Please consider joining us on June 26 to learn how British Columbia became the first North American jurisdiction to create a regulated pathway to reaching net-zero energy-ready buildings.
The province that pioneered a revenue-neutral carbon tax back in 2008 is now, just over a decade later, leading the continent on performance based energy codes with the BC Energy Step Code.
The BC Energy Step Code enjoys broad support from industry, utilities, and all levels of government. Communities that oversee more than three quarters of British Columbia's residential construction activity are now using the standard, and it is already driving steady increases in new-building energy performance across the province.
Though the standard amounts to what one of its architects calls a "revolution in code development," it didn't happen by accident. In this one hour interactive presentation, we will share 10 lessons from British Columbia's recent experience that may be of interest to other jurisdictions. These include:
- Why multiple cooks make a better market-transformation meal. - The fundamental limitation of incremental code development. - Why code authorities should not fear local governments. - How governments can tackle "costing pain points." - The four types of builders, and what to offer each of them to build support for high-performance construction.
Following this online launch event, we will send registrants a link to download the free full 32-page report, "Lessons From the BC Energy Step Code: How British Columbia became the first North American jurisdiction to create a regulated pathway to net-zero energy-ready buildings." James Glave and Robyn Wark co-authored the report with funding support from BC Hydro and Natural Resources Canada.
WHAT: Live online launch of "Lessons from the BC Energy Step Code"
The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is a member-based, non-profit organization that supports the sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of energy in British Columbia and beyond. The association collaborates with governments, industry, universities and other institutions, other non-governmental organizations, and citizens to put in place the conditions needed to accelerate the province's transition to a lower-carbon economy.
WHAT WE DO
The BCSEA develops and undertakes educational programs, policy advocacy, public outreach and energy planning in the following areas:
BCSEA's five chapters; Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops, Okanagan and South Peace, directly interact with their member constituencies, volunteers and members of the public. They host events, engage the public with community projects and extend BCSEA's reach across BC. BCSEA's chapters allow the association to enjoy the unique position of engaging and interacting with members across the province.
Advance Renewable Energy Generation
BCSEA strives to demonstrate that clean energy is a significant economic driver offering benefits to all British Columbians.
BCSEA endeavors to build and maintain citizen support for the clean energy industry and foster conditions under which government can take further action to support the sector.
Advance Energy Conservation and Efficiency
BCSEA creates and supports projects and initiatives that educate citizens to the benefits of conservation and efficiency.
Advance Low-Carbon Passenger Transportation
With transport contributing 39% of the province's overall GHG emissions, BCSEA reinforces the policies and leadership that incentivize and accelerate zero-emission options.
WE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING ON BEHALF OF OUR MEMBERS:
Sustainable Energy News & information Our web site offers sustainable energy articles and opinions, policy proposals, local events, how-tos, informational resources, forums, social media and a lot more. Visit our news page to see what we have to offer!
BCSEA also produces a monthly newsletter filled with articles, information on events and news on sustainable energy developments both globally and from within British Columbia. To receive regular updates and the monthly BCSEA newsletter, join our mailing list!
BC Utilities Commission Interventions BCSEA successfully represents sustainable energy values at BC's energy regulatory commission. BCSEA's Policy Advisor Tom Hackney is directly involved in the decision making process within the BCUC and regularly produces articles on the BCUC processes.
Energy Directories BCSEA maintains a comprehensive and extensive list of its sustainable energy business members and other partner organizations. Through this, BCSEA drives traffic to its business members' websites.
Webinars BCSEA is proud to host webinars with expert speakers on a range of renewable energy and sustainable development topics. Check out our webinar page for information on our past and upcoming webinars. Sponsorships are available!
Cool It! Climate Leadership Training Cool It!is an interactive environmental workshop and contest for students in grades 4 to 7. BCSEA's in-class program has reached over 70,000 BC kids to date. Sponsorships are available!
Special Events BCSEA and its chapters hold events all year long, like Energy Connections. Through these events, BCSEA reaches hundreds of British Columbians and informs and inspires them to take action in combatting climate change and living a sustainable way of life.