Around Town: BC Energy Step Code Seminar – What It Means For Future Buildings In The North Island

November 9, 2017

The Step Code: The BC Energy Step Code is BC’s new voluntary energy code for buildings which local governments can choose to be a requirement in their jurisdictions. It outlines the incremental steps to guide designers and builders towards buildings that will meet near net zero or passive house levels of energy efficiency.

RDH Building Science Inc. is hosting a 3-hour BC Energy Step Code Seminar November 22 in Courtenay.

The Seminar: This 3 hour seminar will provide an overview of the Energy Step Code and address questions regarding the substantial changes that will result. The seminar will focus on Vancouver Island and best solutions. Material will be presented from the upcoming Builders Step Code Guide. The latest research and practical applications for improving whole building airtightness and achieving higher R values in walls and roofs will also be included.

RDH & Graham Finch: RDH Building Science Inc. is an engineering company that focusses on energy efficiency and building enclosure consulting services for new and existing buildings. Many know of RDH from their best practice guides published through the Homeowner Protection Office: Guide for Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures; Building Enclosure Design Guide for Wood-Frame Buildings; Best Practices for Window & Door Replacement; and many Builder Insight Bulletins.

This free seminar will be presented by RDH principal Graham Finch, P.Eng., MASc. Graham is a Senior Building Science Specialist, leads RDH’s west coast building science research group, and has co-authored many design guides. He is currently working with BC Housing to develop the Illustrated Builders Guide for the BC Energy Step Code which will be featured throughout this seminar.

Seminar information: Wednesday, November 22, noon until 3 pm, Courtenay venue to be confirmed.

RSVP: Required, call or email Megan at 250.703.4753 Ext. 24 Email:

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