Lesson series

Mechanical Systems to Meet the BC Energy Step Code (online)

3 hours online training course, 3 cpd
We will discuss how to compare strategies for improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions of mechanical systems both in the overall building design and in system selection, including for up-front and lifetime costing.
We will discuss how to set expectations for deliverables from the energy modeler and mechanical contractor regarding right-sizing, design and installation, quality assurance, and verification/ commissioning
We will discuss how to assess basic mechanical installations for overall quality and communicate with designers/ installers on areas of concern.
We will discuss how to evaluate basic code-compliant mechanical systems design and installation approaches and use industry resources to guide the selection of appropriate heating/ cooling/ventilation systems likely to be used in homes complying with Step 3 and beyond.
We will discuss how to compare the cost implications of the installation and operation of typical mechanical systems as part of the selection and evaluation process, including maintenance and lifecycle implications.
We will discuss how to manage the sequencing and coordination of the mechanical system installation and verification on-site to account for the BCESC compliance process including airtightness testing, inspections, commissioning, and compliance reports.
We will discuss how to assess modern and emerging mechanical systems for suitability and integration with homes built to BCESC Step 3 and beyond, especially relating to increased airtightness and future GHGI considerations.
We will discuss how to consider throughout design and construction the diverse range of occupants such as Indigenous persons, the elderly, and those from equity-seeking groups, who will be using the mechanical system to control interior conditions to meet their needs.
So ultimately, builders would be able to use knowledge of the basic characteristics of correctly designed and installed code-compliant mechanical systems used in BCESC homes when communicating with mechanical designers and mechanical trades.
Upon completion of this module, builders would have a better understanding of the correct design and construction steps for heating, cooling, and ventilation systems used in BCESC homes.

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.