Modernizing the Building Bylaw

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Consultation has concluded

The City has adopted a new Building Bylaw No. 2018-01 following thecompletion of the engagement program. In addition to improving policies andprocedures, incorporating changes in the BC Building Act and Code, the newbylaw introduces recommendations from the BC Energy Step Code to achieve moreenergy-efficient buildings. The City met with industry stakeholders this pastspring to identify improvements and reviewed them with the community throughshapeyourcitypenticton.ca and at the ‘Juicy Topics’ open house. The draft bylawwas updated to eliminate the automatic requirement of an engineer to designfoundations for all simple buildings and to revise the start date of theimplementation of Step 01 of the Energy Step from Jan. 15 to March 15. You canread the new bylaw here. The City of Penticton wishes to thank the residentsand businesses who contributed to this work.




The City has adopted a new Building Bylaw No. 2018-01 following thecompletion of the engagement program. In addition to improving policies andprocedures, incorporating changes in the BC Building Act and Code, the newbylaw introduces recommendations from the BC Energy Step Code to achieve moreenergy-efficient buildings. The City met with industry stakeholders this pastspring to identify improvements and reviewed them with the community throughshapeyourcitypenticton.ca and at the ‘Juicy Topics’ open house. The draft bylawwas updated to eliminate the automatic requirement of an engineer to designfoundations for all simple buildings and to revise the start date of theimplementation of Step 01 of the Energy Step from Jan. 15 to March 15. You canread the new bylaw here. The City of Penticton wishes to thank the residentsand businesses who contributed to this work.




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Here are some of the most common questions about the proposed changes to the Building Bylaw.

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    How will it be implemented?

    about 2 years ago

    Staff are anticipating reviewing the proposed Building Bylaw with Council in September with the goal of it taking effect in November of this year.

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    What is a "net zero energy ready" building?

    about 2 years ago

    The ultimate goal of the BC Energy Step Code is Net Zero Ready construction.

    Net-zero energy buildings produce as much clean energy as they consume. They are up to 80 percent more energy efficient than a typical new building, and use on-site (or near-site) renewable energy systems to produce the remaining energy they need.

    A net-zero energy ready building is one that has been designed and built to a level of performance such that it could, with the addition of solar panels or other renewable energy technologies, achieve net-zero energy performance.


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    What does it mean to builders?

    about 2 years ago

    The BC Energy Step Code came into force in April 2017 and builders have the option of building to the requirements at any time. Local governments have been granted 3 years (2017-2020) to evaluate their local context and to develop a strategy suitable for their particular locale. This transition period is an opportunity for local governments to be proactive by adopting one or more Steps to enable the local market to mature and to spur increased industry capacity for services and products that support higher performing buildings.

    At the moment, the BC Energy Step Code only applies to Part 9 residential buildings (under 4 storeys and less than 600m2 building area) for regions outside the Lower Mainland and Southern Vancouver Island. For Part 9 buildings, there are five performance target steps, each representing a higher level of performance. Steps 1 through 3 represent the Lower Steps, while Steps 4 and 5 form the Upper Steps (Figure 1).

    Steps in the BC Step Code

    Step 1 is designed to familiarize builders with measuring energy efficiency. Builders will need to use a whole-building energy model to calculate the energy consumption of their buildings as well as have a building airtightness test done.  However, the construction of the building remains the same as conventional construction and it only needs to meet the performance of the base BC Building Code. The Step Code forms a framework by which the construction industry can, over time, “step up” the performance of their buildings to the net-zero energy ready level that must be achieved by 2032.


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    Are any changes expected in the future?

    about 2 years ago

    The following items will be brought forward to Council for consideration in requesting the Province to address issues related to:

    • Construction Flood Levels

    • Accessibility and adaptable residential construction

    • Fire Sprinklering requirements for residential development


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    What is the BC Energy Step Code?

    about 2 years ago

    The BC Energy Step Code is a voluntary provincial standard enacted in April 2017 that provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that go beyond the requirements of the base BC Building Code. It does so by establishing a series of measurable, performance-based energy-efficiency requirements for construction that builders can choose to build to, and communities may voluntarily choose to adopt in bylaws and policies.

    On June 5th,  City Council have provided initial support for implementing Step Code measures for new Part 9 residential construction with continued consultation through the summer and fall. The proposed implementation plan will be:

    Building Type

    January 15, 2019

    January 01, 2020

    January 2021

    SFD/2/3/4 - plex

    Step 01

    Step 03

    -

    Carriage house

    Step 01

    -

    Step 03

    Townhouse/Low-rise apartments

    Step 01

    Step 03

    -

    For more information on the Step Code, please go to: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/construction-industry/building-codes-standards/energy-efficiency/energy-step-code


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    What is new?

    about 2 years ago

    The following items have been included to address issues that have historically impacted the permit process or new requirements under Codes:

    • Numbering of Buildings during construction and at time of Occupancy,

    • Fire access routes for Part 9 Simple buildings in rural areas,

    • Additional precautions for infill and steep slope developments,

    • Design for Buildings in Wildfire Interface Areas,

    • Provisions for the BC Energy Step Code

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    What is being modified or expanded?

    about 2 years ago

    The following areas within the existing bylaw have been modified:

    • Authority of Building Inspectors and when permits are required,

    • Requirements related to improvements to existing buildings,

    • Requirements to when Registered Professionals are required and their responsibilities,

      • Geotechnical and Structural Engineers for Part 9 Simple buildings

    • Permit application requirements for simple and complex projects,

    • Demolition, Plumbing and Mechanical permits,

    • Permit expirations, extensions and securities,

    • Maintenance Requirements for swimming pools,

    • When retaining walls are required,

    • Occupancy & phased occupancy requirements,

    • Moving or relocating an existing home or manufactured home,

    • Defined terms


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    What is being removed?

    about 2 years ago

    Through the Act, the following requirements have been eliminated (Dec 15/17), until further consideration by the Province in 2018/19:

    • Sprinklering Part 9 (Simple) apartment buildings greater than two stories in height.

    • Fire Flow calculations for Part 9 (Simple) buildings.


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    What is changing?

    about 2 years ago

    Changes within the new bylaw are intended to clarify and clearly communicate building permit requirements and conditions; enhance enforcement tools and permitting options to mitigate adverse construction impacts; and allow for better alignment with other civic bylaws.

    • The Bylaw has been reformatted to make it easier to read in simpler language,

    • Clearer expectations from owners, agents, professionals, designers and trades people,

    • Better outline for permit application, inspection and occupancy process, and

    • Provide increased consistency to improve customer service and reduce liability exposure to the City.


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    What is the Building Act?

    about 2 years ago

    The Building Act is B.C.'s first act dedicated to building and construction - it's designed to modernize and streamline the building regulatory system. The main changes under the Act revolve around:

    Consistency - establishes the Province as the sole authority to set building requirements (that is, technical requirements for the construction, alteration, repair, and demolition of buildings) - the objective is to create more consistent building requirements across B.C., while still providing local governments with flexibility to meet their needs

    Competency - establishes qualification requirements for building officials to improve consistency in how the BC Building Code is interpreted, applied, and enforced

    Innovation - supports local governments and other local authorities through the implementation of a provincial review process to evaluate innovative building proposals

    For more information about the Act please go to: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/construction-industry/building-codes-standards/building-act