Non-Member Cost :




25% off for CHBA BC members – learn more here

CPD Points:


BC Housing Competency Area:

Construction Technology

Time Commitment:

Minimum 2.5 hours

Delivery Method:

Online (via eLearning)

Course Description

This course provides an overview of how architectural and mechanical design choices can have a significant impact on certain building performance parameters, which can either help or hinder compliance as well as impact overall cost. This course will help builders understand how they can explain to team members and clients the basic considerations for designing and building to the BC Energy Step Code (BCESC) Step 3 and beyond, including considerations for future climate readiness, market expectations, potential cost implications, diverse building types, and future code readiness. This course will also help builders assess qualitatively a building’s likelihood of meeting various performance requirements of the BCESC based on its design elements.

This course contains 9 interactive micro-lessons addressing Module 2: Meeting the BC Energy Step Code by Design.

Identify Project Coordination Efforts

House Window Size & Orientation Impact on Performance & Cost

Common BC Design and Construction Approaches

Early-Stage Design – Building Element Considerations

Mechanical Systems Comparison

Relative Energy Usage Based on House Shapes and Ratios

Optimizing a Building’s Overall Design

Key Detailing and Building Form Elements

Design for Thermal Comfort

Course Format

All online courses require successful completion of the following components:

  • Review all course materials in full
  • Write a online final exam (an 80% passing mark on the final exam is required to successfully complete the course)

Course Material

All course materials are contained directly within the online course modules.