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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 BC Energy Step Code or other voluntary national energy performance programs, such as:

These homes are more comfortable, healthier to live in, and provide energy bill savings year after year.

High performance starts with early planning and design

To ensure your project can meet these high-performance standards, it’s important to consider energy efficiency early on in your project’s design. This includes setting performance objectives and priorities during the design stage with your client(s). 

To help, consider hiring a licensed Energy Advisor. They can help guide you through the integrated design process and ensure adherence to industry best practices. 

Rebates for building energy efficient in B.C. 

The CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program provides rebates for the construction of new, high-performance, electrically-heated homes. The program is available to builders and developers constructing new single-family homes, laneway homes, duplexes and townhomes in B.C.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements and available rebates at The program is funded by the Province of British Columbia and administered by BC Hydro. 

Mechanical system design pilot

We're piloting mechanical system design support for builders who aim to achieve an Energy Step Code 4 or 5 energy performance level, or a Net Zero Energy ready certification for their home. Learn more about this pilot offer and eligibility requirements. 

Learn more about this pilot offer and eligibility requirements [PDF, 776.2 KB].

Partner with us

We're proud to partner with leading industry and professional associations in B.C. to help with the learning curve associated with new energy efficiency codes and standards. We're also involved in elevating best practices, case studies, and demonstrations that showcase energy-efficient homes of the future.

If you're an industry association serving the residential new construction industry in B.C. and have an interest in driving energy efficiency new construction best practices and capacity building among your membership, contact us to explore partnership opportunities.

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