Support for Local Government Capacity Building and Step Code Implementation
The Building A Legacy (BAL) Toolkit, inspired by the successful BC Energy Step Code (ESC) engagement initiative carried out in the East Kootenay region of BC, has been prepared for local governments to assist the implementation of the ESC. In this guidebook you will find a general introduction to ESC, related Provincial and local government context, and a collection of implementation activities for use by municipalities.
On this BAL Toolkit webpage, you will find free webinars, a link to the guidebook, and additional resources and customizable templates for use in your region’s ESC implementation program. This toolkit is applicable to all communities, large and small, seeking to implement ESC for new buildings.
Implementation of the toolkit is about building local capacity. Ideally there is staff support and resources to execute. Additional support and facilitation, can be provided by CEA. See the CEA Building A Legacy webpage for ideas about what might also work in your regional context: https://www.communityenergy.ca/projects/building-a-legacy/. We are happy to answer questions about this guide and or toolkit. To contact CEA directly, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinars and Workshops
BC Building Codes are evolving and we want you to know how to benefit. CEA frequently hosts training on Step Code and high performance building. Find our extensive library of free, pre-recorded webinars at Building A Legacy North (www.communityenergy.ca/bal-north )
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Building A Legacy Toolkit Guide with Quick List of Activities:
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Resources by Activity
Pathway to Success:
Pathway to Success video: view on YouTube
Public Showcase examples:
Air Tightness Workshop examples:
ESC video: view on YouTube
Builder Workshop Agenda & Itinerary:
Template Building a Legacy Introductory Presentation:
Introduction to Energy Step Code video: view on YouTube
Content materials handouts:
List of potential topics (see Quick List reference sheet):
BuildSmart Tailgate Meeting video example: view on YouTube
Tailgate Workshop Registration & Itinerary:
Content materials handouts:
Real Estate Engagement:
ESC Case Study Overview:
Building A Legacy - case studies on YouTube:
Hideaways Development Case Study
Fort Point Residence Case Study
Forest Crowne Case Study Part 1 of 2
Forest Crowne Case Study Part 2 of 2
Mark Street Townhome Case Study
Building A Legacy- case studies print:
More Case Study information on the Energy Step Code website
Proposals & budget:
Find our growing library of free Step Code and high-performance pre-recorded webinars at a sister-site, Building A Legacy North: www.communityenergy.ca/bal-north
Includes Such Classics As:
- Marketing High Performance Homes
- Building a House as a System: Achieving Net Zero in Cranbrook, BC
- Residential Solar PV Systems: Demystified
- Cold Climate Heat Pumps: Mysteries Unraveled
- Working with an Energy Advisor
- Mechanical System Solutions (3 Part series)
- Enclosure & Airtightness Solutions
- Step Code Solutions for Northern BC
Building A Legacy North
Building A Legacy playlist
BC Energy Step Code:
BCIT - Zero Energy Buildings
BC Housing Resources:
Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide
StepWin is a web-based tool with an intuitive interface for Step Code Evaluation.
Shift helps building industry participants, investors, and policy makers to:
- understand the changing building codes by city
- identify the changing component landscape
- realize new opportunities
Roof Assemblies Technical Booklet:
Wall Assemblies Technical Booklet:
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BC Energy Step Code Graphics:
High Performance House Graphic
Building A Legacy:
Building A Legacy Tailgate:
CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program (Part 9) – Up to $15K for eligible new homes
CleanBC Commercial Express (Part 3) - https://betterbuildingsbc.ca/incentives/cleanbc-commercial-express-program/
targeted to operators of small and medium-sized businesses with interest in fuel switching
CleanBC GoElectric (Part 9 and Part 3)
CleanBC Better Buildings – Custom, Custom Lite, New Construction (Part 3)
rebates for home (single family and MURB) and workplace EV charging
https://www.fortisbc.com/rebates/home/new-home-construction?utm_campaign=newhome&utm_source=collateral&utm_content=newhomeew Home Program
Part 3 (and soon large Part 9) FortisBC Commercial New Construction program: https://www.fortisbc.com/cnc
*check with your energy advisor and building official for any additional local incentives
“Building A Legacy” is an initiative of the Community Energy Association (CEA). This toolkit was created by CEA to enable customized replication of the successful outreach, policy, and education program first delivered in the East Kootenay. Credit to CEA.
This toolkit was developed and prototyped by the Community Energy Manager role in the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) and prepared by CEA.
We gratefully acknowledge that this guide has been made possible with the direct financial support of BC Hydro, with various elements of the Building A Legacy East Kootenay program having been developed through financial contributions from BC Hydro, Columbia Basin Trust, RDEK, FortisBC, Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and BC Housing.