In September 2016, the Canadian Commission on Building and Fires Codes (CCBFC) approved a policy position paper on a Long-Term Strategy for Developing and Implementing More Ambitious Energy Codes. The paper identifies and examines policy issues related to developing and implementing a long-term strategy for more ambitious energy codes. For each issue, the CCBFC’s policy position is presented. The document’s purpose is to set the direction of energy codes developed through the CCBFC, and with the support of Natural Resources Canada, for new and existing houses and buildings in Canada.
In order to address the considerable effort and resources that are required to meet the goals outlined in the policy position paper, as well as the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the CCBFC recently approved the formation of a new Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency (SCEE). This committee has a Terms of Reference that combines the mandates of the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (SCEEB) and the Task Group on Energy Efficiency in Houses and Small Buildings (TG-EEHSB). SCEE’s membership was recently appointed, meaning that the committee will soon be ready to have its first official meeting, where it will continue the excellent progress of SCEEB and the TG-EEHSB on the development of progressive energy efficiency targets (tiers) for houses and buildings.