West-Eco combines many years of in-house pre-panelized building component consulting, design, project management and assembly experience with North America’s largest and most recognizable SIP manufacturer, Premier Building Systems.
As of December 31, 2022, all new builds in BC will need to be at least Step Code 3 compliant. Alberta’s tiered energy code will also begin implementation in mid-2023. SIPs create high-performance building envelopes, meeting and exceeding the requirements of even the most stringent energy codes. The demand for a high-performance building is only growing!
SIPs already adhere to all requirements of BC Step Code 5. When you build with structurally insulated panels, you are building for the future.
Click on each step to learn more about the BC Step Code and the implementation dates.
The BC Step Code 5 indicates the final code that must be achieved in all new buildings by the year 2032. Over time, building codes will be moving to achieve a net-zero energy-ready building that will produce as much clean energy as it consumes.
The biggest benefit for SIPs is that they already adhere to the BC Step Code 5 building code!
To comply with BC Step Code 4, builders and designers must achieve more rigorous energy efficiency and airtightness requirements.
In order to comply with BC Step Code 3, builders and designers must take a step further to begin taking a more integrated approach. By the beginning of 2023, all builds will be required to be a BC Step Code 3.
Builders can achieve BC Step Code 2 by implementing conventional practices and with widely available materials. These practices and materials must result in an improved airtightness of the building to prevent the release of excessive emissions.
Step Code 1 indicates that a building must perform as well as, or better than a building constructed to meet minimum prescriptive energy efficiency requirements of the BC Building Code. Step Code 1 is intended to help builders familiarize themselves and create a smooth transition into high-performance building solutions.