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Better Buildings BC

Better Buildings BC: The Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge is a new provincial incentive program and competition designed to encourage the design and construction of low-carbon, net-zero energy-ready buildings.

The program will provide incentives for the design and construction of multi-family, commercial and institutional buildings that achieve the top step of the BC Energy Step Code. Those designing and building projects to the “passive house” standard are also eligible to apply. The program is open to all members of the building design and construction industries.

The program consists of a “Design Incentive” and “Net-Zero Energy-Ready Incentive.” Both aim to help offset the incremental costs currently associated with designing and building to a net-zero energy-ready level of energy performance. Both incentives will vary by project size and type. The maximum combined incentive that any one given project could receive is $390,000.

Eligible building types include all low-rise and high-rise residential, commercial office and institutional buildings that fall under Part 3 of the BC Building Code. Applicants must submit an expression of interest by Nov. 30, 2018. A selection committee of design and construction industry professionals will recommend final winning projects to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in June 2019.

The Exemplary Buildings Program, in Brussels, Belgium, provided the inspiration for the Better Buildings BC: The Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge. Between 2007 and 2009, the program resulted in 117 winning projects — including homes, offices, schools, and child care centres — all built to the passive house standard.

The Province will celebrate Better Buildings BC winners as leaders in innovative building design in British Columbia and showcase them to the building industry and the public as best practices in low-carbon, energy efficient design.