The Energy Step Code Council

Preliminary Insights from the BC Energy Step Code Costing Study
July 11, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Preliminary Insights from the BC Energy Step Code Costing Study In the coming years, the BC Energy Step Code is expected to improve building energy efficiency in communities across British Columbia. In an effort to more accurately understand the regulation’s cost implications, we have commissioned one of the most sophisticated high-performance building costing assessments ever developed in Canada. The study, led by Integral Group, will show how the various steps may impact construction costs in various building types and in different climate zones across the province. Though the research remains a work in progress—it is expected in late summer 2017—in this webinar we will summarize preliminary insights. Specifically we will share preliminary results for a few common building archetypes built to the Lower Steps. We’ll also discuss how local governments might, with an example of the City of Richmond’s proposed approach to BC Energy Step Code implementation. Finally, we will hear about how BC Housing’s new design and construction standards will advance high-performance housing while strengthening industry capacity to build the Upper Steps. What you’ll learn: What are the cost ranges for building to Lower Steps in different parts of the Province?What design strategies can help control costs in high performance buildings?  Which housing forms are expected to be the most energy efficient and cost-effective?How can governments show leadership on the Upper Steps?What resources will be available to help industry transition to net-zero-energy-ready new construction? Date: July 11th, 2017Time: Noon - 1pmWhere: Online / Register Here: Speakers: Zachary May, Province of BC (Moderator)Dave Ramslie, Principal, Integral GroupBrendan McEwen, City of RichmondBill MacKinnon, BC Housing  About this Webinar Series:  Since last year, the Energy Step Code Council has been developing resources and commissioning research to ensure local governments have sound, accurate information to inform policy making. Over the course of three Tuesdays in June and early July, our webinar series will update local government staff and elected officials on industry capacity, adoption best practices, and costing.