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Frequently Asked Questions

CleanBC Better Homes New Construction

What are the documentation requirements for the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program?

To access rebates from the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program you are required to provide supporting documentation with your rebate application. Be sure to review the Rebate Eligibility Requirements and Terms and Conditions for a complete list of invoice and supplementary documentation requirements.

Supporting documentation requirements differ based on the rebate pathway and add-on rebates you apply for.

Required documents for each pathway and add-on rebates include:

  • Energy Step Code Pathway
    • Completed As-Built B.C. Energy Compliance Report; and
    • EnerGuide (N) Evaluation Homeowner Information sheet for each individually modeled home or unit.
      • Passive House certified homes to submit the Passive House Planning Package in lieu of the EnerGuide (N) Evaluation Homeowner Information Sheet.
  • Heat Pump Pathway
    • Heat pump installation invoice

Heat pump installation invoices must meet these requirements:

  • All service invoices/receipts must indicate details of the work performed and the address where the work was performed.
  • The contractor’s company name, contact information (phone and/or email), address and GST number must be on the invoices.
  • The builder’s company name and contact information (phone and/or email) must be on the invoices.
  • All product purchase invoices/receipts must have the product’s make, model number, and purchase date.
  • All copies of invoices and documentation must be clear and legible.
  • For detailed documentation requirements by heat pump type see the sample invoices below:

Add-on Rebates

  • Energy Advisor Support Rebate
    • Completed As-Built B.C. Energy Compliance Report; and
    • EnerGuide (N) Evaluation Homeowner Information sheet for each individually modeled home or unit.
      • Passive House certified homes to submit the Passive House Planning Package in lieu of the EnerGuide (N) Evaluation Homeowner Information Sheet.
  •  All-Electric Bonus Rebate
    • Completed As-Built B.C. Energy Compliance Report. A Program Qualified Energy Advisor must complete the following sections:
      • Section B, Other Impacting Features, indicating that there is no fossil fuel connection or use in the home (i.e. no piping, meter, storage or associated equipment on the property); and
      • Section F, Other Energy Modelling Metrics, indicating that natural gas, propane, and oil consumption are 0 GJ/year.

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My municipality is offering Energy Step Code rebates. Can I access both offers?

Yes, CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program rebates can be combined with municipal Energy Step Code-related offers.

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How do I verify the minimum BC Energy Step Code requirement in my municipality?

Prospective applicants should contact the planning and development department of the municipality where their home is being constructed to verify current and future requirements.

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Does CleanBC offer rebates for mechanical system design?

No, the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program does not offer a mechanical system design rebate. However, you may be eligible to access up to $3,500 in funding for this purpose through BC Hydro’s Mechanical Systems Design Offer. For more information, email residentialnewconstruction@bchydro.com.

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I am building a new home in Fortis Electric’s service area. Can I participate in the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program?

At this time the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program is not available to homes built in Fortis Electric territory. However, we are working on introducing this offer in Fortis Electric territory in the future.

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Can I combine rebates from both ZEBx’s Near Zero program and the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction program?

No, CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program rebates cannot be combined with rebates from ZEBx’s Near Zero program.

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I’m building an eligible home. Can I apply for rebates for both the heat pump pathway and the Energy Step Code pathway?

No, applicants can only participate in and receive rebates for one pathway. You will be prompted to select a pathway when submitting your program application.

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I’m building a home with a natural gas fireplace or cooktop. Can I participate in the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program?

Yes, you can still participate in the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program, provided that all eligibility requirements are met. However, you will not be eligible to access the All-Electric Bonus Rebate. This optional rebate is only available to builders who construct a home with no fossil fuel (e.g. natural gas, propane, or oil) use whatsoever (including for space conditioning, fireplaces, cooktops, barbeques, and any other use).

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Are central air source heat pumps with fossil fuel back-up (e.g. dual fuel) eligible to receive a rebate through the heat pump pathway?

No, dual fuel systems are not eligible to receive CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program rebates.

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I am building a new home with a natural gas or propane water heating system. Am I eligible for the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program?

Homes with natural gas or propane fueled water heaters are limited to accessing electric heat pump primary space heating system rebates only, provided that all eligibility requirements are met. Homes with natural gas or propane fueled water heaters are ineligible for the Energy Step Code Rebate, Energy Advisor Support Rebate, All-Electric Bonus, and all water heating system rebates offered through the heat pump pathway.

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I am building a new home with a [natural gas, propane, or wood] primary heating system. Am I eligible for the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program?

Homes that are not electrically space heated are limited to accessing the electric heat pump water heater rebate only, provided that all eligibility requirements are met. Non-electrically heated homes are ineligible for the Energy Step Code Rebate, Energy Advisor Support Rebate, All-Electric Bonus Rebate, and all primary space heating system rebates offered through the heat pump pathway.

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I am constructing a Part 3 building. Can I access rebates through the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program?

No, buildings must be compliant with Part 9 of the BC Building Code in order to participate in the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program. However, your project may be eligible for the CleanBC Commercial New Construction Program. For more information, visit betterbuildingsbc.ca

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My home or building did not achieve the BC Energy Step Code step we were targeting. Can I still receive the Energy Step Code rebate?

If your home does not achieve the target step indicated on your pre-registration form, the rebate amount will be determined by the step achieved, given that a minimum of Step 3 and/or the municipally-adopted BC Energy Step Code requirement is met.

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