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Overview of CleanBC Better Buildings rebates and incentives

CleanBC Better Homes program overview

CleanBC Better Homes and Better Buildings is an integrated offer of financial incentives, information and support to help households and businesses save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by switching to high-efficiency heating equipment and making building envelope improvements.

The program was launched in September 2018 under the name EfficiencyBC. It has since been renamed CleanBC Better Homes and expanded in scope and impact via the 2019-20 provincial budget. As part of the B.C. government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will double the rebates on select home-heating and energy-efficiency upgrades for a limited time.

CleanBC Better Homes incentives overview

Home-efficiency rebates include:

  • up to $3,000 to switch from a fossil fuel space-heating system to high-efficiency electric heat pump (with additional incentives available in some municipalities) – doubled to $6,000 for a limited time
  • up to $2,000 for homeowners to upgrade their windows and doors
  • up to $5,500 for insulation for homes heated with oil or propane, to complement existing insulation rebates from BC Hydro and FortisBC
  • $1,000 to switch from a fossil fuel water heater to a heat pump water heater – doubled to $2,000 for a limited time
  • $500 for an electric service upgrade when switching from a fossil fuel space- or water-heating system to a heat pump – doubled to $1,000 for a limited time
  • $1,000 for upgrading to a high-efficiency natural gas furnace within FortisBC territory (in partnership with FortisBC)
  • up to $300 in rebates for hiring a program-qualified energy advisor to do personalized energy assessments of your home (up to $450 in some partnering municipalities)
  • $300 Two-Upgrade Bonus for completing two energy upgrades
  • Home Energy Improvement Bonus from $750 to $2,000 for homeowners who undertake multiple upgrades and complete energy assessments on their home
  • free energy coaching services by phone and email to help people make decisions about renovation projects
  • high-value rebates for high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and water heaters for income-qualified customers within FortisBC territory (in partnership with FortisBC)
  • low-interest financing as an alternative to rebates when switching from a fossil fuel heating system to a heat pump, including an additional $3,000 rebate for a limited time

Better Homes New Construction Program:

  • supports the construction of high-performance homes built in accordance with the BC Energy Step Code or that use high-efficiency heat pumps
  • up to $10,000 for constructing BC Energy Step Code compliant homes from Step 3 to Step 5
  • up to $4,000 in rebates for high-efficiency heat pumps for space and/or water heating
  • $4,000 bonus rebate for homes with no fossil fuel connection whatsoever (including for cooktops, gas fireplaces, etc.)
  • $1,000 bonus rebate for working with an energy advisor

CleanBC Better Buildings incentives overview

Commercial Custom Program:

  • intended to help building owners and operators reduce GHG emissions in their existing commercial buildings
  • up to $20,000 for energy studies to identify cost-effective improvements in commercial buildings, multi-unit residential buildings and non-profit housing
  • up to $200,000 in capital incentives to support the installation of eligible electrification measures

Commercial Custom-Lite Program:

  • a simplified version of the larger CleanBC Custom Program and is intended to facilitate smaller custom electrification opportunities across the commercial and institutional building sector
  • up to $2,000 for energy studies
  • up to $72,000 in capital incentives

Commercial Express Program:

  • facilitates simple, small electrification opportunities in commercial and institutional buildings
  • streamlined application process, with no energy study required
  • up to $100,000 in capital incentives

Commercial Social Housing Incentive Program:

  • offers energy study funding, project implementation support and GHG reduction incentives
    • the program is administered by BC Housing and is designed to complement the Social Housing Retrofit Support Program (SHRSP), which is offered by BC Hydro and FortisBC
  • up to $5,000 for energy studies
  • up to $7,000 for project implementation support
  • up to $200,000 in capital incentives

Commercial New Construction Program:

  • to support adoption of electric heat pump systems in new commercial buildings and multi-unit residential buildings
  • supports electrification measures focused on building heating (space heating, ventilation, service hot water and heat recovery systems)
  • energy feasibility study funding of up to $15,000 to identify the most effective low-carbon electrification opportunities
  • up to $500,000 in capital incentives to help with capital costs, based on modelled emission reduction performance