The City of North Vancouver is making changes to building permit applications, starting November 1. Building Permit applications for single-family houses, coach houses, duplexes, and some townhouses will be required to comply with new energy efficiency requirements as of November 1, 2023.
In a press release, CNV said its Construction Regulation Bylaw has been updated to reflect new minimum energy efficiency requirements for Part 9 residential buildings, which includes single family homes, coach houses, duplexes and some townhouses. The regulations were updated under the province’s Energy Step Code and the Zero Carbon Step Code.
The new requirements
As of November 1, 2023, building permit applications for new Part 9 residential buildings will be required to demonstrate compliance with the Energy Step Code and the Zero Carbon Step Code.
Building Permit applications must include the Design Verification Report and the applicable portion of the Provincial BC Step Code Compliance Checklist. Details are available on the City’s building permit webpage at cnv.org/permits.
The BC Building Code defines the minimum required performance levels for buildings in the areas of life safety, building safety, health, accessibility, and energy efficiency. The Energy Step Code was introduced in 2017 by the province to provide energy efficiency thresholds for local governments to implement.
In 2021, The City implemented low carbon requirements to reduce emissions from building mechanical equipment. The adoption of the province’s new Zero Carbon Step Code will align City and provincial low carbon requirements to provide a more consistent regulatory framework for new construction, CNV says.
In the City of North Vancouver, carbon pollution from buildings accounts for 43% of emissions, a significant proportion of which is attributed to natural gas for space heating and domestic hot water. The City has a target of zero emissions by 2050 and it aims to do that through better constructed buildings and low-carbon energy systems. “Transitioning to high performance new homes with zero-carbon emissions from mechanical systems will reduce emissions from residential homes and support quality construction, improved comfort, and better indoor air quality,” CNV says.