Updated January 10, 2022
The District of Sooke is eager to help developers, builders and homeowners provide high-quality construction with energy efficiency as a top priority.
Home energy retrofit rebates
- Home heating (switching from a fossil fuel heat source, oil, propane, or natural gas, to an electric heat pump; for a total of up to $3,700 in rebates)
- Water heating
- Building envelope (insulation, windows and doors)
- Bonus offers for two or more upgrades
Search rebates at: BetterHomesBC.ca
Free home energy coach support
Assessing your home
Through the BC Energy Step Code, the Province has set performance requirements to increase the energy efficiency of newly constructed buildings. BC’s goal is that all new buildings be net-zero energy-ready by 2032.
As of January 1, 2022, building owners and designers, you are required to comply with the requirements of the applicable Step of the BC Energy Step Code as indicated in the District of Sooke Building Bylaw No. 780, below is a summary:
|2022-2027||Step Three (3) = A wood-framed residential building six (6) stories or less, or regulated by Part 9 of the Building Code.|
|Step Two (2) = All other buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Building Code.|
|2027-2032||Step Four (4) = A wood-framed residential building six (6) stories or less, or regulated by Part 9 of the Building Code.|
|Step Three (3) = All other buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Building Code.|
|2032 onward||Step Five (5) = A wood-framed residential building six (6) stories or less, or regulated by Part 9 of the Building Code.|
|Step Four (4) = All other buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Building Code.|
The Step Code is a provincial standard that provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving energy-efficient construction. Through performance modelling and on-site testing, buildings constructed to the Step Code standard will exceed the energy performance requirements of the base BC Building Code.
The Step Code provides local government and industry with a clear framework to make progress towards the provincial goal that all new construction in BC is built “net-zero energy ready” by 2032. The Province defines a net-zero energy ready building as one that has been designed and built to a level of performance, such that it could (with additional measures) generate enough onsite energy to meet its own energy needs. It’s expected that net-zero energy-ready buildings will be required by the BC Building Code by 2032.
For builders – the energy model results for the building design shall be provided by your Energy Advisor using the Pre-Construction Compliance Report, to be submitted with your building permit application.
- District of Sooke Building Permit Information Page
- BC Energy Step Code website: energystepcode.ca
- A look inside an energy-efficient home
- Working with an Energy Advisor: Your roadmap to a High-Performance Home
- BC Hydro Energy Savings
- Solar Power
Below are links to external agencies that provide incentives for green building, development and/or home improvements.