The presentation of the 2017 Climate & Energy Action Awards took place on Wednesday, September 27 at the 2017 Union of BC Municipalities Convention. The Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy presented the awards which recognized the leadership of B.C. local governments and public sector organizations to meet energy efficiency goals.
A 2017 Climate & Energy Action Special Award was given to the BC Energy Step Code Council in the Collaboration category for the two-year, multi-stakeholder consultative process to develop the BC Energy Step Code – a voluntary provincial standard that is a performance-based approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that go beyond the requirements of the base BC Building Code. This unprecedented award was given based on the extensive collaboration that led to the successful adoption of the BC Energy Step Code. The Council, which represented a broad spectrum of building industry professionals and trades, as well as local government, public sector organizations and utilities, met for more than two years to support the creation of a consistent, predictable and measurable province-wide standard. The BC Energy Step Code will allow local governments to continue to advance energy efficiency improvements in their communities.
Zachary May, Chair of the BC Energy Step Code Council, spoke to the efforts of fellow council members, “I’d like to thank the government, industry, utility, and public sector members for their hard work over the last two years to collaboratively develop a BC Energy Step Code that reflects the needs of all stakeholders and creates a roadmap for affordable, energy efficient buildings.”
The AIBC continues its support of the BC Energy Step Code with Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC representing the institute on the BC Energy Step Code Council.