Non-Member Cost :




*Do you have a project manager or subcontractor that would benefit from this session? If so, group rates are available:

  • 2 registrations: $175 per person
  • 3+ registrations: $160 per person

CHBA BC members receive an additional 25% off the above prices. Please contact us at to find out more.

CPD Points:


BC Housing Competency Area:

Construction Technology

Time Commitment:

7.5 hours

Delivery Method:


Course Description

This one-day course will take a deeper dive into the BC Energy Step Code metrics for Part 9 buildings and how to achieve Step 3 and higher through design and building techniques to build better and minimize costs.  The content will focus on practical strategies for effective design, proper selection and installation of mechanical systems, and airtightness. Using real world examples and different housing archetypes from local climates, we will examine why some projects fail while others pass easily.   This session is geared towards building and design professionals.  Instruction will assume a basic understanding of the BC Energy Step Code.


Topics covered include:

  • Design and material considerations for Step Code compliance
  • Tips for communicating with mechanical designers and mechanical trades to ensure properly-sized and installed HVAC equipment
  • Airtightness best practices, testing process and checklist

This course will include an onsite component at the end of the day.  Using a local real world onsite home, the class will participate in a blower door test.   This will include hands on preparation for the test, highlighting of common problem areas as well as strategies for improvement and repairs. Attendees will also have the chance to discuss their own strategies and solutions for a cost-effective air tightness result.  This session will also discuss airtightness best practice and strategies for renovations.

As this portion of the course will take place on a local construction site, please dress appropriately for conditions. Access to a vehicle will be required to get to the site from the hotel venue.


8:30 am – 5:00 pm, February 7 – Penticton, BC
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, February 9  – Nelson, BC
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, February 10 – Cranbrook, BC
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, April 28 – Kelowna, BC


Course Format

This in-person course requires successful completion of the following components:

  • Attendance for the full duration of the in-person session

Course Material

There is no textbook for this session. All materials are contained within the presentation during the in-person session. Any supplementary materials provided by the speaker will be emailed to students post-session, if applicable.

Meet the Speaker

Mark Bernhardt

Bernhardt Contracting

Mark is the President of Bernhardt Contracting Ltd., a licensed builder based in Victoria BC. In 2012, Bernhardt Contracting built the first Certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, and has since gone on to build or consult on dozens more. Mark is also a Certified Energy Advisor and Passive House Consultant, and over the past year has spent much of his time helping other builders gear up for Step Code and higher performance buildings.

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Meet the Speaker

Joe Hart

Founder and CEO, Icon Homes Ltd.
Former CHBA BC President

Joe Hart is a member of CHBA Northern British Columbia and previously served as its local president from 2017-2019. He is a founder and CEO of Icon Homes Ltd. since 1995, offering both new homes and renovations to Quesnel and Cariboo region as a licensed residential builder. With experience in starter homes, developments, and custom homes, Joe is an excellent voice for CHBA BC’s membership when advocating on provincial issues. In 2018, Joe’s company initiated the second net-zero energy home in northern B.C. in order to trial energy-efficient processes in a northern climate.

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