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Provincial Energy Compliance Survey As of December 20, 2013, large buildings (Part 3 building in the BC Building Code) constructed in British Columbia are required to comply with the energy provisions in either ASHRAE 90.1- 2010 or the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) - 2011. As of January 21, 2014, the City of Vancouver adopted the same requirements as an amendment to Part 10 of the 2007 Vancouver Building By-Law (VBBL). The Province of British Columbia, in partnership with BC Hydro, is conducting a province- wide formal survey of industry professionals

and building officials that design, build, or review plans for large buildings. Targeted respondent groups include architects, engineers (mechanical/electrical/building envelope), as well as municipal building officials involved with permitting and inspections. The survey is completely anonymous and will be made available online beginning in April 2015 at The Province is encouraging industry professionals to take 15-20 minutes to complete this important survey. Your collective responses will be analyzed to identify gaps and inefficiencies in the code compliance process and may lead to development of new processes to streamline the issues. There will also be an opportunity to provide additional feedback at the end of the survey and sign up for a focus group in July 2015. For questions regarding the survey, or to follow up on survey results, please contact Voytek Gretka at the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines at or 250.952.0626.

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