Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey on the City’s Proposed Step Code Adoption.

We are very appreciative of the time you have taken to provide valuable feedback on the Step Code Adoption options and are excited to share the results with you.

In summary, the number of participants who preferred the ‘Step 5’ pathway over the ‘Step 3 with a Low Carbon Energy System (LCES)’ was the same as the number of participants who were more inclined to choose the ‘Step 3 with a LCES’ option. This survey result was in line with the feedback we received during our last breakout session at the Spring 2021 Builder and Designer Breakfast event.

Here are some more findings from our survey analysis:

  • 57% of respondents were familiar with Low Carbon Energy Systems (LCES).
  • 86% were aware of the CleanBC’s Better Homes New Construction Program that provides rebates of up to $15,000 for high-performance homes.
  • 64% considered ‘Skills/Knowledge Gap,’ ’High Costs,’ ‘Complex Construction Process,’ as the key challenges associated with building Step 5 or Passive Homes.
  • The respondents also mentioned ‘Qualified and Knowledgeable Energy Advisors,’ ‘Awareness Among the Industry and Homeowners,’ ‘Concerns Regarding Unknown Risks/Challenges’ as other issues/challenges for high-efficient home construction.
  • More than 60% agreed ‘Extra FSR,’ ‘Incentives/Rebates,’ and ‘Training/Education Programs’ will better support builders/designers/homeowners to build high-performance homes. 

The survey results will assist the City to understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the proposed Step Code adoption updates and design the future policy to better support industry professionals to build highly energy-efficient homes.    

We’d like to thank you again for taking the time to provide valuable industry feedback on the City’s Proposed Step Code Adoption Schedule. To view the analysis of the full results, please click here.