BC Energy Step Code
The BC Energy Step Code was introduced in 2017 as an opt-in better than base code energy efficiency standard for new buildings. The Energy Step Code establishes measureable energy-efficiency requirements for each Step in the Energy Step Code.
The Province has an implementation schedule to incrementally align the base building code with steps in the Energy Step Code to reach the highest level by 2032. The most recent milestone in the schedule was reached May 1, 2023. The highest Step for Part 9 (small residential buildings) is Step 5 and for Part 3 (multi-unit residential over three storeys, and most office and commercial buildings) is Step 4.
The current Energy Step code requirements for New Westminster is Step 3 for both Part 9 and Part 3 buildings, with an increase in requirements beginning January 1, 2024.
Further information on the BC Energy Step Code can be found by visiting their website.