Burnaby Beefs Up Efficiency and Carbon Requirements for Larger Buildings


The BC Energy StepCode

Mon, 12/03/2018
This past month, the City of Burnaby adopted new energy efficiency performance and greenhouse-gas limits for larger and more complex new buildings—including offices, stores, and multi-unit residential towers like those shown above near Metrotown.
Under the new rules, as of early 2019, a proponent developing a project under existing zoning would need to undertake energy modelling and air tightness testing, as required by Step 1, Part 3. Those proponents who wish to rezone a property will have two choices as of July 1, 2019: Either deliver on the performance requirements of Step 3, Part 3 of the BC Energy Step Code, or meet the less-stringent requirements of Step 2, but install a low-carbon energy system.
The City also said it would tighten up the requirements within two to five years, to achieve higher levels of energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions. [Read the details on the City of Burnaby's site, or media coverage in Burnaby Now]