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How the BC Energy Step Code Works

The Province of British Columbia first introduced energy efficiency as a BC Building Code objective in 2008. Ever since, designers and builders have had the option to use either “prescriptive” or “performance” approaches to comply with the code’s efficiency requirements.

To date, the vast majority of builders in British Columbia have pursued the prescriptive approach. Following this approach, buildings must meet specific requirements for insulation, windows, furnaces, water heaters, lighting and other equipment and systems. It focuses on individual elements, rather than ensuring the building functions well as a system. The result can be a building that does not perform as well as intended.

Builders have a second option to comply with the energy-efficiency requirements of the BC Building Code: the performance approach. The BC Energy Step Code offers a specific form of this approach.

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12 Storey Wood Buildings

B.C. building code adjusted upwards to allow 12-storey wood buildings

B.C. is changing its building code to allow the construction of taller wood buildings as a safe, economic and environmental alternative to concrete apartments and office buildings, Horgan said Wednesday.

B.C.’s building code changes come a year ahead of expected changes in the national building code, which are also expected to increase height limits for wood buildings to 12 storeys, Horgan said.

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The A, B, C’s of PEX pipe

By Uponor

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Although PEX, or Crosslinked PolyEthylene is not a new material for piping, it is seeing new applications in the commercial building market. For decades in North America, PEX has been used in radiant floor heating and snowmelting systems. Then its use migrated into residential plumbing systems. Today, you will find more and more PEX being used in commercial buildings. Not just in the traditional radiant floors, but now in commercial plumbing systems and commercial hydronic distribution systems.

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