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North Cowichan to Launch BC Energy Step Code Incentive Program
August 19, 2020
(North Cowichan, BC) – Beginning October 1, 2020, North Cowichan is launching an incentive program to encourage voluntary compliance with the BC Energy Step Code. Council has amended the Building Bylaw to require all new construction in North Cowichan to comply with Step 2 of the BC Energy Step Code, as of May 1, 2021. Until then, all new builds in North Cowichan that voluntarily meet or exceed Step 2 of the BC Energy Step Code, will be eligible to apply for an incentive. $30,000 from the Climate Action Reserve Fund has been allocated to provide rebates on a first-come-first-served basis until funds are exhausted.
Once Step 2 becomes mandatory, only builds that voluntarily meet or exceeded Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code may be eligible to apply for an incentive. Early participation in the Step Code program is expected to have a positive effect on the energy efficiency of North Cowichan’s building stock, by encouraging a higher energy efficiency standard in advance of mandatory requirements. This will help reduce our overall carbon footprint and support North Cowichan’s climate action goals.
Builders who register for our program can receive a rebate of up to $1,250 by ensuring new builds comply with the BC Energy Step Code. “I am excited to see this program roll out and support Council’s update of the Climate Action and Energy Plan. This is a tangible way we can address GHG reductions, encourage higher efficiency in all new builds in our community, and is a good way to invest money from the Climate Action Reserve Fund back into the community,” said Mayor Al Siebring.
For more information, or to apply for our incentive program visit: www.northcowichan.ca/stepcode
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan