Energy Step Code: Training Opportunities and Need to Know for Building Officials

Presentation Summary:

The new Energy Foundations Program has been developed specifically for building officials whose communities have either adopted or have plans to adopt the BC Energy Step Code within their jurisdictions. With the BCBC 2018 code update, requirements to improve the energy efficiency of buildings to require compliance with new building energy efficiency codes and standards have been codified. Where adopted, these requirements relevant to certain types of buildings would apply in those jurisdictions that have adopted the BC Energy Step Code via the Code, a bylaw or a policy. Through the Ministerial Order BA 2018-02, revisions to BCBC 2018 that includes refinements to the Energy Step Code metrics to make them realistic and more widely applicable were introduced along with energy efficiency requirements relevant to existing buildings.

This panel session moderated by the Co-Chair of the BC Energy Step Code Council will provide an overview on:

  • The new Building Official handbook,
  • On-line Courses,
  • Compliance Forms applicable to Part 9 buildings, and
  • Joint Professional Practice Guidelines –Whole Building Energy Modelling Services.

Join this session to understand the updates to the BCBC 2018, pick up the tools available to seek compliance with the BC Energy Step Code and to catch a snapshot of the training material available to the building officials.


Moderator: Robyn Wark MRM MCIP is Team Lead of BC Hydro’s Sustainable Community program, and a leading strategist and coach on low carbon communities.  Robyn has co-created numerous peer networks, innovation labs, committees and councils to bring partners together to solve sustainability challenges, including the Community Energy Manager Network, Energy Step Code Council, and Local Government Electric Vehicle Peer Network. She brings creativity and fun to her teams, as well as deep knowledge of organizational strategy, relationship mapping, and change management.  Robyn is a popular speaker, and has shared lessons from her work extensively with professional organizations, business, universities, and government.

Robyn contributes to boards and councils, including the BC Energy Step Code Council (Vice-Chair), Community Energy Association Board (Treasurer), and QUEST BC (Vice-Chair). Her work has won multiple awards from associations such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Real Estate Foundation of BC, and the Canadian Institute of Planners.  In 2013 she was awarded the Individual Award for Leadership in Advocacy & Innovation from the Planning Institute of BC.


Graham Finch, P.Eng., RDH Building Science: Graham Finch is a building science engineer who specializes in research and investigation work. His work experience includes a wide range of projects including building enclosure condition assessments, forensic investigations, research studies, energy assessments, building monitoring programs, field review, and testing services for new and existing buildings. He has also worked with numerous building product manufacturers on product research and development, performance monitoring, and field testing. Graham is regarded as an industry leader in evaluating thermal energy and hygrothermal (heat, air, and moisture) performance of building enclosure systems.

Harshan Radhakrishnan, P.Eng., Engineers and Geoscientists BC:  Harshan Radhakrishnan supports the Professional Practice, Standards and Development Department with by providing practice advice, interpretation and guidance to the Association and its members|licensees on matters related to the professional and ethical practice of engineering and geoscience in British Columbia. Mr. Radhakrishnan is a registered professional engineer in BC and Alberta and holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He represents the association at the Energy Step Code Council and has project managed the development of Joint Engineers and Geoscientists BC/ Architectural Institute of BC Professional Practice Guidelines – Whole Building Energy Modelling Services.