Climate & Energy 

Energy Efficiency

Energy Renovations and Retrofitting

Are you considering small fixes or major renovation to your home or energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades? Home energy efficiency upgrades can save you up to 60% of home energy costs and provide a more comfortable home year round. They also help increase soundproofing and create a more sustainable environment.

A home energy assessment will help you understand the best energy retrofit options available for your specific home and how to work energy efficiency retrofits into your renovation plans.

Incentives and Rebate Programs
Kootenay Boundary homeowners can take advantage of several home renovation rebates offered through the FortisBC rebates and CleanBC Better Homes Program, a partnership between the Province of B.C., BC Hydro, and FortisBC. 

The CleanBC Better Homes Program will help you find rebates for home improvements that will save you money, conserve energy, and lower your greenhouse gas emissions. You could receive up to $10,000 in rebates. 

Home Energy Assessment 
A home energy evaluation by a certified energy advisor will help you understand the best energy retrofit options available for your specific home and how to work energy efficiency retrofits into your renovation plans. You could be eligible to receive a $200 home Pre-upgrade EnerGuide evaluation rebate or $100 Home Post-upgrade EnerGuide evaluation rebates from the Better Homes program. 

Find an energy advisor near you.

Free Energy Coach Service
Not sure where to start? You can try the Free Energy Coaching Services available for homeowners and businesses undertaking renovations. The Energy Coaches are trained energy efficiency specialists who provide building-science based information about the options and opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of your home or building and are available to answer your questions at all stages of your energy improvement project.

Contact an energy coach for more information. 

Energy Efficient Products and Tips
To find low- and no-cost ways to save energy, plus buying advice for energy-efficient products check out these energy saving tips.

Ever wondered how much it costs to run different appliances and heating systems? Try out the FortisBC calculator. 

To learn more about the benefits of energy efficient technologies, view this guide to the key features of energy efficient products. 

Energy Efficiency for New Building

Attention to sustainability in planning and building your single family or duplex development project (residential) or your commercial or multi-family project (commercial) will create a quality building with reduced long-term utility costs. Use this checklist to help plan, design and build with goals of sustainability and energy-efficiency.

RDKB Sustainability Checklist – Residential 

RDKB Sustainability Checklist - Commercial

The BC Energy Step Code 
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) is implementing the BC Energy Step Code (Step Code) through voluntary compliance as of January 1, 2021.

This means when you apply for a building permit in the RDKB electoral areas as of January 1, 2021, you can choose between:

  1. Step Code energy performance compliance pathway or
  2. Existing Building Code energy requirements.

What is BC Energy Step Code?
Step Code is a performance-based compliance path in the BC Building Code. It sets out energy and airtightness performance targets for new developments. Designers or builders decide how to meet these required targets.

Builders work with a certified energy advisor or a registered professional. They use energy modelling software and on-site testing to demonstrate that both the building design and the construction meet Step Code requirements.

BC has committed to taking incremental steps to increase energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to make all new buildings net zero energy ready by 2032.  A net zero energy ready building is designed and built to a level of performance that could, by adding renewable energy technologies, achieve net zero energy performance.

Resources and References
RDKB Information Sheets:

BC Energy Step Code – Overview

BC Energy Step Code – Part 9 (Simple) Buildings

BC Energy Step Code – Part 3 (Complex) Buildings

BC Energy Step Code – Compliance Diagram

The RDKB Build Energy Smart engagement site that provides the building industry with a central portal with information on education and training sessions, resources and guides as well as an online newsletter (if you register), Q&A and a discussion forum.