FortisBC’s New Home Construction program is designed to support the adoption of the BC Energy Step Code, advance higher efficiency new construction, and enable homeowners to enjoy lower energy bills and more comfortable, durable, and healthy homes. The FortisBC New Home Step Code Incentives are available for homes with building permits after March 29, 2018.
BC Energy Step Code
|Rebate||Energy Advisor Rebate*|
|Step 3||$2,000||$0 or $400**|
*If a municipality has not adopted Step Code, FortisBC Provides $500 in energy advisor support with $100 going to the energy advisor at mid-construction and $400 going to the builder when construction is complete.
**If your development is located in the City of Vancouver, or a municipality that has adopted Step Code 3 or higher, the energy advisor rebate for builders is not available; however, $100 will continue to go to the energy advisor.
- Natural gas incentives are only available to FortisBC residential gas customers (rate 1)
- Water heater incentives are not available if building is built to Step 2 or higher
- Natural gas fireplaces must have an EnerChoice label and be an eligible model.
- Electric appliance incentives are only available to FortisBC electric and municipal electric customers
|Gas||ENERGY STAR 0.67 Tank Water Heater||$200|
|ENERGY STAR Non-Condensing Tankless Water Heater||$400|
|ENERGY STAR Condensing Tankless Water Heater||$500|
|ENERGY STAR Condensing Storage Tank Water Heater||$1,000|
|ENERGY STAR Dryer*||$100|
*maximum two per dwelling
**maximum five per dwelling
|Electric||ENERGY STAR Fridge||Up to $100|
|ENERGY STAR Washer||$100|
|ENERGY STAR Dryer||Up to $250|
|Heat Pump Water Heater||$1,000|
- The home must be new construction and built in FortisBC’s electricity* and/or natural gas service area.
- New home construction built in FortisBC natural gas service area must have both natural gas space and water heating.
- New home construction built in FortisBC electric service area must have both electric space and water heating.
- New home construction built in FortisBC electric and natural gas service area can use electricity or gas for space and water heating.
- The home must be a part 9 residential building (single family home, duplex, townhome, or laneway home).
- Builders must work with a registered EnerGuide Rating System energy advisor in order to access the New Home Construction program.
- Builders pursuing Step 5 rebates must contact the program to confirm program eligibility.
- The building permit must be issued March 29, 2018 or later.
*Includes Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland and Nelson Hydro
How to Apply
- Carefully review the terms and conditions to confirm your eligibility.
- Register your project at the mid-construction phase by submitting the online registration form and including:
- Builder declaration
- Pre-construction BC Energy Compliance Report
- EnerGuide P Report (EnerGuide Homeowner Information Sheet)
- If a pre-drywall blower door was performed, preliminary blower fan extrapolated results.
- Apply for the incentives at the post-construction phase by submitting the online application form and including:
- If the project was not registered at the mid-construction phase, submit the builder declaration
- For BC Step Code Steps 2-4 incentives, copy of as-built BC Energy Compliance Report
- EnerGuide N Report (EnerGuide Homeowner Information Sheet)
- EnerGuide label
- If applying for appliance rebates, include copies of legible, itemized invoices showing purchase and installation date, make, model and serial number and other relevant information
The following forms must be submitted within 6 months of the date of issuance of an occupancy permit for the development:
- Post-construction application
- Gas rebate application
- Electric Rebate Application
- Energy Advisor Support Application
- If a home does not meet target metrics, rebates for the equivalent lower step can still be pursued as long as an occupancy permit has been issued.
- Check out our incentive search tool for other energy efficiency upgrades rebates.
- Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.