Build energy-efficient homes

Energy-efficient home

Building to a higher energy efficiency standard pays off

Build to a higher standard. It will set your development apart and future-proof your homes for evolving provincial and national energy-efficiency standards.

Prospective home buyers will feel the difference the moment they step inside a home built to the ENERGY STARĀ® for New Homes standard (or beyond.) These homes are more comfortable, healthier to live in, and provide energy bill savings year after year.

Buildings We Love: A look at energy efficient buildings in B.C.

Get to know the BC Energy Step Code

To start with, learn about the BC Energy Step Code.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • The BC Energy Step Code provides a new province-wide standard for energy efficiency that goes beyond the base BC Building Code.
  • As of December 15, 2017, local governments in B.C. can enact the Energy Step Code to either replace their existing green building policies, or to move toward net zero energy buildings.
  • The BC Energy Step Code is based on a consistent, incremental approach to achieving energy efficiency.
  • BC Hydro and numerous partners are here to support builders and industry members through capacity building,

Learn more about the BC Energy Step Code

It's also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the variety of existing energy performance programs in Canada, including:

New home incentives

Financial incentives for qualified homes that are natural gas heated are provided by FortisBC, which also provides incentives for electrically-heated homes in the FortisBC electric service territory.

To find out more, visit

Connect with your local government to inquire about incentives or rebate programs they may have to offer.  


Buildings We Love