the rebate is to be mailed to.

The Fine Print

  • Each builder is eligible to receive incentives for a maximum of 1 unit. 
  • Please allow 20 business days for payment to be processed.
  • The Energy Advisor must have an active business licence in the City of Kamloops.
  • If an EnerGuide label is not available, provide a comparable energy label to meet compliance requirements.
  • Note: Units included in the As-Built Incentive Program may not be included in the Step Code Incentive Program.

*Note that labels will be held in the property information file as a permanent record and will be included on publicly available property reports.

Step Code Incentive Program – For New Projects That Aim to be Step Code Compliant

Voluntarily comply with the Step Code, and take advantage of all the incentives available. Complete the Orientation and Registration and plan to meet the submission requirements below.

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 m2 in 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 Form
  • PDF or printed copy of 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:

  • Step Code As-Built Form
  • PDF of energy label
  • PDF of Hot2000 Model Full Report

Click here for Step Code compliance forms and tools  

The Fine Print

  • Each builder is able to apply for incentives for a maximum of 4 units.
  • Incentive payment is triggered when applicants have submitted required paperwork and are issued the final occupancy permit.
  • Please allow 20 business days for payment to be processed.
  • Program participants must register separately for each project.
  • The Energy Advisor must have active business licence in the City of Kamloops.
  • If an EnerGuide label is not available, provide a comparable energy label to meet compliance requirements.
  • Note: Units included in the Step Code Incentive Program may not be included in the As-Built Incentive Program.
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
Additional Incentives and Training Opportunities

FortisBC New Home Program 

Home Performance RebateEnergy Advisor Support RebateAdditional Rebates
  • Step 2 - $3,000
  • Step 3 - $4,000
  • Step 4 - $6,000
  • Step 5 - $10,000
  • $200 paid to the Energy Advisor
  • $800 paid to the Builder
  • ENERGY STAR natural gas dryer - $100
  • EnerChoice® natural gas fireplace - $500
  • Drain water heat recovery system - $250
  • Connected Thermostats - $100
Please visit the FortisBC New Home Program website for details and additional offers. 
 

FortisBC Design Offer: Builders pursuing steps 3, 4, or 5, may receive up to $7,000 when working with Integrated Design Process facilitators and/or envelope and mechanical consultants. Click here for more information on the FortisBC Design offer

CleanBC New Construction Program
Build a home to BC Energy Step Code 3 or higher using electric space and water heating systems.

ESC StepRebateEnergy Advisor Support RebateAll-Electric Bonus (optional)
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  • Step 5

$4,000
$6,000
$10,000

$1,000 per individually-modelled home or unit as follows:

  • $800 to the Builder
  • $200 to the Energy Advisor

$4,000 per home or unit

Please visit the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program for details and additional offers. 
 

Upcoming Training

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