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Whole building design

High-rise construction Vancouver

Funding is currently fully subscribed

Thanks to strong interest from the development community in B.C., funding for this program is currently fully subscribed.

Funding and technical assistance to design energy-efficient buildings

The whole building design offer helps ensure that new developments and major building retrofits are designed to be high-performing and energy efficient, right from the early stages of the design process.

The offer

When this program is in market, we provide resources, technical assistance, and potential funding to help building developers and design teams create high-performance, energy-efficient buildings at a lower cost.


Your new commercial or multi-unit residential buildings projects must:

  • Be located in BC Hydro’s service area.
  • Have potential electricity savings of at least 50,000 kWh per year.
  • Be early in the design process.

In addition, your project must comply with our program/modelling requirements.

How to apply

Applications are not currently being accepted as the program funding is fully subscribed.


Program/modelling requirements

Energy-efficient lighting design

Use our calculator to estimate the potential electrical demand and energy savings of lighting systems that are designed for your project, compared to baseline lighting requirements per the B.C. Building Code.

New construction program lighting calculator [XLS, 454 KB] 

Lighting calculator reference guide [PDF, 55 KB]