November 2022
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From the Building and Safety Standards Branch
End of BCBC Public Review Period

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November 4th marked the end of the Province’s six-week review period for their proposed changes to the BC Building Code. By the end of the review period, 205 survey responses were received. The Building and Safety Standards Branch will now review those comments and consider them while writing the final code language. Stay tuned.

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From the Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings Learning Centre at BCIT
Wet West Coast: The Nuxalk Nation Housing Initiative

Exemplary practice in training and construction of energy-efficient and durable homes

The Coastal First Nations have developed a recipe for culturally appropriate and affordable homes constructed by the community, using locally available resources documented in the Wet West Coast building specification, Coastal First Nations New Housing Guide, a collection of education and awareness videos, as well as the new youth training and engagement video series by the Nuxalk Nation Housing Initiative.  The new housing design includes innovative affordable solutions, and new applications showing how it's possible to build durable and energy-efficient high-performance homes even in rural communities with a limited budget. 

Over the last five years, the Nuxalk Nation Housing Initiative has documented its successes while training local builders and trades, constructing and evaluating the performance of new homes, and educating the community on how to operate and maintain a new high-performance home.

This year, Nuxalk Nation embarked on a youth training program to create engagement and excitement for building and maintaining high-performance, culturally appropriate and affordable homes in Bella Coola. A new six-episode training video series features the first group of young Nuxalk learners developing an applied understanding of building science, plumbing, ventilation, wood-burning appliances, and rain screens.

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From the Community Energy Association

Building A Legacy North’s Repository of Cold-Climate Resources 

Free recorded webinars, case studies, and technical booklets for climate zone 6 and colder

L - R: Nathan Saarela, Damon Zirnhelt, Shay Bulmer, Sam Zirnhelt. Four prominent northern net zero builders in attendance at last month's ribbon cutting at the Williams Lake First Nation’s new net-zero duplex. Photo credit: Rob van Adrichem, CEA

Using the performance pathway of the Step Code changes the way new construction proceeds, right from the design phase of a project.  Starting with an energy advisor conducting an energy model, and then factoring in key energy efficiency metrics of air tightness, thermal energy demand and mechanical system energy use, fundamental building science concepts are essential to the project's success. 
With this in mind, the Building A Legacy North initiative, a collaboration of the Community Energy Association and Canadian Home Builders' Association Northern BC, developed a repository of free resources specific to rural and cold-climate regions of the province. Freely access recorded webinars, cold-climate case studies, and technical booklets on wall, and roof assemblies.

Recorded webinar topics include:

  • Envelope and airtightness solutions
  • Best practices for working with an energy advisor
  • Cold-climate heat pumps
  • Mechanical systems solutions
  • Marketing high-performance homes
  • And more…

Keep an eye on the Building A Legacy North website for more upcoming webinars, in-person workshops, and inspiring case studies as the northern BC building industry embraces the opportunities of high-performance buildings in some of the province’s most challenging climates. 

Building A Legacy North is primarily financially supported by BC Hydro.

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From the Building and Safety Standards Branch 

Energy Step Code and Carbon Pollution Metrics Reports

For the data geeks!

The Building and Safety Standards Branch published an updated Energy Step Code Metrics report on its website last month that provides updated costing estimates and technical analysis for the new proposed energy efficiency baseline of 20% better than BCBC 2018. In addition, it includes an overheating risk analysis using current and future typical weather data. 

Find the technical and costing data with regard to the proposed Carbon Pollution Standard, take a look at BSSB’s Analysis of Part 3 Buildings and Analysis of Part 9 Buildings reports. 

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From the Zero Emissions Building Exchange
Case Study: Oso Development 

From the Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge Winner Series

What makes the OSO residential development in Golden BC impressive is not just the fact that the buildings are all-electric (climate-friendly), energy-efficient (top step of the BC Energy Step Code), and climate-resilient, but also how they were constructed in a highly cost-effective way. This had a lot to do with the developer/builder that has several high-performance building projects under their belt.  
On December 1st, ZEBx is hosting a Decarb Lunch event where participants will hear about the OSO development and Vidorra Development’s journey to this unique status in the building industry. More event information is available here.

Check out the most recent, in-depth case study on this finalist of the CleanBC Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge below.

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Here are a few of the Energy Step Code related events coming up this month:

Based on several examples and case studies, this whole-day workshop will explain the differences between a "high performance" and "energy efficient" building and will familiarize participants with the concept of holistic approach towards building envelope energy efficiency. 
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Use this 2-day lab course to complement your learning from XZEB 1120 through hands-on practice constructing and testing various air barrier systems, materials, and assembly details. Lab activities will cover air and thermal barrier approaches and details for foundations, above and below-grade walls, roofs, interfaces, windows, balconies, penetrations, and low-embodied carbon insulation material options.
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This workshop will empower builders with the communication skills to be able present the increased value of the BC Building Code Tier Three code changes coming early in 2023, and to encourage homeowners to opt for the even better performance of Tier Four and Five.
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Join ZEBx at BCIT's fascinating High-Performance Building Lab for this great educational and networking opportunity featuring Oxygen8. Come learn about the latest in locally-manufactured dedicated outside air systems (DOAS) and heat and energy recovery ventilators (H/ERV) for schools, offices, senior care facilities, and multi-family buildings. 
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For a full list of upcoming events please click here:

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This calendar is the result of industry partnership work led by the Canada Green Building Council to better align communications and recognition of Green Building Projects, training and education. Industry training providers in BC are invited to join the calendar to contribute to BC’s rich education and training community around all things high-performance and low-carbon construction.
Credits: The Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) has produced this update on behalf of the Capacity Building and Communications Subcommittee of the Energy Step Code Council. This monthly bulletin keeps government, industry, and utility stakeholders informed of recent and upcoming developments with the BC Energy Step Code. You may unsubscribe from these updates at any time.

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