The BC step code is a layered implementation for a net zero building (residential or commercial), with the aim of having all new buildings having a net zero energy footprint by 2032. With the undeniable effects of climate change, this is a necessary initiative for the construction industry to help mitigate the further deterioration of the environment.
What is a net zero building? Basically it’s an edifice constructed to a specification that ensures that it will show itself to consume zero energy on an annual basis. This means that certain technologies will have to be included in the house or building so that it generates energy onsite. With regard to the BC step code, the implementation is layered into 5 steps, and aims for increasing efficiency over time, with net zero compliance by 2032.
The 5 levels of the step code (for homes) are:
- Compliance with the enhanced building code