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Enviromez - Home Energy Consultancy

Welcome to EnviroMez.ca in the Okanagan Valley BC

'Local, Dependable, Knowledgable'

Call 250-306-3740 or Email nick@enviromez.ca

'Helping you raise the bar when it comes to building energy efficient homes' 

BC Energy Step Code is here.....


Let me help you get those Fortis BC Step Code Rebates
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO FROM FORTIS BC
$1,400-00 to $8,400-00 for Step Code Qualified Homes


Several Cities and Districts have already implemented it, and those who haven't are developing their implementation plans. The one thing that is for sure is that it is not going to go away. The BC Energy Step Code compliance methodology is based on an analysis of expected home performance based on analysis that reveals that design's expected energy efficiency. Certified Energy Advisors are licensed professionals who deliver these services.

The BC Energy Step Code consists of 5 Steps. Each Step contains a set of energy targets that must be met  and the targets get tougher as we move up through them. Step 1 is 'Enhanced' Compliance (Basically Current Code plus Air-tightness Testing) and Step 5 would generally align with a Net Zero Ready home. Steps 1, 2 and 3 are considered the Lower Steps while Steps 4 and 5 are the Upper ones.

Step Code Compliance for Steps' 2 and higher require the a design to meet three specific performance targets. These are, Building Envelope, Equipment and Systems and Air-Tightness. Energy Modelling is mandatory for a proposed design show that the required metrics will be met. When complete, all homes (Including Step 1) must be tested for Air-Tightness using a Blower Door Test.

Many jurisdictions are currently consulting on Step Code and others are already referencing it in their Building By-Laws.  Step Code rebates and incentives are also available from Cities and Districts. Fortis BC are currently offering Whole Home Rebates from $500.00 to $8,000.00 to builders who want actually go through the process at minimal cost.  Follow this link to check out the Fortis BC offer and terms and conditions... Fortis BC New Home Construction Step Code Rebates 

Adoption of the Step Code is still optional for Municipalities but it is key to support the BC Climate Leadership Plan which wants all new construction across the province to be "net-zero energy ready" by 2032.


Read About The BC Energy Step Code Here


 I am here to help you design and build more comfortable efficient homes. I offer a range of services for both new home builders supporting the BC Energy Step Code, Energuide Rating System, Air-Tightness Review and Testing, Net Zero Energy Home and BUILT GREEN® initiatives.

I work with property developers, contractors, architects and humble self builders, to design and build homes that they know will offer superior levels of comfort and energy efficiency. I also work with Log Home designers and builders across BC who are required to follow the Performance Path to gain Building Permit Approval for their designs.

I act as a liaison between my Clients, Municipalities/Districts and Contractors such as Solar PV designers helping with sizing of Net Zero Energy home designs, running different Building Envelope and HVAC scenarios and of course ensuring the Energy Step Code Permitting Process runs as smoothly as possible.  

Anyone can tell you that a home is well built and energy efficient but purchasing a home that is certified to any of the above standards with an Energuide Rating tells them that this home it has gone through a significant testing and verification process during construction and once complete. If you are interested in getting involved with a home energy certification program to demonstrate your commitment to energy conservation give me a call and lets see how I can help you.

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Let me help you to meet your home performance goals, call today...

                     250-306-3740

For more information email me at nick@enviromez.ca

Note: EnerGuide is an official mark of Natural Resources Canada and is used with permission.