2012 BCBC and 2014 VBBL: Energy, the Final Frontier?

By: M. Greg McCall, P.Eng.

Energy conservation and emissions reduction concepts have made their way into the public and professional realms to varying degrees over recent decades, but as Vancouver positions itself to be the World’s Greenest City by 2020, and BC is skipping an entire energy standard, the world of energy efficient design is clearly here to stay. Vancouver has been at the forefront of this charge by referencing its first energy standard within the Vancouver Building By-Law (VBBL) in the early nineties—joined by the province in 2008.

Recently, British Columbians have been introduced to the BC Building Code 2012 (BCBC), and seen previews of the soon-to-be-released 2014 VBBL. Both entail significant advances in building energy requirements. Now, BC aligns with Vancouver to become the first jurisdictions to adopt and implement both ASHRAE’s 90.1-2010 and Canada’s National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB 2011).  Click here to view the full article.