Changes to Building Codes in British Columbia

2012 BC Building Code

The 2012 BC Building Code energy revisions  for Part 3 buildings will come into effect on December 20, 2013. The Part 9 energy revisions will come into effect a year later, on December 19,  2014. The Building and Safety Standard Branch issued an important bulletin last May, it contains valuable information on selecting the correct climate zone for the province of BC.

The changes themselves can be found here:

The information bulletin can be found here:

2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw

The Vancouver Building Bylaw will implement parallel energy changes for Part 3 buildings on the same date, December 20, 2013, prior to the  new 2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw (2014 VBBL) being implemented early in 2014.

Information, clarifications and other resources for  the VBBL energy requirements are available here:

The 2014 VBBL, based on the National Building Code of Canada 2010,  is currently scheduled for implementation March 1, 2014. As soon as it is available, we will publish the information. We are working with the City of Vancouver to secure the  list of differences between the BC Building Code 2012 and the 2014 VBBL  that may be available before the 2014 VBBL  itself is available for purchase, that too will be published here as soon as it is available.

2015 National Building Code of Canada and National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings

Both the 2012 BC Building Code and the 2014 VBBL  are based on the 2010 National Building Code of Canada, and both reference the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings. The National Building Code of Canada is the applicable building code within the province of BC on some federal lands.  Proposed changes to the next editions of  both of these documents are currently open for public review, the review period  ending December 23, 2013. Registrants are encouraged to review, and share their expertise by commenting on the proposed changes.

Questions on these change processes can be directed to Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC, Practice Advisor at

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