The Energy Efficiency updates include changes to requirements affecting the building envelope, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and service water heating.
The updates are intended to address issues with:
- Air leakage
- Uncontrolled thermal transfer
- Unnecessary energy demand or consumption for heating and cooling, service water heating, and electrical equipment and devices
- Inefficiency of equipment and systems
- Unnecessary rejection of reusable waste energy
The same provincially-trained and certified Safety Codes Officers who issue building permits and inspect construction have been trained and certified to administer the new Energy Codes.
Following an initial transition period, the permitting and inspection process will not change and is not intended to add additional processing time for applications.
The new Energy Efficiency and Energy Code updates include three possible paths to achieve the new energy requirements:
- Prescriptive with Simple Trade-Off
Overview of the ABC 9.36 Compliance Paths
Learn more about the three paths in the ABC 9.36 Energy Efficiency Requirements Guide.
Overview of the Application and Inspection Criteria