A perfect storm for housing is on the horizon. In addition to new mortgage qualifying rules and rising interest rates, BC’s upcoming Step Code will adds thousands of dollars to the cost of home building.
Green washing politicians and bureaucrats are driving the agenda leaving consumers to suffer the unintended consequences like leaky condo.
What can YOU do? Tell your municipal council you don’t want the Step Code in your municipality. Each local govt makes the decision. Stay with the National Building Code and if interested in greater efficiency levels, look into hiring a Built Green builder with certified education.
Media are examining the real costs of the upcoming BC Step Code to housing in Canada’s most expensive province. Energy efficiency in new homes is marginally improved at significant cost while while older homes with 10 to 40 air changes per hour remain unchecked. It’s a classic case of govt green washing and diminishing returns. Aside from the rising housing costs, the govt’s own report says at least 46% of licensed builders will not have the necessary training to build to the higher levels of the Step Code which will result in unintended consequences.
The best source of information on the Step Code is by contacting VRBA or by reading the following media stories:
John Bleasby in Canadian Contractor Magazine did a great job covering the BC Step Code challenges and what could have been done differently: “When did it become fashionable to ignore the National Building Code in Canada?”
More info on BC’s proposed Step Code: