Lesson series

Mastering Module 1: BC Energy Step Code Overview and Requirements
6 hours

The Training Program Description and Objectives and Outcome:
This training program was specifically designed and created to support British Columbians that maybe employed or have been employed in the construction sector to gain technical skills in response to technological advancements and essential skills to obtain good-paying jobs and increase job security,
This program aims to provide absolutely high-value and high-quality corporate training to help employers in construction industry to train their current or future employees to meet their immediate needs of the business and the participant’s job, to help employers build up an agile, skilled, and resilient workforce which is essential for strong, sustainable and balanced growth with a strategic competitive advantage for productivity and innovation
Upon completion of the following modules
We will discuss how to present evidence to team members and clients that modeled projected climate conditions indicate a need for houses with improved home energy efficiency, durability, and occupant comfort.
We will discuss how to compare at a high level the energy use, durability, occupant comfort characteristics, and potential broader climate impacts of “business-as-usual” houses with those of Step 3 or higher houses, including for a diverse range of Part 9 housing formats and users.
So ultimately, builders would be able to recognize the importance of building housing in BC that responds to climate change through energy efficiency, durability, and comfort, for a diverse range of occupants.
We will discuss how to explain to a layperson how the BCESC compliance pathway works, its origin, and the need for a code that regulates energy efficiency.
We will discuss how to explain to a diverse range of clients and team members how the BCESC compliance pathway can offer value both financially and in comfort to end-users, especially in the context of future climate conditions and its impact on at-risk populations.
We will discuss how to identify how a performance-based BCESC Step 3 compliant home’s design and construction process is different from a current prescriptive-based building, the benefits in increased flexibility, and how it can effectively accommodate a diverse range of Parts 9 house formats.
We will discuss how to list the owner/occupant benefits of a home built to BCESC Step 3 or higher from an energy usage and building operation perspective.
So ultimately, builders would be able to formulate an appropriate explanation for team members and clients from diverse backgrounds on how the BC Energy Step Code works, its benefits, its origin, and its primary goals.
We will discuss how to identify the primary building design characteristics that contribute to a building’s ability to meet the requirements of Step 3 and above, and potential challenges associated with diverse Part 9 housing formats and locations in BC.
We will discuss how to check that a building energy model reported energy usage metrics to comply with Step 3 BCESC requirements and be able to translate the outcomes of the energy report in plain language (grade 5 level) to a client/homeowner.
We will discuss how to consider greenhouse gas emissions, both for intensity and total use, from building energy fuel type, the use of low carbon non-electric fuels, and the future compliance metrics that may govern their use.
So ultimately, builders would be able to quantitatively assess a building’s BC Energy Step Code compliance based on energy modeling results using thermal and mechanical energy use metrics.
We will discuss how to assign the appropriate party for filling out sections of the compliance report and understand the typical timing of generating inputs.
We will discuss how to check compliance reports for the correctness and realistic assumptions, including for diverse building characteristics, and communicate effectively with team members to gain assurance that compliance report inputs are correct. BC Energy Step Code Training Overview
So ultimately, learners would be able to coordinate the completion of modeling, testing, submissions, and inspections needed in the BC Energy Step Code compliance process for a diverse range of Part 9 construction projects.
Upon completion of this module, builders would have a better understanding of the groundwork for the overall design and compliance process and share the motivation behind this evolution towards performance-based code. It is not intended to cover design principles for the BCESC since it is covered in Module 2.
This course is not equivalent to the eight training modules that were developed by BC Housing to prepare builders to build to Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code. Completion of this courses will not satisfy the step code condition placed on general contractor licenses by BC Housing.
the successful participant (student) will gain the right mix of knowledge and skills to adapt to the labour market’s changing job requirements, to be well equipped to respond to the evolving demands of the labour market
The intended outcome and result of training will be improved job-related skills leading to increased job security and /or a better job for a current employee of the applicant employer and /or a job for an unemployed person
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Admission Requirements
Participants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), who are entitled to work in Canada. at least 16 years old and be either:
• Unemployed, or
• Employed by the applicant employer
Once training is completed, employers will hire or continue to employ participants in B.C
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Program Duration
The duration of the program is 4 weeks.
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Learning Resources
Learning resources are mainly from textbooks, real-life case studies, internet information, as well as videos.
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Delivery Methods:
In-class instruction, On-site, Distance/Online, or Combined
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Marking Scheme
This program will have two parts; one part is a theory, and another part is practice.
Completion of distance class of theory will be counted as 50% towards the final grade, Completion of case study, term project, and presentation will be counted as 50% towards the final grade.
Grading scale for each class is as follows:
A 94-100%
A- 90-93%
B+ 86-89%
B 83-85%
B- 80-82%
C+ 75-79%
C 70-74%
D 60-69%
F 0-59%
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Requirements for Graduation
Courses with grades lower than “C” is not counted toward the completion of the corporate training program.
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Capacity (number of participants): 30
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Name of instructors: team of experts of Vancity Institute,
Jamie, Designer with Bachelor’s Degree of interior design and 25+ years of construction professional experience along with tremendous 10+ years experience in teaching and coaching
Vivian, Lawyer with Bachelor’s Degree of law, 25+ years of construction professional experience along with 10+ years experience in teaching and coaching
Richard, Engineer with Bachelor’s Degree of engineering, 25+ years of construction professional experience along with 10+ years experience in teaching and coaching
Bill, QS with Bachelor’s Degree of engineering, 30+ years of construction professional experience along with 10+ years experience in teaching and coaching
Thomas, architect with Bachelor’s Degree of architecture, 35+ years of construction professional experience along with 15+ years experience in teaching and coaching
Qian, Administrator and associate instructor, with Bachelor’s Degree of Economics, 8+ years of admin experience along with 8+ years experience in teaching and coaching
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