RDKB, FortisBC join together to launch Build Energy Smart program

By Contributor
December 8th, 2020

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary recently announced the launching of Build Energy Smart, a program to provide the building industry with resources to prepare for the BC Energy Step Code that will become mandatory in 2022.

The RDKB program is funded by FortisBC through its own BUILTbetter program. These programs support builders by increasing awareness of how to build more energy efficient homes. They also provide resources and training to the industry so by 2022 new buildings will use 20 per cent less energy than today.

“We’ve been really fortunate to receive funding from FortisBC so we can support those in the building industry who already follow the BC Energy Step Code, or who want to know how to follow it,” said Freya Phillips, RDKB senior energy specialist.

“Everyone needs to prepare for the Step Code to become part of the BC Building Code in about a year from now.”

The first Build Energy Smart information session will take place on December 10, 2020 at 7:45 a.m. by webinar. It will provide an overview of the Step Code, explain how to work with a Certified Energy Advisor and walk participants through the best way to access FortisBC incentives and rebates.

“Building to BC Step Code can be a steep learning curve and we’ve seen that supporting builders in achieving this standard is proving to be an effective way to help transform the housing market to net-zero ready homes,” said Siraz Dalmir, key account manager, energy solutions, FortisBC.

“We appreciate the partnership with RDKB on this and many other initiatives that are helping to meet B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions targets set for 2030 and beyond. We encourage builders to attend these sessions and learn about the many ways we can help.”

The information session is part of – Build Energy Smart – a special project on jointheconversation.rdkb.com that provides the building industry with one central portal to resources, information on education and training sessions as well as an online newsletter, Q and A tool, and discussion forum.

About the BC Energy Step Code

The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial standard that provides a five-step, incremental approach to make buildings more energy-efficient so the Province of B.C. can meet its goal of having all new buildings be Net Zero Energy ready by the year 2032. ‘Net zero’ means that emission of greenhouse gases equals the equivalent of the volume of greenhouse gases absorbed from the atmosphere.

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