The BC Energy Step Code (The Step Code)

What is the role of an Energy Advisor?


Model the home in Hot2000 (NRCan’s energy modeling software) from the plans provided by the Architect or Designer. Give recommendations on various scenarios to meet Step Code and criteria required by municipality.


Prepare documents for submission for Building Permit. Report details Compliance Path, building Assemblies, Systems, Predicted Energy Consumption (GJ/year), Step Code compliance and any optional certifications.


Pre-drywall Airtightness Test for Homes (PATH). Record blower door test information. Work with on-site team to seal home for air-tightness and submit Compliance Sheet for Insulation Inspection (if required).


Post construction blower door test. Create House Performance Report and provide copy for building inspector (if required). Certify home with NRCan and provide Energuide Rating Sticker to homeowner (through our affiliated service organization).

What are the steps?

Below are samples from current building practice (EXAMPLES ONLY) of changes builders have made to decrease the energy consumption of the built home. New designs, materials and techniques are constantly being introduced, creating new ways to meet the Step Code requirements. There is always more than one way to meet each step.

bc energy step code graphic showing five levels of step code

Step Code Adoption

Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Regions

The following municipalities have implemented various stages of The BC Energy Step Code:

BC Energy Step Code adoption in municipalities

Information is accurate as of October 2021 – Note the change from Step 3 to Step 5 in the North Shore, which came into effect on February 28, 2021

Municipalities are increasing the level of compliance (moving through the steps) on various timelines. Contact Capture Energy for up to date requirements based on the exact location and size of your build. You can also learn more about the BC Energy Step Code at

Where are you building?

Contact us to guide you through the requirements for each municipality.

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