Requirements Part 3 Buildings Prior to July 1st 2021

The British Columbia Building Code provides up to three energy efficiency compliance pathways for Part 3 buildings, depending on the use and composition of the building.  In an effort to streamline the review of Building Permit applications for complex buildings, the City of North Vancouver has developed standardized application forms to assist applicants and designers in both clearly identifying and conforming to the chosen regulation.

  1. Design Verification Report
    The Design Verification Report is typically completed by the Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP).  The Report identifies the energy efficiency compliance pathway that has been selected for the project.  Further, the Report identifies the various Registered Professionals that will be responsible for designing to the selected regulation.
  2. Design Intent Letters
    For projects not seeking to comply with the BC Energy Step Code, the Design Intent Letters are completed by the Registered Professional of Record (RPR) for each relevant professional discipline in the design team.  In completing the Letter, the RPR is identifying that they are aware of the selected energy efficiency compliance pathway and have designed the building to be in general conformance with that regulation in their area of responsibility.
  3. Energy Intensity Report (Pre-Construction)
    The Energy Intensity Report (Pre-Construction) is only required for projects seeking to comply with the BC Energy Step Code.

For Residential Buildings Over 4 storeys, Commercial, and Mixed-Use Buildings Designed to meet the BC Energy Step Code

Effective December 15, 2017, the Construction Regulation Bylaw requires all newly constructed residential, commercial, or mixed-use buildings that fall under the scope of Part 3 of the BC Building Code to meet Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code and complete Fundamental Building Commissioning.

Building Permit Applications must include a Design Verification Report and Energy Intensity Report, at time of Building Permit submission.

Upon substantial completion of the project and prior to Final Inspection:

  1. A Fundamental Building Commissioning Report and City Cover Page and
  2. A Completion Report must be submitted to the Building Inspector.

For All Other Part 3 Buildings Designed Designed to meet ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or NECB-2011

Currently, the BC Energy Step Code does not apply to buildings (or portions of buildings) containing Group A (Assembly), Group B (Care), and Group F (Industrial) Occupancy classifications. These buildings are required to comply with either ASHRAE 90.1 or the NECB.

Building Permit Applications must include a Design Verification Report and Design Intent Letters, at time of Building Permit submission.

Upon substantial completion of the project and prior to Final Inspection a Completion Report must be submitted to the Building Inspector.

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