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.

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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 fortisbc.com/newhome.

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

 

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